Stories of Friendship at the Gym
Doing any activity with a friend just seems like more fun. Fitness is no exception.
Good friends enrich our lives, and researchers conclude that friends can even improve our health. In August we celebrate Best Fitness Friends at acac, so we thought we would ask our personal trainers to share their stories of friendship at the gym. Our friend and personal trainer, Michael White, reminded us that friendship starts with family. Here’s what Michael had to say about the benefits of training with a friend, or in his case, his brother:
“When I first began my journey into the world of exercise, I had the help of a friend. The friend who helped me begin this journey was my older brother. We started to work out together when I was 14 and my brother was 16. Training together was vital to our success. Here are some of the key reasons having a workout buddy was important for my success:
- Accountability – exercising together allowed us to hold each other accountable. We did not allow each other to skip workouts.
- Safety – Always having my workout partner gave me comfort in knowing that I always had a spotter.
- Encouragement – There are times we need some encouragement. We don’t always see our own improvements in the gym; it is easy to think we are not improving quickly enough. Having a workout partner who encourages you is important to success!
- Competition – A little friendly competition is always good!
Your friend (or family) and you will be better for it.”
After hearing Michael’s story of friendship with exercise, I came across two young friends exercising together. I thought I would put Michael’s insight to the test by asking these ladies, “Why do you workout with a friend?”
Immediately in their response it became clear, the same principles that Michael cited for success were relevant to Haley and Emilie’s progress with exercise.
If you haven’t experienced the benefits of working out with a friend, August is the perfect month to try it out and see for yourself. Throughout the month of August, acac members can bring a friend free on weekdays, Monday – Friday.
Already have a story of friendship at acac? Share it with us with #acacBFF on Social Media!