Monday, April 15, 2013

6 Reasons to Work Out with a Partner. Who's Your Burn Buddy?

Grab a Burn Buddy! Training with a friend is a great idea. Here's why:

Increased motivation.
Cancelling a workout with a friend is hard to do; a lot harder to cancel than those half-ass plans (yah I said that) you made with yourself to hit the "bacardio" equipment informally for 1 hour a day (I hope you skip this idea it is lame). No "5 Hour Energy" needed come 4pm if you have a burn buddy to lean on for an after-work sweat session. Channel all that "work stress" by sweating it out! After 3-4 weeks of meeting your burn buddy it is a habit and a great one!

Your workouts can be more fun.
News flash...The elliptical machine and bicep curling stations are the least exciting ways to get serious results. Face it, it is true. With a burn buddy, you can get your heart racing by doing fun activities like playing one-on-one basketball or tennis. You can also attempt to cheat death by attending RHF Burn30 Bootcamp LOL. If working out on your own, you can take turns leading each other through routines (please go to bootcamp instead). Make it a mutually beneficial process and it will be a big part of your life.

Your workout will be harder (higher intensity).
We all have an inherent drive to compete (whether you admit it or not you do). Who really wants to be last? Environment is often stronger than will power, so what you do together will look a lot different than a routine you do on your own. Think about it. Your abilities should be in the same ballpark, but always be ready to pick your burn buddy up when needed!

You can now afford a fitness pro!
Sharing a pizza LOL is cheaper than buying one yourself (skip this idea too). The same math applies when it comes to hiring a fitness pro. RHF personal training (or any for that matter) is expensive. Sign up for bootcamp for a fraction of the cost. Bootcamp is personal, group training. Read more.

You will always have a helper.
Having trouble trying to figure out where to go and what to do? Struggling with those last couple reps? Surely, between the two of you a plan will be easier to draw up. You can waste a ton of time wandering around the gym. The buddy idea is better than the "lone ranger" philosophy, but I still think you would be best served finding professional help. Seek out a fitness pro!

Your friends will be fitter.
Surround yourself with people who are active and eat well (and sensible) and there is a good chance you are going to do the same. Researchers at Harvard University found that you can "catch" obesity (just like smoking habits and happiness, weird huh?) because it spreads like an infectious "social" disease. The experts found that a person's risk of becoming obese rises by two percent for every five obese (unhealthy) social contacts they have.

There you have it...

Who is your burn buddy? What are you gonna do now?

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