Phone: 905-259-6398

How to Find the Perfect Workout Partner

ByGidget Ovsenek

How to Find the Perfect Workout Partner

For many of my clients, one of the biggest challenges of staying fit is finding the time.  Between work, kids, family and responsibilities fitness can often take a back seat.  The reason isn’t necessarily that we don’t want to exercise or that we don’t feel that fitness is important, it’s more because other aspects of our lives are more pressing – or at least they may seem like they are because they’re considered “active” or “pressing”.

Work, laundry, dinners and other day-to-day requirements are foremost.  Kids are always vying for attention and our daily lives tend to be an adventure in prioritizing.  But when it comes to fitness the problem is a lack of urgency.

One of the best ways to address this is through a workout partner – someone who will not only make exercise a social event and perhaps pull you away from the ordinary, but more importantly it will boost fitness on your daily priority list.

Why does this work?  There are several reasons:

  • Fitness is suddenly a social event and a way to escape an otherwise ordinary day.
  • Get fitness insight you may not have had previously.
  • You suddenly feel obligated not to let someone else down.
  • You have someone who will motivate you.

Note that last point!  Underline it.  Motivation is huge when it comes to exercise. Just like those other daily responsibilities, having someone else involved in your exercise routines subconsciously boosts fitness on your priority list.  You don’t want to let the other person down and when you do entertain the thought of skipping a workout you suddenly have someone who will text you and tell you to get moving.

What to Look for in a Workout Partner

When picking a workout partner, try to pick someone who’s motivated and wants this as much as you do.  Don’t pick someone who you need to drag with you every time or someone who will just as likely go out for drinks and skip a fitness session.

  • Pick someone with similar fitness goals
  • Pick someone with a similar lifestyle
  • Pick someone with a similar schedule

Fitness goals are important. Your workout partner needs to want to do the same things or you’ll be setting yourself up for failure from the start.  Pick between cardio, weights, walking or running.  Make sure your partner is on par with your existing fitness level too.  If you’re looking to run 5 K but your workout partner gets winded after a brisk walk, then chances are your goals won’t align.

Make sure you both have similar lifestyles.  It mas seem like a good idea to pick the single friend with a part-time job who’s extremely motivated.  But if your lifestyles don’t align then the good-hearted motivations will quickly become annoying.  The best workout partners are ones where sacrifices are made from both ends.  That way you not only work well together but develop a respect for each other’s level of commitment.

Finally, ensure that your schedules are in-sync.  This one’s fairly obvious because if you can’t find the time to go out together then the workout idea will quickly dwindle and that’s the last thing you want to happen.

How to Find a Fitness Partner

Friends or Family

Start with a friend, family or spouse.  Keep in mind the points we discussed and do a mental inventory of the people you know.

  • Who lives close?
  • Who do you enjoy hanging with?
  • Who would be a great motivator?
  • Who is in a similar fitness level as you?


Coworkers make great fitness partners.  You typically finish your day at the same time and if your schedules permit then an after-work session a few times a week could be wonderful. If you have a large pool of people to choose from you can use this as a way of building a larger social circle or hanging with someone you don’t typically have time to talk to.  Work friends also carry an emotional benefit where you can vent or debrief about daily work issues.

Boot Camps

Boot camps are an idea way of finding a workout partner when you don’t have a wide social circle or have limited choices.  Boot camps are small fitness classes of around 6 people and a personal trainer.  You motivate yourself in class, but things don’t have to end there.  Make new connections and bring those outside of class.

Social Media

If all else fails, do a shout-out online. Ask your social fiends for some fitness help.  You may be surprised who answers.  Most everyone has fitness goals in mind but sometimes people just need that little push to get started.  Ask around and you’re bound to find someone who will take you up on the challenge.

Finally, keep in mind that you’re not limited to a single workout partner.  You can have two or three.  Someone for weekends and someone else for a weekday.  Whatever works as long as you get moving and get healthy!

About the Author

Gidget Ovsenek administrator

When I help a client reach their goals and make a difference in their life, then I too have reached one of my goals.... which is to be the best Trainer that I can.

19 Comments so far

erotikPosted on  7:47 am - Aug 24, 2020

I really wanted to make a brief word to express gratitude to you for the amazing tips and tricks you are writing at this site. My time consuming internet look up has finally been compensated with good quality details to write about with my friends. I would admit that many of us site visitors actually are rather lucky to be in a wonderful website with many perfect professionals with useful principles. I feel truly privileged to have seen your entire webpages and look forward to plenty of more brilliant minutes reading here. Thank you again for a lot of things. Raina Allyn Maffei

erotikPosted on  11:23 pm - Aug 24, 2020

Superb Blog, das pure Leidenschaft strahlt … Alexina Timothy Ewold

erotikPosted on  10:56 pm - Aug 25, 2020

A person essentially assist to make severely posts I might state. That is the very first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this actual put up amazing. Fantastic task! Bryna Ailbert Crelin

Homebased businessPosted on  2:03 pm - Aug 30, 2020

I have read several excellent stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much attempt you place to make such a excellent informative web site.
Janna Gail Cesar

pornoPosted on  8:58 pm - Nov 12, 2020

Major thankies for the blog article. Much thanks again. Much obliged. Korella Tanny Kunkle

sikis izlePosted on  1:39 pm - Nov 15, 2020

Appreciate you sharing, great blog. Thanks Again. Great. Rosetta Rees Gaskins

erotikPosted on  4:47 pm - Nov 15, 2020

I have read so many posts regarding the blogger lovers however this piece of writing is actually a fastidious paragraph, keep it up. Anabelle Miles Bryner

erotik izlePosted on  8:05 am - Nov 17, 2020

Some really choice blog posts on this internet site , saved to my bookmarks . Lynelle Marlon Montagna

sikis izlePosted on  11:26 pm - Nov 18, 2020

Great post. I will be dealing with many of these issues as well.. Danila Rustin Weide

erotikPosted on  8:38 pm - Nov 19, 2020

There is visibly a package to understand about this. I think you made certain great points in functions additionally. Sophi Barnard Brosy

filmPosted on  6:32 am - Nov 20, 2020

This is one awesome blog article. Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged. Charleen Adrian Baecher

filmPosted on  5:33 am - Nov 22, 2020

Good post. I am experiencing many of these issues as well.. Rois Brewer Canute

filmPosted on  1:54 pm - Nov 22, 2020

Thanks a lot for the article. Really thank you! Fantastic. Merlina Nels Annabal

filmPosted on  7:44 am - Nov 29, 2020

Hello There. I found youyr blog using msn. This is a really welpl written article. Simonne Ozzy Dunc

filmPosted on  2:11 pm - Nov 29, 2020

Perfect work you have done, this site is really cool with wonderful information. Sheba Donalt Guarino

filmPosted on  10:53 pm - Nov 30, 2020

I appreciate your work, thanks for all the great blog posts. Sacha Isa Courtland

pornoPosted on  8:34 pm - Dec 8, 2020

There is certainly a lot to know about this issue. I love all of the points you made. Alison El Hole

sikis izlePosted on  1:24 am - Dec 9, 2020

I think that everything posted made a bunch of sense. Catarina Boony Evie

erotik film izlePosted on  5:27 am - Dec 9, 2020

I feel this is among the most important info for me. Devan Ahmed Evslin

Leave a Reply