Get by with a little help from your friends


FACT: Getting active and taking part on regular exercise boosts both physical and mental wellbeing.

But how can we continue to get the best out of our performances in the gym? Is it through diet? Is it based on what time you go to sleep? Maybe your muscles are just still sore from previous workout?

All these factors can influence your gym sessions and performance. But maybe there is something closer to home; maybe the solution is standing right next to you as you’re reading this. That’s right, your friends/ buds/ partner/ BFFs could hold the key to achieving those fitness goals. Research shows that visiting a gym with someone else can not only improve your performance, but also works towards increasing your endurance and weight loss results.

With NRG’s Refer a Friend offer, not only can you get one month’s free membership for every mate that joins, here’s a few more reasons why it’s beneficial to have a training buddy…

Friendly competition

Some gym goers may prefer a solo regime, however working out with a partner helps you to stay motivated, boosts overall performance and often, means having more fun!

There is nothing wrong with some healthy competition, none more so than with your mates. If you’re a little competitive, working out with a friend can make you push yourself more than if you were going solo.

Brings the TRIBE together

One study found that 95 percent of those who started a fitness programme with friends completed the programme, compared to a 76 percent completion rate for those who tackled the programme alone.

One of the best reasons for exercising with friends is the social interaction. People who train together form a community and no longer feel alone. And sharing your successes with your friends that know the hard graft you have put in goes even further when you smash a new PB.

Double your output

According to a study by Kansas State University, working out with a friend can increase the intensity of your workout by up to 200%. This is because we feel pushed to keep up with each other’s performance levels.

Rowing for a few kilometres can be tedious and at times a tad lonely, which quickly leads us to jumping off a little earlier than we would if we were in the presence of a friend. Likewise, we are more likely to perform a few extra reps and even be confident enough to jump up that extra weight when we have a partner pushing us on.

Fresh ideas

Are you looking to try and change up your fitness regime, or just want to try something new when you visit the gym?

Your workout buddies may have some extra knowledge and ideas that you’d not even thought about. By having someone else’s input, you might learn further skills such as refining your running style, or you could even find a new interest in a class you have never tried.

Variety is the key to sticking with your exercise plan. Mixing it up will not only mean you will have more fun, but your body will respond better, too.

We can all admit that we’ve had those days where we didn’t want to get out of bed for that early morning gym session, it happens. But having someone to train with can do more for your desire to hit the gym and better your health and fitness gains, don’t be the other one that lets the team down.

So, what are you waiting for? Make sure to share your referral code today and be rewarded with a month’s free membership for each sign up to your local NRG GYM.

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