Working out alone vs with a partner

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    Aug 17, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    Which do y'all prefer: working out solo, or with someone?

    I prefer working out alone, because I like to just listen to my music and focus only on myself. When I work out with a friend, I do the same workouts, but I feel less focused so the workouts tend to be more difficult. Plus, it takes longer to finish the workout it seems.
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    Aug 17, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    I find that working out with a partner is good every couple of months to shake things up and learn new moves. But I find I have better and more intense workouts alone. Maybe I haven't found the right workout partner. Now accepting applications!
  • DJW525

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    Aug 17, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    I work out alone. Only worked out with someone else once. Agreed that just focusing on the music and getting lost in your own head works for me.

    I will say that I tend to watch others on what they are doing to try learning and to see if I like their exercise/routine better.
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    Aug 17, 2013 10:36 PM GMT
    I work out solo, since I can barely get any time off work to do it, and there's really no way to makes plans with anyone under those circumstances.
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    Aug 17, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    Yeah, I think a mix is always good. Working out with someone else gives you the opportunity to learn new things from them and to (hopefully) push yourself a little more than you otherwise might. I usually prefer working out on my own for the reasons mentioned above, but finding the right workout partner can do wonders. I used to work out with a good friend of mine from high school, and we would push each other to our absolute limits.
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    Aug 18, 2013 12:36 AM GMT
    See I've been doing the 'home gym' programs for so long (P90x, etc.) That I'm craving a workout partner. I even do my workouts now at my local 24 hour but I'm so socially inept I wouldn't have the slightest clue how to approach someone to join me ha ha!

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    Aug 18, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    livstud2001 saidSee I've been doing the 'home gym' programs for so long (P90x, etc.) That I'm craving a workout partner. I even do my workouts now at my local 24 hour but I'm so socially inept I wouldn't have the slightest clue how to approach someone to join me ha ha!

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    I don't think it is common to pair up with a stranger at the gym anyway. Asking for a spot, sure, but doing your entire workout together.. nah.
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    Aug 18, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    elektrisk564 said
    livstud2001 said


    I don't think it is common to pair up with a stranger at the gym anyway. Asking for a spot, sure, but doing your entire workout together.. nah.


    I've seen some pretty consistent groups at my gym.. I mean 2 year+ groups.. constantly ripping off their routines..
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    Aug 18, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    Anocxu said
    elektrisk564 said
    livstud2001 said


    I don't think it is common to pair up with a stranger at the gym anyway. Asking for a spot, sure, but doing your entire workout together.. nah.


    I've seen some pretty consistent groups at my gym.. I mean 2 year+ groups.. constantly ripping off their routines..


    Oh yeah, it is common for regular gymgoers who go at the same time to form a 'group'. I see it at my own gym too. I just meant I didn't think it would be common to walk up to a stranger and say, "hey, let's finish our workout together".
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    Aug 18, 2013 12:57 AM GMT
    ^ ^ ^ ^
    I agree on that..
    I should have stated ..I'd like to get in a group like that.
    I see the guys all the time..they are so friendly.. But they are so fit.. Not sure if I could keep up. icon_sad.gif
  • nomad4life

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    Aug 18, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    I used to be a solo, but had a stranger randomly joining me one day on the preacher bar and I loved it! Pushed me harder than I think I could have pushed myself. Got one of my friends to partner now, just feels like I do more
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    Aug 18, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    Anocxu said^ ^ ^ ^
    I agree on that..
    I should have stated ..I'd like to get in a group like that.
    I see the guys all the time..they are so friendly.. But they are so fit.. Not sure if I could keep up. icon_sad.gif


    Well ya, I wasn't talking about randomly hitting up a stranger to workout with me ha ha. was thinking along the lines of not knowing how to apropriately find people at the gym to workout with...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 18, 2013 1:08 AM GMT
    I've worked out alone, and I've worked out with my brother in the past. I like working out with my brother better, but probably only because he's my brother. I'd say I'm open to having a workout buddy, but it's not a great priority for me.
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    Aug 18, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    I trained alone for a while then got a partner. He keeps me honest about my diet. And we push each other to lift heavier. I feel different when I lift alone, like something is missing.
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    Aug 18, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    I'd rather go alone since I'm not bound to working out a schedule with someone else.
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    Aug 18, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    I'm probably more efficient alone.
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    Aug 18, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    Alone. When I wrk'd out w/ friends it was more about their schedule. If they cancelled I wouldnt go. Took off days they did etc... Alone I go at my schedule but dont have to worry about bullshit talk and catching up on gossip, games and gossip. Totally zoned out to Itouch and form.
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    Aug 18, 2013 10:58 AM GMT
    Alone...
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    Aug 18, 2013 11:33 AM GMT
    My best workouts were when it was a group of three of us that worked out together. Just enough of a rest between sets and plenty of motivation cause we would push each other hard.

    BUT, I'd rather work out alone than with a partner that is always late showing up (I mean by 15 minutes or more) and is not up to keeping a consistent schedule (again, with the understandable emergency here and there).

    Haven't been able to find anyone consistent and punctual lately! icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 18, 2013 11:34 AM GMT
    Working out at 5am makes it hard to be with someone. I enjoy working out alone.
  • musclepuppy

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    Aug 18, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    I prefer working out alone, usually. Though occasionally I would prefer a gym buddy for the competitive motivation.
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    Aug 19, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    It depends on who I will be working out with.

    I don't like working out with people who chat more than they work out.

    If I know the other person is dedicated and wanting to finish their workout in a timely fashion, I'll work out with them.

    Also, if a newbie is looking for some help, I don't mind helping.

    For me the gym requires some focus, I don't like distractions.
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    Aug 19, 2013 7:03 PM GMT
    I enjoy working out with a partner, but it really has to be a very specific person. Same goals. Same focus. Similar weights used. It's difficult for me to work out with someone much stronger or much weaker as I feel it slows the process (changing the weights for each person's sets, etc). I do enjoy working out with guys who have asked for assistance, but I don't use those workouts for high intensity training.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 19, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    I work out alone but go and come with my partner. I like to stay focused but it is also nice to have him there to spot me and vice-versa which is only really needed on bench presses and incline presses. Too, we handle different weight levels so working out together means a lot of plate changes. And I prefer little to no chit-chat.
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    Sep 01, 2013 6:44 PM GMT
    Solo, because I am able to concentrate on my workouts without any distractions. Besides, I can't find anybody that will work out with me at 5 in the morning lol