Maybe you’re not hitting the gym enough, sticking to your diet, or putting full effort into your sets. Hey, we’ve all been there.
And it’s times like these when an accountability partner is so clutch. They can give you the motivation needed to bust out one more rep, be your personal cheerleader when you accomplish a new personal best, or give you a kick in a butt when you’re slacking. And as studies have shown , all of that leads to more workout out and thus faster progress towards your goals.
But where the heck do you find one of these workout buddies? Keep reading for tips on where to look.
One of the first places most people turn for a motivation buddy is to the people they already know. This could include friends, family members, coworkers, or a significant other.
And why not? You’re already comfortable with them, see or stay in touch with them regularly, and don’t have to put in any special effort to track them down. You’ve got little to lose in asking your best friend to join a gym with you.
Unfortunately, there are still some major drawbacks to this route. For starters, you only know so many people. And what if you don’t work a traditional job or none of your family is into, say, cycling, like you are? Plus, sometimes we’re a little too familiar with these people, and thus it’s easier to make excuses and let each other off easy.
Advantages: Good way to find an accountability partner you already know and share contact/schedule with
Disadvantages: Limited pool to choose from; familiarity can breed complacency
If there’s no one in your circle of friends or family that you can turn to, don’t worry.
There’s another option for finding a fitness partner among folks you’re already acquainted with. And that’s at your local gym, fitness classes, or sports center.
After all, you already work out around these people and, if you’re in the same classes, share similar fitness goals. Why not expand that relationship to include more accountability and communication?
If you haven’t already met people who fit the bill, try asking the trainers or coaches at the gym if they know someone who might benefit from a fitness buddy. And if you’re not already attending fitness classes, join one.
Advantages: Easy to find people who have similar fitness interests, goals, and schedules
Disadvantages: Requires you to be a member of a gym or attend classes; may not be as applicable to people who enjoy outdoor or less-structured activities, like trail running or rock climbing
Cost: $10 to $100+ per month for a gym membership, class fees, etc.
Your search for an accountability partner isn’t limited to meatspace or the offline world. There are plenty of options online as well.
That includes internet forums dedicated to working out, like Reddit’s many fitness-related subreddits (https://bestlifeonline.com/healthy-subreddits/), or you can try searching in online groups focused on your area.
Social media is another avenue to consider – and there are even social networks dedicated to fitness. For instance, if you’re looking for a yoga partner, try searching yoga-related hashtags, following yoga accounts (and their followers), and posting pics of your own yoga adventures on Instagram. Here are some of the top fitness accounts to follow on Instagram.
Of course, finding a suitable accountabilabuddy that also lives near you can be hit or miss with this method, and you should always exercise (no pun intended) caution when meeting strangers from online.
Advantages: Large pool of people to connect to without even leaving the house
Disadvantages: Hard to find people near you, awkwardness of meeting strangers from online
Cost: Several hours or more of your time
f meeting a rando from Reddit isn’t your thing but you’re still open to the idea of finding your workout partner online, meetup groups are a good alternative.
Meetup.com is a well-known example, but you can also find these on places like Facebook. Not only do these groups revolve around meeting up in a certain city, there are many that focus on specific fitness activities, like running, cycling, Tai Chi – you name it.
In short, they’re usually more focused and less awkward that meeting random folks from social media, allowing you to meet like-minded people with little effort or commitment on your part.
Advantages: Easy to use, less effort and awkwardness than social media, dedicated to certain activities
Disadvantages: These groups are usually larger and offer less one-on-one partnership between members
Cost: Meetup.com is free, but you’ll often spend money on group activities, transportation, etc.
If the above methods have failed or you’d rather just skip the hassle entirely, there’s one more awesome way to find a workout buddy – and that’s with a service dedicated to this kind of thing, like TaskTwins, WellSquad, or Bvddy.
TaskTwins will ask you about yourself and your goals, then do all of the hard work of matching you with a compatible partner. It’s more focused than pinging your social circle, less time-consuming than combing through social media, and provides that one-on-one accountability that you need to crush your goals.
Now, some of these services do cost money, but it’s entirely worth it when you consider all the time and headaches you’ll save. Plus, TaskTwins offers a risk-free, 30-day money back guarantee.
Here are a few other apps that you can try to help you find a workout partner.
Advantages: Easy to use, saves time, and connects you with people who share your same interests and goals
Disadvantages: Costs money
Cost: Just $9.97 per month or $99.97 per year
Your goals aren’t going to accomplish themselves – but the perfect fitness partner can certainly help push you along the way.
And with the tips above, ranging from free to paid and easy to time-consuming, you’ve got a whole arsenal of ways to track down someone that will help motivate you, hold you accountable, and even make your workouts more fun.
Which method will you choose?