If you are relishing the fact of being able to return back to gyms right now, you are not alone. You might be wondering how best to approach it, and one of the ways you can make the most of it is by buddying up with someone to go to the gym with. There are many studies which have shown that having a partner to exercise with can be incredibly beneficial and improve your results. But how can you make sure you are a good person to go to the gym with in the first place? Let’s look at that now.
First and foremost, you need to show up. While it’s okay to occasionally miss a session due to unforeseen circumstances, if you regularly skip out on your partner, they are going to lose a lot of respect for you and you will probably not be their gym buddy for long. You need to make sure that you stick to all dates you set with that person. That might mean reminding yourself of your motivation when you are feeling like you can’t go, or it could be a simple case of going just because you don’t want to disappoint the other person.
You don’t have to be over-the-top, but your buddy and yourself will get a lot more out of the whole experience if you can show a great degree of enthusiasm. This can be as simple as encouraging them when they are struggling, or just generally going into the gym with a positive mood and outlook. Although you can’t force that, you should aim to be as enthusiastic as you can be if you want to get the most out of it and keep your buddy happy to have you there too.
Clean Up After Yourself
You should be doing this every time you are in a gym, not just when you are with your buddy, but it’s important to remember the value of staying hygienic while you are at the gym. One of the main things you need to do here is to clean up after yourself: that means, for instance, using sanitizing wipes on the machines once you are done with them, and ensuring that you leave other areas like showers and toilets clean too. The last thing your buddy wants is to be associated with someone who leaves the gym dirty!
Co-Operate, Don’t Compete
Although there might always be a subtle and healthy level of competition in the background when you workout together (after all, that is one reason you will find you boost each other a little) you should be careful not to go overboard with how much you compete with them. Remember that you are both there for yourselves, and you shouldn’t be aiming to simply get better results than the other person. You should primarily be co-operating rather than competing. If you can do it that way, you’ll enjoy each other’s company a lot more, and get so much more out of it.