Do I need a Workout Partner?

Motivation and Determination quotesWhat is better, working out alone or with a workout partner? there are advantages and disadvantages to both options.

Generally it’s better to workout with somebody else, to have a spotter during your weight training workouts has a few different benefits.

However sometimes training with somebody else or with a group of friends can actually hold you back.

Advantages of a workout partner

  • There are many advantages to training with somebody. Some people can find it very difficult to motivate themselves to get into that gym if they have to go by themselves, so if this sounds like you, find somebody else who has the same goals as you.
  • Having a spotter during weight resistance workouts allows us to reach muscle failure more often, which is exactly what is needed to get the most out of our workouts and to achieve the greatest benefits.
  • Spotters and training partners also provide a safety net. There are certain exercises such as the bench press that can become dangerous if you train to failure without a spotter. Obviously the biggest risk of performing the bench press by yourself is lowering the bar to perform another rep only to find yourself lacking the strength to push it back up, therefore becoming stuck under the bar, which has happened to me once or twice during my early training days. If this does happen trust me it can become a little scary, fortunately for me I was able to wrestle the bar over to one side and slide out.

Disadvantages of a workout partner

  • If you are there with your friends you can end up spending more time talking and fooling about than actually training, especially if your friends are not as motivated to get the results that you are. You could end up spending vasts amounts of time at the gym with out really achieving anything.
  • Sometimes the ego can get in the way of training properly. This can happen even when training alone, however if you are training with a group of guys the ego can go into overdrive. When this drive to boost the ego happens things like good technique and lifting safely can go out of the window, as you are just trying to impress others.

Overall, training with another person with the same goals as you and that is serious about achieving results is a good thing. It will lead to improved motivation, gaining the greatest results with less chance of injuring yourself.

However be mind full of the possible disadvantages and try not to allow them to effect you, however sometimes this is easier said than done.

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Top Cheesy Motivational Workout Songs

Top Cheesy Workout SongsWhat are the best cheesy workout songs? this post includes my all time top 10 motivational workout songs.

Listening to music while you train can be a great way to keep you motivated and help to relieve boredom during a long workout.

I tend not to listen to music while I am in the gym because my workouts normally only last about 30 – 40 minutes. However if you like to be in the gym a little longer than that, listening to music during your workouts might be a great motivator.

Different types of workouts/exercising

  • Resistance training

Listening to music during a weight training session can be very motivational and it can increase your energy levels. This can enable a lifter to lift more and help to push out a few more reps which will lead to better results.

  • Running/Cycling

Many people find running and cycling for long periods of time boring, having some music to listen to can be very helpful in taking your mind off it.

  • Walking

You may not consider going for a walk to be much of a workout, yet it’s still a very effective exercise. I often go for walks and it’s one of my favorite ways to listen to music.

  • Swimming

Swimming is a fantastic exercise, both for cardiovascular and muscle development, if you can get hold of some water proof ear phones you can listen to music while you swim.

So what are the best cheesy workout songs

For me it has to be some of the classics from films like Rocky and Scarface. The Rocky films have some of the best motivation workout music ever created.

Other good types of music tend to be fast paced music like dance music, dance music tends to make people feel more energetic which is good for obvious reasons. Rap music is another good type of music for energizing and motivating. Many rap songs are high energy and have aggressive lyrics. If you can convert that aggression into a productive form of energy, it could greatly benefit your workouts.

Any song that is about achieving goals and over coming adversity can be very motivational and energizing.

All Time Top 10 Workout Songs

1. Training Montage – Vince DiCola

2. No Easy Way Out – Robert Tepper

3. Burning Heart – Survivor

4. Push it to the limit – Scarface

5. Beat It – Michael Jackson

6. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

7. Hearts On Fire – John Cafferty

8. Stronger – Kanye West

9. You’re the best – Joe Esposito

10. War Vince – DiCola

This is my own personal top 10 motivational workout songs. I realize many of them are cheesy and heavily influenced by the Rocky movies, however they cannot be beaten.Save

Stay Motivated to Exercise

Exercise & Fitness Motivation TipsDo you struggle to stay motivated to exercise? this page gives you some tips and ideas on how to stay motivated to fitness and keeping in shape.

Many things can keep us motivated to fitness, for example keeping and maintaining what we have already achieved can be a huge motivator. Exercising can also make us feel good, it’s common to feel good and relaxed after strenuous exercise and also to feel a sense of achievement.

Exercise releases serotonin a hormone that makes us feel happy, it also releases endorphin’s which are natural pain-killers. These feelings and benefits can become additive and a strong motivator over time.

Exercise & fitness motivation tips

  • The first step is understanding the benefits of exercise, almost all the things you enjoy now will be improved by adding regular exercise into your life.
  • Understanding exercising doesn’t have to be unpleasant and time consuming.
  • Find someone to workout with, you are far more likely to succeed if you have a friend that has the same goals as you, you can motivate each other. Statistics show people who train with a friend are more likely to exercise on a regular basis.
  • Get fit for the right reasons, you should take pride in your appearance, this is a good reason to get into shape. Exercising to make somebody else happy is not a good reason to stay motivated.
  • Reward yourself for completing workouts, set exercise goals, if you achieve your goals treat yourself.
  • Have plenty of variety in your workouts, if you just do the same exercises and workout methods every time you will probably just get bored.
  • Listen to music or watch TV while you train.
  • Make sure you are fully aware of what is fact and what is just a common fitness myth.

Not all of the benefits will be obvious to begin with, you may need time before you can truly understand and appreciate certain things. For example the feeling you get from having a good workout then eating something healthy to fuel your body is a powerful and additive feeling.

Why do people fail to stay motivated?Just focus on yourself quotes

This is an example that I have seen many times, someone decides they want to get into shape, maybe they’re going on holiday. Whatever the reason, they go on a very strict diet and start working out 2 hours a day or more. Not many people will be able to keep this up for very long, which is not surprising especially when they don’t see dramatic results. It takes too much effort and it’s too time consuming, they just quit and go back to the way they were before. I have seen this pattern many times before. (don’t do it)

The key is to make slow gradual changes to your lifestyle, forget the all or nothing mentality this will normally not work, patience and persistence is the key here.

How I prevent boredom

Another reason people give up is because they find exercising boring and repetitive. Sometimes I also find exercising boring, this is why I often limit my workouts to 30-40 minutes. I also mix up my training methods, I often incorporate super sets and drop sets into my workouts.  If I am training at home I normally watch TV or listen to music while I train.

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