By Katherine MacPherson BS, ACSM HFS & Personal Trainer at UVAC
Having a buddy to workout with will seriously improve your output in the gym.For many of us, we jump into the same comfortable routine; maybe a little cardio, few lower and upper body exercises and call it a day.But what if you were challenged harder, held accountable to a set schedule, and even tried new exercises?There would be a huge chance that you would exceed your fitness goals a lot faster!
Steps and tips to your successful buddy system:
·Finding the right buddy: It can be a challenge to find a friend or co-worker who is willing to commit to a long-term fitness schedule, but it will definitely go a long way when you do.Your buddy should also have virtually the same goals as you, that way you can put your focus on the same regimen.
·The “Chatty-Cathys”: Make sure your buddy isn’t signed-on for social hour!
·Agree to a 6-8 week program, and write down in your planner/schedule the times and days you plan to meet.Having the sessions written in your weekly planner will allow you fit in the workouts and plan ahead for them.
·Motivation and encouragement:Some days exercise will be the last thing you may want to be doing, but keep up the excitement!Don’t let either partner miss a day!
·The most effective and safest program for you:Have no idea where to start when it comes to exercising?Find accountable resources, such as a Personal Trainer (they make great buddies too!).Hiring a Personal Trainer will get you and your buddy on the right path and set a routine.The Upper Valley Aquatic Center offers group personal training at an affordable price! Check it out for yourself at www.uvac-swim/fitness.com
·Be there for your buddy!The best part about the buddy system is that you always have someone there pushing you to dig deep and keep increasing your output!
For more information about the Upper Valley Aquatic Center and Personal Training, please feel free to call 802-296-2850 or visit us online at www.uvac-swim.org!