A fitness accountability partner can help you reach your fitness goals. Their contribution can make a huge difference to your success.
So how do you go about finding a one? What are the qualities you should be looking for? What are the red flags? We will discover it in this article.
First, identify your goals
It’s important to set realistic and specific goals for yourself before finding a partner. This will give you a clear idea of what you want to achieve and communicate the same to an accountability partner.
Be as specific as possible when it goes to identifying your goals. It’s also good to map out the process you’re going to take to reach there.
You don’t have to be very detailed but just having a rough idea is sufficient.
Finding the right fitness accountability partner
Here are some of the qualities you should be looking for, some of which have already been shared in the accountability partner checklist:
Initially, finding the time to exercise is going to be tough. Your muscles will aches, and getting used to the new diet will be hard.
The last thing you want to do is have a fitness partner around whom you don’t enjoy being. Instead, you want to be around someone you enjoy. So look for compatibility.
Do they show up to work out on time? Are they keeping their side of the bargain?
If you’re the one who’s reaching on time, doing your workouts, while your partner slacks off, it’s better to part ways early.
As mentioned previously, fitness is going to be a tough journey. There will be days when you won’t feel like going to the gym.
In such a case, it can be very hard to get the motivation to work hard. There will be times when you’ll need an outside push. Can your fitness partner give you that push? Do they motivate you in general?
It’s important your fitness accountability partner is there for you when you need them the most.
4. Has your best intentions
You want someone who’ll be hard on you that they push you to the next level. At the same time, when you win, you want them to feel happy about your growth.
If they’re too jealous of your growth, the partnership won’t be fun. You’ll sense their negative vibe and it could affect your fitness journey.
5. Giving constructive feedback
This isn’t an essential skill, but a good to have.
If you’re slacking off, you need someone who’s going to tell you the truth without any sugarcoating. For few people, their fitness instructor could fill in this role which is perfectly fine too.
Where to find a fitness accountability partner?
Now there are many places where you could find one. Some of the apps below were already covered in the article on accountability partner apps. Here are the ones that focus exclusively on fitness:
1. Joining a fitness class, gym
Back in the day, I used to swim to stay fit.
At the swimming pool, I casually started a conversation with a stranger after watching their swim. It turned out they went to the same college as me.
So eventually, we went from being strangers to swim partners, holding each other accountable.
Similarly, the best place to find a fitness accountability partner is at the fitness center. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share similar goals. Just remember to go there with an open mind and say hi!
2. Asking friends or family members
This one depends on how serious people close to you are about fitness. Having values that match can be hard.
At the same time, there’s no one better to keep you accountable than someone you grew up with. They’re more likely to be supportive and understanding.
3. Joining an online forum, community & social media
These days, there are many communities on the internet where you can connect with like-minded fitness enthusiasts.
One of the communities is FITTR. Later in the article, we will also cover apps where you can find such a fitness partner.
Another place to find an accountability partner is on social media.
It’s not super easy. Because you first need to devote time to finding the right communities, following the right pages, etc. Then you need to build trust.
But sometimes you can find some really amazing people who can go on to become your life-long friends.
Some people like to use social media as a tool to find an accountability partner. You can join different groups and communities dedicated to fitness and health. Also, you can share your progress and goals with your friends, family, and followers.
Tip: Type “fitness forums” in Google to discover online communities related to fitness.
5. Hiring a personal trainer
If you can afford one, this is one of the best fitness accountability partners you can ask for.
The reason being they will tick almost all the boxes in the checklist you saw above. That’s because they have no reason to be jealous of your growth, not be punctual or not give you feedback.
Their main interest lies in seeing you grow and achieve your goals. It only helps build a strong case for why others should train under them.
Fitness accountability partner apps and online communities
This platform claims to be the world’s largest fitness and nutrition community. What’s really good about their app is that the community inside it is super engaged.
So you’re not just likely to find coaches, but also people who’re on a similar fitness journey as you.
There’s a very good chance you’ll find your accountability partner here.
This website/app is mainly for coaches who make for some of the best accountability partners. Simply go to their app/website and type in fitness in search.
You’ll see a list of coaches who’ll help you level up your health.
3. My Fitness Pal
This is a relatively well-known app, and it’s quite old. It has an active community too. Another useful feature is you can track the progress of your friends via this app.
Remember the device you can wear on your hand? Yes, that fitbit. They have an online community where members can often find fitness partners who have similar journeys.
Are you someone who believes in doing sports to keep yourself fit? Then you can use this app to find a fitness partner.
Strava connects runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers and other active people through the sports they love. They have a website as well as a mobile app.
This is the social networking site of bodybuilding.com. It mostly caters to people who’re weightlifters and body builders.
They have an active community and their app is available on both Android, iOS as well as the web.
7. Nerd Fitness
As the names suggest, this site has branded itself to appeal to all the nerdy people out there. They have educational content on their site as well as an active and supportive community of fitness enthusiasts.
Do note that they currently don’t have an app, so the online to connect with them is via their website. Compared to others on the list, it looks a bit old.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, or simply improve your overall health, a fitness accountability partner can provide the support you need to stay on track. Don’t underestimate their power!
Wishing you good health!
Hello! It’s Rana here. On this blog, I write about productivity and self-help. I share my personal experiences and offer solutions that you can use in your life 🙂