Soul mates, swole mates, and everything in between. Is that love in the air or perspiration? I think Cupid left his arrows at home this year and picked up a barbell instead.
If you follow my blog, you’ve read on more than one occasion that having a workout partner can be extremely beneficial to your fitness. Workout partners hold you accountable, they help motivate you, they share in the experience with you, and you shouldn’t train without one unless you have to.
What about your spouse or significant other? Do you think he or she would make a good workout partner? I hit the gym all the time with my main squeeze, and aside from all the obvious health benefits and the added value mentioned above, our relationship benefits, too.
We don’t lack in the quality time department. Sometimes we train together at the gym. Other times we’ll go for a run or a bike ride close to home. More often than not, we go to the box together and do completely different routines. Regardless, we spend time together consistently because of our passion for fitness. We even mobilize and stretch on our living room floor together.
Fitness gives us about a million more things to talk about. We communicate before, during and after our training sessions about our training sessions and the different exercises that we do. "We offer each other tips, motivation, even corrections and compliments, which can be more effective than criticism. We also talk nutrition and food.
Our overall quality of life has improved significantly over the past eight years because of our fitness. Embracing fitness as a couple has led us to having similar health goals, which has carried over to our lifestyles. When it comes to recovery, we both believe in getting the proper amounts of sleep. When it comes to our diets, we both eat clean. There’s nothing worse than trying to practice good nutrition habits while your sweetheart sits across the table eating junk food right in front of you. Oh the nerve! I can actually hear you getting fatter!
So how do you become a power couple in the gym? For starters, find a gym that you both like and sign up for a membership together. At CrossFit Omaha, we have a lot of amazing couples that train with us, and we love it. If the gym isn’t your thing, find an activity that you can both enjoy and do it together. Get it on the schedule and make it happen. Who knows, it might just be what your relationship’s been missing.
Committing to an active lifestyle, embracing fitness and working out regularly is not easy. It is, however, very rewarding. If you respect each other’s boundaries, working out with your honey can add tremendous value to your relationship. Sharing in the hard work and sacrifice can strengthen your emotional bond. Achieving milestones together can bring joy and celebration. On top of it all – or on bottom – you’ll both look better naked, and before you know it, you’ll be skipping the gym for the bedroom and a different type of exercise.