Working out Solo or with a buddy(s)

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    Jun 29, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    Hey Jocks,

    Due to my busy schedule usually I workout alone but I do enjoy the moments when I can workout with a friend.When I do workout with a friend I never get creeps all up in my face hassling me. Yet it feels the workout takes longer and I actually never finish what I try to do. I suppose if I had a good consistent workout partner it would help.

    What would you choose if you had a choice?

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    Jun 30, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    If the other guy was as focused about lifting as I am and we both pushed each other's limits equally then hells yeah I'd like a partner.
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    Jun 30, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    I have only worked out solo. Never had a workout buddy in my entire life. Could be cool. Very cool. I could also see getting so into conversation and BS that the day goes by without ever lifting a pound LOL!!!!!
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    Jun 30, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    Every time I work out with a buddy I get distracted and have a horrible work out.

    I work out solo. Although I've had to work on my tunnel vision - apparently I don't even notice anyone around me and always get yelled at by friends who see me...awkward! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    I recommend working-out solo!! Having a work-out buddy can be beneficial if the both of you are complete Nazis about your work-out: Being focused, NOT allowing unrelated conversations to interfere with the work-out, and strictly getting your work-outs done in a good time frame. Having a workout bud does extend your time at the gym compared to doing it solo. Often I notice guys at my gym in duos, trios or quartets (seriously, WHY?!) who waste time (and space) by losing themselves into senseless conversations, extending their time past well what it should be.

    If you can find a good, consistent workout partner, hey, that's great. Otherwise, a more effective workout can be done solo.
  • crls64

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    Jun 30, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    I have always worked out solo. Just my preference. I tend to have tunnel vision and be very focused so working out with someone else would break my concentration too much! icon_twisted.gif
  • austex85

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    Jun 30, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    i hate working out with a buddy. it slows everyone down and everything ends up being so regimented.
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    Jun 30, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    The straight dudes at my gym (ah, the straight dudes at my gym...) are always each other's workout buddies. I just have the company of my headphones icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    Cash saidI have only worked out solo. Never had a workout buddy in my entire life. !


    Same here, the times I tried to get guys to workout with me they couldn't never make it. As in, never show up.

    However, in high school I was ASSIGNED a workout buddy.


    cadudesf saidOften I notice guys at my gym in duos, trios or quartets (seriously, WHY?!) who waste time (and space) by losing themselves into senseless conversations, extending their time past well what it should be.


    Yeah, I always see that. Especially the Mexicans. They come up in the gym with 4-5 guys and monopolize 1 area and it drives me nuts. I mean, 1 hour goes by and they STILL on the cable machine.

    But straight guys in general usually go in groups. 2 guys working out together though usually means boyfriend in my experience....if not related.

    I had a friend tell me, "you can't get a real workout without a partner because you'll stick and won't have a spotter"

    But truth is, even when you 'stick'...you still have strength to slowly lift the weight back up. Which is why I've never had a barbell fall on my throat LOL.
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    Jun 30, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    I dont like working out with friends. Too many opinions, too many different routines......

    Its either by myself or with a trainer. The end icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    for some reason thought, as much as i work out alone it tends to remind me of how lonely i actually am here!

    like nobody approaches me at the gym. a potential dating channel is obsolete.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 30, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    I'd love to have someone along on my hikes and walks, but never the gym. Every time I've tried it I have the absolute worst workout. I mix it up on the fly, depending on how I'm feeling. You know..not really feeling it until you get moving; then the whole plan changes. Or psyched to work hard and the body doesn't cooperate.
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    I see why some people would like working out solo, but what about having a spotter? I think that would be the main benefit of working with a buddy. I'm sure most of you guys have already been on your own for a while, but for a n00b like me, I feel like it just makes sense to have a buddy. Even for experienced guys, it might be a good idea, no?
  • htex24

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    i like to work out solo as well but some days i'd prefer having a buddy to help me get those extra reps in...but usually i just ask someone to spot me and most people are always pretty good about it.

    just last night i was at the squat rack and there was a group of 5-7 people just standing around and waiting their turns...i mean isn't it just a bit ridiculous not only to have to wait that long for your turn but for other people that might want to use the rack/machines - they must take forever to finish and they did...

    but i guess everyone will have their own system as long as it doesn't bother me...haha
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:20 AM GMT
    better to work out alone or with ONLY 1 other person or you're just wasting your time.icon_idea.gif
    fin
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    Jun 30, 2011 11:31 AM GMT
    Last time I had a workout partner we couldn't keep our hands off each other. icon_lol.gif
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jun 30, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    Solo, unfortunately.
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    Jun 30, 2011 12:06 PM GMT
    Both. I workout solo when lifting because it helps me stay focused. But when doing cardio, I prefer to have a buddy. Mostly I run, and running is boring, but it's less boring if there is someone to talk to.
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    Jun 30, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    Yes - definitely solo for me, in terms of working out in the gym. I'm usually very focused on what I am doing and I have my Ipod for company.

    Nothing pisses me off more than guys sitting on the benches in the gym chatting about BS, especially during the peak times.

    Get in - do your workout - then get out.

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    Jun 30, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    Solo.
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    Jun 30, 2011 12:46 PM GMT
    I work out with a friend of mione once a week because, he likes my leg workout both for how intense it is, but also because my legs are my best body part.

    I have to say I like working out in the mornings @ 5:00a but once a week I go to the gym during rush-hour! The things you do for a friend. So no matter what we work legs every thursday! icon_cool.gif

    It does take longer which I hate also! I like to get in and get out! UGH!
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    Jun 30, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    I use to work out with a buddy and it never benifitted me the way I thought it was going to be. We worked out together for a year or so and he just talked way too much and didn't really take it seriously. Since December 2010 I have improved my self back to what I use to be like about 7 years ago and still going stronger.

    Work out alone! icon_idea.gif
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Jun 30, 2011 1:07 PM GMT
    based upon every else's responses, I must have been really lucky to find my new workout buddy. We carpool to the gym, so that gives us plenty of time to chat, but once there, we're 100% business. The routines take a bit longer than by myself, but only by about 15 minutes. What also moves things along is that I have a stopwatch to keep track of the time between sets/excercises - we want to ensure our HR stays high so we get a good cardio workout as well. Bonus is when he calls and nags me on the mornings I'm hung-over....gets me off the couch and into the gym...
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jun 30, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    i would prefer not to have a workout partner. i lift harder when i have someone with me
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 30, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    Hi there,
    I`ve mainly run alone and have struggled to find a regular partner.If I had complete choice,I`d choose a partner slightly better than me to give me something to aim for(and the company!)
    All the best!