Support can be crucial. In fact, a study from Stanford recently found that even just receiving a phone call from a companion once a week can lead to an increase in the amount you exercise by 78%. So, how much could having a designated gym buddy improve your workout routine? Having a workout partner can play a critical role in your fitness journey, no matter if you’re just starting out or if you’re years into your routine. Check out these top 5 benefits of having a workout partner!

1 – Sharing the experience together is more rewarding. Struggling at a treadmill alone may seem daunting, but consider laughing about the experience later with a friend– that probably seems a lot more bearable. Having a friend to share in the hardships, steer away from the temptations with, and at your side while you’re working towards your goals can make it a truly rewarding experience.

2 – Having a partner can boost your motivation. While facing the journey alone may be a hard but manageable experience, making the trip to the gym and on your way to your goals with a friend becomes a lot more achievable. Sharing a joint motivation can make the commitment to work out a stronger, more passionate goal that you can remind one another of when your morale suffers.

3 – Not only can a partner motivate you, but their commitment can give you an obligation to continue. While obligations aren’t often something to look forward to, having the tie and promise to another person to fulfill your fitness goal is a strong source of motivation to keep you going. Having their morale and trust to continue can be just enough pressure to drive you to keep up the hard work!

4 – While a partner is there to complement you, they can also be there to get a bit competitive. While workout sessions shouldn’t be a race to see who can lift what, or run longer, or go harder, seeing someone else excel in one field can push you to try harder. For instance, if you have a friend that’s great at running, that may push you to work at improving your own. If you admire your workout partner who lifts higher numbers than you, then maybe you’ll feel encouraged to take up practicing your lifting more, too. A little competitive spirit can lead to self-improvement!

5 – A workout partner can make the gym feel more comfortable. While seeing a sea of new faces can be intimidating, having a familiar one at your side to look at can help you feel safe. A gym can seem especially formidable when you’re just starting your fitness journey, so ensuring you can find something friendly and familiar while you start working out can be game-changing. Take a friend in for at least your first visit and you’ll have someone to anchor you and make the space feel more comfortable.

At Platinum Fitness, we’re ready to help lead you through your journey with a Free 7-Day Pass and all of the resources you need to get going! Why not bring a friend? Everyone is welcome!

Congratulations Jordan who placed first in our 60-day challenge for males. He started the completion weighing 169 pounds with body fat percentage of 18.5%. At the end of the challenge he weighed 160 pounds and cut his body fat percentage to 11.1%. The total body fat loss was 40%.

Congratulations to Doreen that took second place in our 60-day challenge. She started out with her weight at 262 pounds and 44% body fat percentage. At the end of the challenge she weighed 239 pounds and reduced her body fat percentage to 23.3%. The total loss of body fat was 20% in which was a close 2nd in the female challenge.

Congratulations to Keanna who took first place in the female category. She came in weighing 171 pounds with body fat percentage of 30.8%. She finished the 60-day challenge weighing 158 pounds and reducing her body fat percentage to 23.3%. In total she lost 25% body fat.

Are you looking to make healthier choices, really change the way you look, and feel?

A Platinum Fitness client who’s lost over 109 pounds, and 20% body fat, has a little advice:

“Make the first step and never doubt yourself,” says Kirstin Loomis, a Tucson mom, who walked into Platinum Fitness weighing 278 pounds.

Loomis is a “success story”, in the truest sense. She used to wear a size 22 pants, now wears a size 10, and is still losing.

Loomis says she’d been coming to Platinum Fitness for a few years, but decided about 10 months ago to make a serious change.

“I got tired of being overweight. My weight consumed my life on a daily basis. I wanted to change my life. I have a 10-year-old son, and he’s really active, and he wanted to do a lot of things that I just wasn’t able to do, like hiking,” says Loomis.

She says she set her mind to it and has not looked back. She made a decision to change her life.

Loomis says “I told myself I would lose the weight I needed in order to be healthy and that I would make this my lifestyle.”

But she needed a little support.

“I started wanting to lose weight, but I didn’t really know what to do in the gym, so I approached Kurt, the General Manager, and said, I want to know about personal training.”

Enter Kirstin’s Trainer, Brent “Bo” Bowman.

“He changed my life,” says Kirstin.

“She changed her own life, and all the credit goes to her,” says Bo.

Bo is a Certified Personal Trainer at Platinum Fitness.

“She’s worked harder than any other client I’ve ever had. I give her homework: She does it all the time,” says Bo.

Loomis said the two worked well together.

“He made me feel like I was important,” says Loomis “And what I was trying to do was important. Any question I’ve ever asked, he’s answered it. He always explains to me why we’re doing something. He’s one of my biggest cheerleaders. He’s always encouraged me and helped me find strength and courage to do things I never thought possible. He never lets me give up even when it’s hard.”

Bo says while Loomis had belonged to Platinum Fitness for a while, he echoes the fact that she needed some guidance.

“Kirstin, like a lot of people, come in, and hop on a treadmill, and not see results,” says Bo.

He says, in order to do actual body ‘sculpting’ – to change the way your body looks – weight and resistance training is key. Conditioning, form, and safety are also important, and an expert can help you with a plan.

“Everyone can use the push, and some guidance,” Bo says.

And Loomis’s example sets the tone for others.

“Some of my friends workout here now or work with my trainer or others, as a result. I take no credit for that but you can start a chain reaction. When others see that it’s possible you give them hope.” says Loomis.

And the trainers at Platinum, are very diverse, says Bo. They work with beginners, all the way to ‘bodybuilder’ “types”.
“One of our trainers, Marco, is going to school to be a physical therapist. He’s very knowledgeable about injuries, and works well with people who may have physical restrictions,” says Bo.

Bo and Loomis have made a great team: The two participated in a 5K race the beginning of February, something Loomis says she never could have done before.

Kirstin says she’s able to enjoy exercise she hasn’t been able to do, or was ever interested in. She’s also been able to do more with her son.

“I had not been hiking in 20 years, and we go all the time, now,” says Loomis.

“I found in myself the courage to do something different.”

(And yes, gentlemen, Kirstin adds, she is single.)

She Started training in February with Micah Mills, and is still training with Micah. From the end of February to end of April she lost 22 lbs and 7% body fat. Before starting training with Micah she had hit a plateau in her weight loss for an entire 6 months.

“Ariel lost 22 pounds on the scale and 7% body fat (14 pounds).”

When Ariel started training with Micah, the weight began to fly off! Equaling a total of 22lbs and 7% body fat, 14 of those pounds being Body Fat!