Finding a workout partner.

  • RunPaloAlto

    Posts: 7

    Jan 28, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Just finished reviewing last year's bills and paid a fortune for a private trainer. I have no regrets as three times a week ($85 a session) for 2.5 years, plus a couple half-marathons, resulted in dropping 140 pounds of body fat and putting on 75 pounds of muscle. I'm happy but the expense is unsustainable.

    I think the answer is to find a workout partner, but I have no idea how to do it. Anybody got suggestions? And, if any of you train near Palo Alto, California, I am open to specific feedback on local clubs.

    I have narrowed options of clubs I would join to three, and am willing to make final selection based on where a workout partner is already a member. Do clubs ever have matching services?

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.
  • Jessie_Lee

    Posts: 113

    Jan 28, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    There are a few options.

    Talk to your co-workers. Working out with a co-worker would be a good option. You can have small chat about work at the gym instead of work where your bosses or other co-workers could hear you. Pick a gym near work, so the two of you can go right before or after work while avoiding the worst of rush hour traffic, this is assuming your job gives the two of you the same work schedule. You'll also be able to communicate with each other easily at work if something important comes up and one of you can't make it.

    Another option is to try gyms out near your place or at work. Gyms usually have a guest pass for people who are looking at gyms to join, so find one that is clean, has the appropriate equipment you're looking for, friendly, and make sure to check out how the crowd is at the time you'll most likely be there. Once you've picked a gym, you can attempt to make a few friends at the gym and hopefully one who has similar goals and schedule as you who you can workout with.