Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

FBG-Friends-e1412342759298“It’s so much better when everyone is in. Are you in?” ~Incubus lyrics

My boyfriend and I are blessed to have friends who like to work out with us. It’s harder for me to get out and sweat on the weekends if I’m going at it solo. I mean, aren’t the weekends made for socializing and catching up with the friends we miss while slaving away on the job? Having friends who not only support your fitness endeavors but also like to work out with you really warms my heart and melts my butter.

No matter what the sport, my boyfriend and I can always count on our buds Omar and Celina to partake in the festivities. Want to try a Spartan race? Sure! Want to try my guy’s Sunday bootcamps? Why not?! I recently asked the two of them if they’d be down for a Saturday morning workout, and they happily asked what time.

We met bright and early at Runyon Canyon, a popular hiking spot in Los Angeles, ready to defeat the monster hike of all monster hikes. We spent the time sweating our brains out, discussing upcoming events we will be doing together, swapping recipe ideas (Omar is a foodie!) and enjoying each others’ company.

Although I about DIED on the second “hill” we attempted, having the gang with me definitely saved my sanity (and life). There’s just something about a group dynamic that makes working out special. I really do feel lucky and blessed to have friends who support such positive lifestyle choices. A wise person did once say that there’s strength in numbers, after all.

What about y’all? Do you have a workout buddy or a workout couple that makes your workout world all the more snazzy? —Tish

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  1. Sylvia says:

    That’s awesome that you have such great friends and support. I hope to find some fitness buddies soon. I get support from the hubs, but he’s far from a participant.

  2. Alyse says:

    That is the best way to spend time with friends! How wonderful to have workout / hiking buddies. I am woefully short of friends to work out with – they’re either way above my level, or not interested in being active. Must find some activity buddies at the right level!

  3. Christine says:

    Sylvia – I feel your pain. I dont really have any friends that are into fitness (outside of the occasional hot yoga class). My guy is supportive but is also far from a participant. Too bad we couldn’t meet up and be fitness friends!

  4. Lee Morgan says:

    @ Tish:
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It’s a shame that in my social circle, working out is something that just isn’t done together. I tend to treat my workouts as an appointment (not necessarily as a chore), in the sense that I try to make sure I fulfill this commitment before “going out to play.” I totally wouldn’t mind getting active as a social “for fun” kind of event, but unfortunately most outings tend to revolve around shopping or food, or both. I think this might be the case with others, judging by the comments above.

    In any case, you and your boyfriend have a great find–another couple who shares your enthusiasm. But aside from your friends, you’re totally lucky to have a partner who is as motivated as you are to get moving. It definitely helps that you’re not stuck guilting him, or vice-versa. 🙂

    @ Alyse:
    I understand what you mean about finding fitness friends who are around your level. My issue is that pals in my immediate circle aren’t necessarily as committed to the cause as they could be; nothing against them, it’s totally a personal choice, but I wouldn’t want to be constantly harassing them to go to the gym, go to the gym, go to the gym! Personally, I’ve become accustomed to working out solo, mostly because my schedule is pretty restrictive during the week. I would hate to force someone else to re-arrange their appointments in order to fit that small window of time I have open.

    As a suggestion, try browsing the bulletins at your gym or even joining a class, if only to meet new like-minded fitness friends. You’ll probably be able to gauge their fitness level from the classes you take, plus approaching someone about fitness in an exercise class seems more natural and successful than dragging another friend out who rarely exercises. I’ve come to know a few familiar faces at my gym, and we occasionally stop to have a brief chat. I find these people are great for swapping ideas and advice, and they’re pretty supportive as well.

    Great to hear you’re all trying to be active despite not necessarily having a fitness friend. At least we can get that motivation and support in communities like this! 🙂