Recently we surveyed our nationwide Genesis Health + Fitness membership base and found that Aussies are working out with a buddy – be it a friend, family member or relative – because they’re more likely to show up and it’s way more fun.
Almost 80% of respondents said they like working out with a friend (56%), partner (24%) or relative (21%) with 21% saying ‘in a pair’ is the only way they exercise!
The number one benefit of finding a sweaty soulmate is to make exercise more fun, followed by ‘keeping me company’ and ‘making me workout harder than a solo session’.
For the 20% who never workout with anyone else, the main reason is to enjoy their ‘me time’.
Genesis Health + Fitness National Fitness Manager, Sam Merza says the key to a successful match is making the right choices at the outset.
“A best friend may not necessarily be your best workout buddy, so don’t make that assumption,” said Sam. “You want to partner with someone who has a similar energy and enthusiasm level as you when it comes to physical activity – or more energy than you – as you don’t want anyone dragging you down.
“A bit of competition can be great, but that’s a personal choice. If you have a super-competitive friend and you think you’d find that stressful rather than motivating, then don’t go there. Test out the partnership first before you commit to signing up to anything regular together – that’s the best way to know for sure.”
Sam suggests you find a workout buddy who:
If you and a buddy want to test out the partnership, get a free 5-day pass to your closest Genesis Health + Fitness here: https://www.genesisfitness.com.au/free-trial
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