The advantages of having a workout partner are many. However, when choosing your partner you want to most importantly make sure he/she is someone you like; someone you want to spend time with.
Having a workout buddy will increase your commitment to working out, making you much less likely to “blow off” your trip to the gym, knowing that your partner will be waiting for you. You and your buddy planned a time and place to workout in advance and you will hold yourself accountable to show up, knowing someone is depending on you.
Your workouts will be more enjoyable with a partner and you will find yourself more motivated, working out harder and longer. With longer and more intense workouts you will reach your workout goals faster, which will motivate you further.
With two heads you are more apt to change up your workout routine, staving off boredom, while shocking your body for further gain. You are less likely to hurt yourself when you workout with a partner, as you check each other for correct form. If your workout involves lifting weights, you will always have a spotter.
So, if you find yourself “blowing off” workouts, find a workout partner. If you are taking classes and you are not able to find a partner outside of the gym, find a friend inside the gym. Make a commitment to someone in the class and plan to meet them at the next class! Now you will have a time and a place to be at a certain time. A commitment!