I used to prefer working out solo. It was my alone time to focus on myself. Of course, this was around the time when I was going through that bad break-up so a lot of "me" time during fitness activities were happening. Again, that's what sparked my obsession with running. Then I got the pacer gig with Nike, which required me to run and chat with people. Absolutely no headphones! I got so used to it that now I prefer to run or workout with someone. Emily has become my workout buddy aside from Brian. I think there are lots of advantages to working out with a friend.
They're your, what Brian calls it, "accountabilibuddy." They hold you accountable for getting them up at 6am to run Harvard Stadium. It wouldn't be fair if they got up super early, and while they're on their way to whatever your workout destination is, you text them and tell them you're sleeping in. They make you get your ass up and put in the work.
There are so many partner workouts out there that you can try. It's always fun to workout with a friend that you like and chat about everything and anything. I mean, I guess why would you workout or let alone hang out with someone you don't like, right? Well, like Spongebob Squarepants said, "'F' is for friends who do stuff together. 'U' is for U and me. 'N' is for anywhere and anytime at all..." And that's exactly right: you can workout anytime, anywhere with a friend and have fun at the same time.
I don't try to compete with anyone. I just do my own thing and I want everyone to succeed. But with any type of sport, it can become somewhat of a competition. By working out with a partner, you both push and motivate each other to go harder and get stronger. At least I know that's what I'm about when I workout with someone.
Workout buddies = food buddies. Emily and I workout 3 to 4 times a week together depending on our work schedule. So after our workouts, we go out to eat. We usually prefer something healthy but sometimes end up at a Mexican spot in East Boston, and that's ok since we've already put in work!
Make sure to find a workout pal that you LIKE. You have to vibe with the person in order for things to... workout, figuratively and literally. World Series attitude is a must especially since you're working toward a better lifestyle. Who has time for negative vibes?! It's also critical to share the same goals with you fit pal. Again, you guys can push each other and support each other's goals. For instance, whenever Emily and I go out to eat, she usually choses the healthier option, meanwhile, I get french toast with extra butter. I tease her sometimes because to her, "everything is fattening," but I respect her decisions and just make her jealous with every bite I take of my delicious, tempting french toast. It takes 2 to tango, so being picky with a workout pal isn't such a bad thing.