The gym is probably one of the more difficult places to motivate yourself to go to, which is why working out with a friend can make the experience so much better.
If you think about it, it's a lot better to make yourself accountable to someone else so you can't pull any of the excuses you tend to when working out solo.
With summer quickly approaching, everyone is basically on the same page when it comes to the need for exercising, so having a motivating partner is a huge blessing.
It's a lot more fun and a lot less daunting to hit a fitness class you've never tried before with a friend by your side. So why is working out with a friend the way to go?
1. You don't mind looking your absolute worst in front of each other
I'm not sure why people put on a full face of makeup when they go to the gym, but when it comes to you and your friend... that is certainly not the case. You couldn't give less of a sh*t what you look like because you know you came to sweat.
2. You're each other's supporters
A little bit of positive reinforcement goes a long way, especially when it comes to your physical appearance. You may not always hear what you want, but you'll certainly hear what you need.
3. It's cheaper to get high on endorphins
The high you get from the gym is not something you can get from your dealer.
4. Going to the gym can turn a terrible day into a great one
Is there any better way to take out frustration than with physical activity? No, seriously, please let me know because this is the best solution I've found.
5. It makes something you don't want to do into a social experience
Sure, maybe you didn't envision your night at the gym, but you haven't seen your friend in quite some time, so why not do something together? It gives you a great excuse to work out while hanging out.
6. You can bitch and complain about it together afterward
If you don't complain about it, did the workout ever really happen?
7. You aren't afraid to fail in front of each other
For some reason, we concern ourselves with looking stupid in front of strangers, yet we feel totally comfortable in front of our friends. How does this make any sense? You literally don't even know these people, who cares?
8. You have a great excuse to go shopping together
Everyone knows a great way to motivate yourself to exercise is to step up your fitness wardrobe. Plus you're going to want to reward yourself when you're in tip-top shape.
9. Neither of you really wants to be there, which makes it that much more bearable
Doing something you hate alongside someone else, who equally hates it, really makes the experience not that bad — well, at least as bad.
10. You get to spend your amazing cheat days together
And you won't even feel guilty about it because your friend is doing the same thing.
11. You also get to bitch and complain about the bland food you've both been eating lately
Not only do you get to complain about your workout together, you get to complain about your healthy lifestyle. Sure you may look and feel great, but there's something about pizza that makes everyone rethink their fitness goals.
12. Her compliments are genuine
Your friend isn't telling you the sh*t she knows you want to hear. Instead she is complimenting the hard-earned efforts she's watched you make.
13. You appreciate the feedback instead of getting offended by it
Your work-out partner is also your friend, which means she knows when you need that extra push. You know it's coming from a place of love, so there's absolutely no reason to get upset by it.
14. It instills a healthy competition that keeps you both motivated
You aren't comparing yourselves to each other, but it really lights a fire under your ass when there's someone participating in the same exercise you are. Spinning together? You know you will push harder than you would've if you were alone.
15. It'll force you to try things you haven't thought about trying before
The best part about working out with a friend is that she will introduce you to types of exercises you never thought you'd ever try, let alone enjoy.
16. It's an excuse to take pictures at the gym without coming off as conceited
It's not weird if you're both flexing in the mirror, is it? Shh...
17. You have someone to laugh with you if you f*ck up during a class
It gets a little awkward when you blatantly screw up in a class and have no one by your side to laugh along with — especially if the teacher decides to call you out for it.
18. You have someone to force you to actually get out of bed on the weekends before 1 pm
Without her, you probably wouldn't leave bed the entire day...