Choosing A Workout Partner To Keep You Motivated

By: Brian Kridler, Director of Fitness Services and Personal Trainer at Oxford Athletic Club


The old expression, "actions speak louder than words" could not hold more weight in any situation than in a gym setting. The only thing that speaks in our facility are actions. If you do not present yourself with good character, your true potential will never shine fully in the gym. There have definitely been times along my journey where I have shorted my workouts, and mostly myself, when I let bad character convince me that 7 reps were okay because "I was tired" or I didn't have the motivation to keep pushing. Which led me to thinking that a workout partner might be a great solution to this. If I had someone to hold me accountable, why would I not take advantage of that? Choose a workout partner with the character traits that will lead you to success on your fitness journey. For example:


1. Integrity

Aren't you going to finish that last rep? Aren't you going to finish your workout? Did you up your resistance this set? Integrity is one of the most important traits in order to reach one's wellness SMART Goals.

2. Persistance

SMART Goals require determination if you plan on reaching them. properly created SMART Goals should be difficult to obtain but with a little but of persistence, they are attainable.

3. Cooperation

Find an exercise partner. Join a fitness class. Either of these area great way to collaborate with like-minded people who will push you to succeed.

4. Tolerance

Everyone you see having fun while exercising have the willingness to endure challenges. Although we might all have a different reason for exercising, each of us have our own motivators pushing our mind and body past the limit we created internally.

5. Optimism

Having the confidence that you will reach your SMART Goals. We all hope that the effort we put in today will make us stronger and healthier tomorrow. Realize that scientific research continues to support the importance of exercise and all the amazing things it can do for your wellness. So, stay hopeful; stay motivated.


Find someone to start exercising with and check out our new Partner Training prices. Do not wait, that exercise partner may get taken.