- Extra motivation and less excuses
It is a pleasant weekend afternoon and you are contimplating doing nothing. Game of Thrones is coming on soon. Sounds like the perfect excuse to not train today. Not if you are training with a partner! Regular workout times with your friends help you to stick it out and finish your routine. The chances of you choosing your couch over your training session are much lower. It would be pretty embarrassing, wouldn’t it, if you cancelled on your friends because “you didn’t feel like it”? Psychologists at Stony Brook University in New York have found that the exercise habits of friends and family members affect personal motivation. The evidence showed that the motivation of the people closest to us has a positive influence on us and encourages us to do more activity, exercise, sport.
- It makes training more fun
Many “training moments” aren’t really funny if you don’t have someone to laugh with. One way of increasing the fun factor is to come up with new ideas on how you can modify your exercises or take up a class such as Hammers Gym Boxing-Fit. For example, instead of just doing a plank challenge, try one with partner hand slaps. Or throw a ball back and forth while doing sit-ups. There are many ways you can shake up your training plan including booking a 2 on 1 session with a Personal Trainer and have a fun & effective new routine made up.
- You push each other
When you feel close to giving up, a training partner can be all the more important because they can help you build up your motivation again. A sporting challenge among friends can help you to push each other and stretch your limits. Consider the following: In England, women were surveyed on their exercise behavior. The study found that 64% of women who train with their best friends were more likely to push their workouts to the limit than those who exercised on their own. Struggling to get a friend along? No Problem. Our classes are full with like minded members who are more than happy to schedule class dates with you and push eachothers training together.
- Exercise brings people together
Did you know that more than 40% of participants drop a fitness course shortly after it begins if they attend on their own? But if they work out with a friend, the dropout rate decreases to 6%. This suggests that one of the best reasons for exercising with friends is the social interaction. People who train together form a group identity and no longer feel alone. When you accomplish something on your own, of course, it’s amazing. Sharing your successes with your friends who know how hard you’ve worked to conquer your inner couch potato feels even better. And if things don’t go as planned? Who cares? A pat on the back from a friend can make things seem half as bad. These simple acts create a kind of connection between people. And it is this kind of experience that bonds people together and makes their friendship that much stronger.
- Train together, stay together
You should also consider training with your romantic partner. Studies have shown that couples who exercise together regularly are happier in their relationship. Exercising together strengthens the relationship and enhances sexual attraction. A morning run, a gym date in the evening or a bike trip on the weekend can heat things up – isn’t that reason enough to work out with your better half?
The best thing about Hammer’s Gym is you can bring a friend for a free 7 day trial to boost up your motivation! Ask our friendly staff at reception if you have any further questions.