BUDDY UP! 5 WORKOUTS THAT ARE BETTER WITH FRIENDS
The benefits to having a workout buddy are myriad, but sometimes a fitness friend just gets in the way. Whether you want a talk-free run, or need to train hard for an upcoming tri, sometimes you need to go at it alone. That doesn’t mean flying solo all the time though! Check out these five workouts made better with a friend.
While possible to do solo, rock climbing is a true partner sport, requiring both good communication and trust between participants. So not only is rock climbing a great workout, it also helps you and your climbing partner forge a closer bond. If neither you or your friend know how to rock climb, look for an outdoor rock climbing class in the surrounding area, or join a indoor climbing gym.
Whether it’s a leisurely cruise along the beach or going intense on wooded trails, cycling is a great way to spend the day together. While you don’t need a buddy to hit the bike path (unless you’re on a tandem), it can make for a better — and safer — day. Having a friend there makes a long ride go by quicker and gives you an even better excuse to stop for a lunch break at local hot spots along the way. And if anything were to happen to you while you’re on the road, your buddy can stay with you and facilitate getting the help you’ll need.
While I have done a bit of solo hiking, it’s not something I recommend, mostly for one reason: safety. Many hiking trails are remote, on challenging terrain, and easy to get lost on — all reasons to have someone with you. Besides, even the easiest hikes are more enjoyable when you have someone to share the breathtaking views with!
If you’ve never taken a fitness-based dance class, you’re in for a treat — the music, moves, and energy make it a great way to burn calories with a friend. This especially true because it often feels like more of a social experience than a workout.
Another bonus to bringing a friend: if you don’t have much experience with dance, these types of classes can also be a little nerve-wracking. Whether it’s pole dancing, Zumba, or hip-hop, the two of you can laugh your way through as you master the moves together! Here are some fun dance-inspired workouts to try together.
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