Working out alone or with a buddy?

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    Apr 04, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    I have a couple of friends that refuse to workout with anyone because they feel it gets in the way and slows them down. Then I have other friends that use the excuse of not working out because they have no one to go with them to "push" them.

    Personally I like going with a reliable friend. (no more than 1 though) As long as we keep the conversation down.

    Which do you prefer?
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    Apr 04, 2012 4:04 PM GMT

    "Then I have other friends that use the excuse of not working out because they have no one to go with them to "push" them."

    Had this in me since went to the gym for the 1st time in my 2nd year of college but after a few days my friend brought in a really good computer and became "super lazy".. Had no one to go with, so gym over icon_sad.gif

    Now thats all past..

    Currently hittin the gym alone but I think havin a friend to go with is worth it..
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    Apr 04, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    Normally this is my time to be alone and concentrate on myself.

    That said, a few months ago I took a friend with me and he didn't really have any set plan, so we ended up both doing my routine. I actually found I was pushing myself harder.

    So I don't currently have a regular training partner, but I wouldn't say no to company occasionally.
  • Latenight30

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    Apr 04, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    years ago I had a good buddy we used to work out together. I miss him. We would motivate and push each other. It was fun. I don't like working out my partner because we have different goals and approaches.
    I usually go alone, and since most gyms are all machines now anyway, less fear of killing myself.
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    Apr 04, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    I always workout alone. It's kind of my escape from the world.
  • fitnessguy0

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    Apr 04, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    just go with 1 friend is the best...if just urself going to the gym then would be bored in the gym...if go with more than 1 then u cant focus on ur gym,,just talk talk talk with ur friends...and waste ur time too...like i did before...icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif
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    Apr 04, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    Mixed feelings....sometimes I appreciate having the spot, but other times I'd rather just not have one
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    Apr 04, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    Alone
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    Apr 04, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    When I turn on my music and begin my first set, it's best not to talk to me until I am finished.
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    Apr 04, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    I used to have a workout buddy. We would go in to get our shit done. No joshing, just dead on concentration and really push ourselves past failure!

    He got married and moved away. Sucks.icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 04, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    I go to the gym at irregular hours, so it's virtually impossible to have a steady training partner. I'm pretty indifferent about the matter though. Both have their pros and cons. I do think it's important you are both at the same level in your training, otherwise it will just frustrate either one of you.
  • douglasjames2

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    Apr 04, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    ALONE
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    Apr 04, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    Most definitely alone. Like many others said, it is my time to just unwind, clear my head and do my thing. Besides, I need no other motivation than the "eye candy" in the gym to get me in the door.

    Sometimes I do wonder if I could achieve more with a buddy, but I dont think I have the personality to have a regular workout partner.
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    Apr 04, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    i prefer to work out alone just because i get side-track a lot and end up just goofing around with my friend/work out buddy.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 04, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    I have a routine and work out alone. Though I keep advertising on gaydar for a gymbud as it would be good to share this routine, have someone I know to spot me once in a while, and go for a coffee after, and just talk shit while you're working out. Makes working out just that bit more enjoyable.
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    Alone.

    I've tried to find a workout buddy but frankly they usually end up getting in the way or they're done with their workout way before I am so its awkward.

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    Apr 04, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    I work out alone though I wish my friends weren't "too busy" to work out with me. I feel good after I work out but I know a friend or training partner would push me just a little more.
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Either or.
    Currently alone due to irregular work schedule.
    Used to go with a motivated friend who is there to workout and not chat away.
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    With a gym buddy for sure.

    It is true that without a friend to work out with the gym experience is not the same. Your friend is gonna be all like lets go man during those days you feeling lazy. We can discuss work out plans and we can spot each other which is really helpful. Doing heavy weights alone can be dangerous and most of those who train alone won't dare to go for that extra set without a spotter.
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    For me, it is a very solitary somewhat personal endeavor. I workout at home alone.

    I am open to a workout buddy but it would have to be a very particular person and we would have to be on a VERY similar wavelength.
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    For the most part I prefer to workout alone and currently do however I really would like a buddy for my chest workout days. It can really make you work harder having someone encouraging you to go farther and it's safer for certain lifts. I don't think I'd want it for every workout though.
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    I work out alone and usually prefer it. It sucks on days when I lift heavy though. Hate to interrupt a stranger's workout for a spot, so I find I don't lift as heavy as I could on those days.
  • dc415

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    Apr 04, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    I'm pretty good at going by myself if I have to, but it's nice to have someone to go with... less likely to skip days. yeah sometimes it might slow me down a little, but i think the tradeoffs are worth the companionship.
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    Either or. I tend to go alone now-a-days since I can only squeeze in some gym time whenever I can. It's pretty hard to arrange it with a buddy. A few years back, I use to work out with a friend. It was good since I could do heavier weights and there was a more of a push.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 07, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    I generally work out alone, but the odd time I`ve had company has been very enjoyable and a good work out to boot!