Do you prefer working out with a buddy or are you a solo gym-goer? Personally, I’ve been working out alone for the past 2 years, and that’s just how I like it. Here’s why:
1. You have complete freedom of choice.
Working out solo means you get to go to the gym when you want, where you want, and for however long you want. You want to try out a new location? No problem. You want to go at 10PM after dinner when your buddies are watching Netflix? No problem. You want to ride a heater and stay an extra 30 minutes to do some cardio? No problem.
2. You don’t have to wait on anyone.
Sometimes, people dilly-dally at the gym. Whether it’s talking to a friend they ran into or checking the game scores on their phone or ranting about their crappy day, there’s a lot of stuff that goes on during workouts that… well, don’t involve actually working out. If you work out alone, you don’t have to deal with any of that.
3. You don’t overtrain.
This one is going to be a little more nuanced. When you work out with someone, their natural inclination is to push you harder. But what if you can’t be pushed harder? What if you didn’t plan on hitting 13 reps that day, and your workout schedule only called for 10 reps? Are you supposed to tell your partner “fall off homie. I ain’t doin’ no more reps.” Hell no, you’ll look like a wuss. But you know you can’t do any more reps. And if you’re alone, you don’t have to worry about doing more than you intended.
4. You get to eat whatever post-workout meal you want.
Sometimes, you and your partner want Chipotle. Sometimes, your partner wants Chipotle and you want Chick-Fil-A. Sometimes, you want to eat your food at home and your partner wants to eat out, or vice versa, and one of you ends up just going with the other.
And the last reason, but possibly the greatest:
5. It forces self-discipline.
A lot of people want a workout partner so somebody is there to hold them accountable, push them harder, or remind them to go to the gym. Sure, that can definitely be helpful.
But think about where your motivation is coming from. Is it to please your partner? Is it to hit the gym because you and your partner agreed to? Or is it to improve yourself? As cheesy as this sounds:
The only way you can motivate yourself for the long run is if your motivation comes from within.
Not from Instagram. Not from your spouse. Not from your workout partner. Not from external sources.
Let’s say tomorrow, your partner moves to a different city. Would you go to the gym less? Would you lose the desire to work out? Would it affect your fitness journey in any way at all? If you are self-disciplined, the answer to all of these should be no.