Learn how to lean out and drop it like it's hot.


Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
October 4, 2013
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So you've made a resolution. You're going to the gym...

You promised yourself: 5 days a week, for at least thirty minutes. You made the deal, but suddenly you’re finding it much easier to say “Yes!” to happy hour and no to yoga. One way to hold yourself accountable is to make somebody else do it – get a workout buddy!

It’s tough to stay on track when this world has so many wonderful things to offer outside of the gym (like that amazing mexican food truck that is right outside of your apartment). Having a friend to suffer through workouts with will keep you on track, hold you accountable, and might make your workouts feel less like suffering and more like fun.


Research has shown that working out with a friend regularly keeps your attendance up by 40%. You motivate each other to work harder and keep your schedule. Not to mention there is always someone there to call you out when you try to flake. The result? More weight lost and a bangin’ bod to flaunt at the beach! Guilt is a hell of a motivator (also, you wouldn’t skip the gym and let your friend get hotter than you, right?).

Never tried yoga before? Doing it with a friend really reduces the awkward factor, and you can laugh about your foibles and that weird guy in the white tights after class over a much deserved coconut water. Need help building muscle? Having a friend  to spot you as you lift will not only increase your mass, but will keep you from dropping the bar on your chest and cracking your sternum (that’s what friends are for). Not to mention having someone you know spotting you is a lot nicer than some stranger’s sweaty crotch hanging over your head (at least that’s how we feel).

A big plus – Signing up with a friend gives you some extra leverage to negotiate your terms on your new gym contract!