You are loving your spin class on Wednesday, HIIT on Thursday, Yoga on Sundays and Barre on Mondays. You have really found some wonderful workouts in your city that you wish more of your friends would check out too. You care about their well-being too, yet you find a lot of your friends want to grab a drink to hang out when you would rather save some calories and break a sweat. Cities are full of workout options with many cities opening more and more workouts by the day. It takes very little research to find all of the options around you, but next time you won’t do it alone. Here is how to get your friends to workout with you (on the regular).
Set a Good Example
The best thing you can do for yourself and the loved ones around you is to set a good example. Remember when you are hanging out with them to mention here and there about how great you feel or the latest workout you checked out. The more you chat about them nonchalant the more they will naturally get more curious. You won’t need to keep asking them to join you, they will eventually reach out and ask to join on their own.
A lot of reasons why people don’t check out a new workout is because they are afraid they won’t be good at it or look like a fool. Assure them that you had no idea what you were doing the first time either but share your experience about how comfortable the place or people made you feel. You can also assure them that you will be right next to them and able to help at any moment. Furthermore, you can share about how great it feels to step out of your comfort zones. Very rarely does someone workout and say it was a bad idea.
Meet Them Halfway
If they are still seeming unsure of the idea, maybe you can meet them halfway. You two used to always go out for drinks on Wednesday. Suggest sneaking in a workout first and then going out to eat or drinks after. The hardest part is getting them in the door the first time. You can assure yourself that the drinks to follow could just be the first time since they will most likely love the workout and want to do it again without a commitment of drinks to follow the workout.
Ease Them Into It
You may not want to invite them to join at Crossfit the day you guys will be doing Fran, so think of what you think their abilities might be. Gauge what you think they are capable for the first time around, will determine which kind of workout the two of you do together. If you think yoga is more their speed then maybe this is a great time you take advantage of checking out a new to you studio too. You don’t want them to hate you or getting intimidated by a workout–the point is to get them to join you more consistently.
Which workout is your favorite type to take a friend to?