7 Reasons To Love Working Out Together

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March 22, 2022 - Updated January 10, 2024

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Are you struggling to find the motivation to work out or to push yourself during your workouts? Getting bored with your routine? Instead of exercising solo, why not consider finding a workout buddy to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

There’s strength in numbers, and working out with people can help you level up your training, stay motivated and feel more excited about moving your body.

Whether you're regularly meeting a friend for group exercise, are training with your bestie as part of Kayla's Bootcamp Challenge or are considering giving group workouts a go, we really are stronger together.

You can motivate and encourage each other

When you're working out on your own and start to feel tired or like you want to give up, resisting the urge is tough. But when you've got someone sweating alongside you, you can cheer each other on and celebrate your achievements together, too - especially if you're completing a Sweat Challenge! 

You can hold each other accountable

Sometimes when that morning alarm goes off, you simply can’t resist the temptation to hit snooze and go back to sleep. But if you know you have someone waiting for you, suddenly it’s not just you who will be impacted if you decide to skip a workout. A workout buddy can hold you accountable and encourage you to show up, even on the days when you’re not feeling your best.

You can challenge each other

In those moments when you’re out of breath, your muscles are burning and you’re ready to throw in the towel, having someone else working out with you can provide that push you need to keep going and smash out those last few reps. Not only does a bit of friendly competition make for a fun and challenging workout, it also can lead to faster improvements in your fitness than when you go it alone.

Research from Kansas State University found that exercising with someone who you perceive to be fitter than you can even increase the intensity of your workout by up to 200%. So if you’re looking to feel challenged, it can help to look for a buddy who is at a similar fitness level or slightly more advanced.

It’s a win-win where you’re both benefiting from each other’s presence, and having a whole lot more fun in the process!

Ready to really challenge yourselves? Why not follow a Sweat Challenge program together. For six weeks, you'll commit to your health and fitness goals, improve your strength nd fitness and have a whole lot of fun in the process.

You can improve your technique

Finding a friend who knows how to perform movements properly, safely and effectively can also help you level up your workout, but you can also form check each other easily by comparing your technique to the demo videos in the Sweat app!

Ask your workout buddy to point out any areas you could improve in so you can work on improving your form and do the same for them! It’s a great way to make sure you’re both working out safely and avoiding injury along the way.

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You can mix it up

Having a workout partner means you can inspire each other to step out of your comfort zone and and avoid workout boredom by trying different training styles, exercises and equipment. Maybe one session you’ll decide to practice yoga and the next you’ll opt for a HIIT session.

So why not mix things up with a friend and try something new? This could be how you find your next favourite program!

You might improve your emotional wellbeing or feel more comfortable

Don’t underestimate the power of a workout buddy to make your training more enjoyable and give you both an outlet to wind down. Whether it’s a high-five after finishing that last squat or laughing together to get through the burn, having a feeling of social connection can not only make your workouts more enjoyable but decrease your stress.

A 2017 study on the effects of group fitness classes on medical students found working out in a group might even decrease perceived stress and improve emotional wellbeing.

If you don’t feel comfortable working out in public spaces or at certain times of day, recruiting a friend to join you can also make it feel much more safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Good vibes all round!

You can expand your social circle or strengthen your connection

Working out together is such a powerful way to build a stronger relationship, by giving you a regular opportunity to have facetime, share lows and highs, have a laugh and celebrate your wins together.

If you can’t find the right workout buddy or prefer working out in a larger group, why not attend a meetup with other members of the Sweat Community? It’s a great way to meet new people either in person or virtually, and reap all the benefits of a workout buddy. Sticking to any workout routine is going to be much easier if you enjoy it, and doing it with someone else is a simple way to make it a whole lot more fun. So grab your friends (or reach out to the Sweat Community) and Sweat together!

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Remember, it's you against you

While a bit of healthy competition can benefit both of you, try not to compare yourself to your workout buddy. You should be motivating each other to push yourself to your own limits.

We all have different strengths and abilities, and that’s okay! You might be able to do more push-ups on your toes, while your friend might be a faster runner.

Instead of comparing yourself and your fitness ability or performance to your friends, a good way to shift your mindset is by asking yourself what you can learn from them or be inspired by them. If you’re going to make any comparisons, focus on yourself and how far you’ve come.

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* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.


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