Sometimes, it is just more fun to work out with a friend. In cases where a current friend or family member isn’t available, you may consider searching for someone who can turn in to the workout partner of your dreams. In order to find the best exercise partner for your personality, and your needs, consider these questions to help you make a selection.
What exactly are you hoping for?
Are you looking for someone who you can run with, side-by-side, for miles a day? Are you looking for someone to help keep you motivated while you work with free weights? Do you want to work out with someone who is as into cheesy romantic comedies as you are so you can talk while you walk?
Understanding what sort of exercise partner you are looking for can help you streamline your search, especially if you have reaching specific realistic fitness goals in mind. The kind of person who would make a great training partner for your first 5K may not be the best partner for someone who is looking to combine their work out time with a bit of socializing.
If you are looking to place an ad, say on your gym’s bulletin board or a wider classified ad site, being able to be specific can help speed the process up by ensuring everyone is on the same page before you begin.
Have you checked their background?
If you are considering meeting someone new then it may be wise to do some checking into their background. There are a variety of sites that can provide information, either for free or for a fee, and reliable reviews on each service are often readily available, such as http://backgroundhawk.com/my-review-of-spokeo/. By looking for certain starting information, you can help increase the likelihood that the person you are considering truly is who they say they claim to be.
Do you have access to the same facilities?
While this may be less of an issue when you find your workout partner through a bulletin board in your gym, if you are searching through other means, it is important to find out if you both have (or are willing to get) access to all of the facilities you are hoping to use. It won’t due either of you any good if you prefer to work inside a gym, but you both have memberships to different facilities and are not interested in making a change.
Not finding the right person?
If you can’t seem to locate the right person, consider a different approach. If you have access to a gym, consider joining group classes for activities you enjoy. Not only does this help you get a workout in, but it may introduce you to other people who have similar interests and fitness goals. In some cases, participating in classes can substitute for a single workout partner, or it can help create new connections with people you may not have met otherwise.
If group classes aren’t your preferred workout method, consider joining a sports league or club. Many areas have casual sports leagues, such as softball or bowling, or have a variety of running clubs. You may be able to find out about these options through local gyms, as well as area parks. Sometimes, cities sponsor classes at their parks, providing locals with a way to have fun using the city facilities.