It takes two.
The buddy system isn’t just for elementary school kids and scuba divers. That’s right – your friends could be the secret to reaching your fitness goals!
At first glance, a weight room full of bros can be intimidating to female gym goers. That’s why stepping into the gym with a wing-woman by your side provides a blanket of confidence.
To demonstrate the importance of a good training partner, I’m working out with NPC bikini competitor Megan Gillis. Don’t let her petite frame and blonde hair fool you, because she is a mini beast in the weight room. Megan is the poster child for de-bunking the myth that lifting weights makes women look bulky and manly.
1. Safety First
Lifting heavy weights alone is risky business. Having a gym buddy spot you on heavy reps can save you from injury. Also, they can monitor your form, which is key for muscle building. If you are doing it wrong, you will never see results.
Working out alone can be difficult, especially when it comes to staying motivated. A great gym buddy provides support and challenges you to push harder to reach your goals. Find a cheerleader that won’t let you slack on the last rep or skip cardio.
Waking up at 5 a.m. for cardio is hard! But if you have an appointment to meet your gym buddy you more than likely will not skip. Find someone who is committed to keeping a consistent schedule.
Long cardio sessions fly by when you have someone to chat with. Discussing all things from the latest celeb gossip to your dating lives, gym time can become a therapy session to solve life’s problems and commiserate about how sore you are from yesterday’s leg day workout.
If you don’t have a BFF that fits this profile, take a look around the gym and find the regulars. I’ve made many friends at the gym, because we clearly share the same interests. Find a gym buddy that shares your similar health and fitness goals, is always on time, and can provide honest feedback on your progress – this is the key to success. So grab your girls, flex some muscle and show those boys who is boss!
Photographer: Matthew Ervin, Fly By Me Charleston
Gym: Eco Fitness, Mount Pleasant
Attire: Lululemon Athletica