What makes a good gym buddy?…

When it comes to training at the gym I’m a lone wolf.

I much prefer going alone as it allows me to focus and unwind without distractions.

However, if I was looking looking for a good gym buddy, then I would want someone:

  • Who is consistent.
  • Keeps showing up.
  • Pushes you.
  • Is a good spotter (gives you chance to push through the bench, rather than wrenching it straight off you as soon as your momentum slows down).
  • Shared goals.

A gym buddy who would be my worst nightmare:

  • Makes workouts up as they go along.
  • Sends last minute messages to say they can’t be arsed training today.
  • Tries to show you up.
  • Excessively loud.
  • Draws attention of everyone in the gym towards you.
  • Uses you, to flex their own ego.
  • Belittles your achievements.

Too much of the latter I would ditch them.

What makes a good gym buddy to you?

What type of person would drive you nuts?

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5 thoughts on “What Makes a Good Gym Buddy?

  1. Before the pandemic, I would go to the gym with my mum. We both like to train alone and do totally different stuff when we get there but going together would help encourage the other to go and give a bit of encouragement if either of us were feeling lazy that day!

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    1. Going along with someone and doing your own thing is the best of both worlds – you have someone keeping you accountable, can car share and then when you arrive you can have the headspace.

      Thanks for commenting!


  2. I train alone now because I moved away from my home town and I like training alone but back at home, me and my gym buddy would meet up at the gym after school at 5 every day. We were about equal strength, but we had our strengths and weaknesses. I think having a good gym buddy can help people starting out especially.


    1. Having a gym buddy who is on a similar level helps with training. It’s quite time consuming when you have to keep adding/removing plates after every set because of varying strength, though working where you both have different strength/weaknesses work really well. Back in my university days I used to train with someone who was a really strong squatter/deadlifter whereas I had better upper body strength. It helped us balance out.

      Joining a gym can be a massive psychological challenge for some people, so a gym buddy who is supportive, can teach you and makes you feel confident going into the free weights area is priceless.

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