6/5/13

WWW: Those That Sweat Together Stay Together

     [from endu] Before I let our Women writer send you some good advice I just wanted to brag on her a bit. This past weekend we got engaged. Our relationship literally started around the weight room and has continued to this day. We push each other spiritually and physically. Every day is a new challenge that we both know the other can overcome. So please read through all of her article and then share with your better half!
      Everyone has their opinions on whether it’s okay to work out with the other gender. Although you don’t have to agree with my opinion, I’m going to go through some of the pros and cons so you can better make the choice for yourself. First, though, I’m going to start off by making it clear that I’m solely talking about those in relationships, meaning close friends, dating couples, or married couples. I’m not advertising going to the gym to “mac” on the opposite sex and have a workout buddy. Also, I’m not saying this as an everyday thing. More like a couple times a week

            From personal experience, I used to be super self conscious of working out in the gym in front of guys whether I was single or taken just because I didn’t want to look like an idiot or lift too little, especially when it came to lifts that not a lot of every day girls do (example: hang cleans, correct below parallel squats, front squats, thrusters, rows, etc.). However, for some reason, whenever you work out with another person, especially the other gender, you usually have a lot more motivation to bust your tail. It seems my best workouts and greatest PRs were always done when Drew was there because I felt like I had something to prove and needed to impress him. Truth was, I didn’t, but it helped me nonetheless. Even when I didn’t PR or complete the lift we’d talk about it and he’d un-frustrate me and then I get to go back to lifting with my best friend. So here are some pros and cons and then you can decide for yourself:

PROS:
1.      Motivate you more
2.      Make you become more aware of lifting/exercising techniques
3.      If you’re a girl, the guy can help you spot better than another girl can
4.      It’s like a date to the gym except cheaper and better
5.      You get to spend time together
6.      You get to build each other up
7.      You have an accountability partner
8.      It’s another area you can invest in each other’s lives
9.      You always feel better about yourself, your day, and your significant other after a good workout
10.  Something about sweat is really attractive to the opposite sex
11.  If you’re married, working out together will help and boost certain parts of your married life.
12.  You have something to talk about later.
13.  You can rehab together
14.  You have healthy competition
15.  You conquer something hard together which brings you closer


CONS:
1.      Many feel extremely self-conscious
2.      If you’re a guy, the girl probably can’t help you spot better than another guy can
3.      You can’t wear what you would normally wear around your same gender
4.      You can easily get frustrated at each other
5.      Sometimes you try to over-do to impress and fail
6.      You can get hurt trying to complete what you want
7.      You can get easily distracted from your workout and goals
8.      Girls like to talk a lot. It’s a fact. And most the time it doesn’t stay on lifting because we spider web a lot too.
9.      If you’re a guy, you may get some flack from your buddies about it.
10.  It’s a lot easier to complain to your significant other or close friend and make them frustrated
11.  It’s sometimes difficult to find a workout that you both can and want to do and is going to help you both achieve your specific goals
12.  It can be a real relationship tester
13.  It can leave someone feeling worse than when the workout began
14.  Often times guys don’t want to do cardio and girls don’t want to weight train
15.  It’s always intimidating to try something new with someone you care about



So, in conclusion, I suggest you at least try it out, even if it’s just a game of basketball or a walk around the lake. You never know what can happen. And if it makes you feel better, I get to work out with the creator of Endu. Intimidating? Yes. Fun and rewarding? You bet. So go out and endu! And bring your special someone along while you’re at it!

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.