Start with a conversation
Before you jump into this new partnership, you’ll need to be honest about your shared goals and motivation styles. Even a close friend may not realize how their new partner would prefer to navigate their fitness journey.
“Being honest about how you like to be motivated is huge. Are you a ‘tough love’ sort of person who enjoys a no-nonsense approach and to be pushed hard? Or do you need a bit more grace in your fitness journey, with positive reinforcement?” says Dominique Burton, RUNGRL Co-founder and cross training expert.
“Either approach can work, but it’s important to talk about that before you begin training together so there is a good vibe between you and less possibility for misunderstandings.”
Set up daily (or semi-daily) check-ins
Start a thread in your preferred place, such as Slack or What’s App and make it your designated motivation area. You’ll be able to look back at conversations, plans and milestones all in one place, and can even link a calendar for planned events.
It’s also important that you share not only your wins during these check-ins, but your challenges as well. Tell each other what you struggled with that day or that week, to help find solutions for a better experience on your next run or workout.