Have you always been interested in health and fitness, and staying in shape? Are you now thinking about taking it to the next level and trying bodybuilding as a fun and productive activity?
Bodybuilding is an impressive sport, but also one that requires so much commitment. You have a lot to keep in mind at once--workouts, diet, discipline, consistency, physical and mental health, focus--and it can get overwhelming. But don’t let this scare you from the journey!
Instead, team up with a body-building accountability partner to help you get to the place you’re aiming for.
An accountability partner will not just ensure you are actually working to get in shape, lose weight, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also a support system to keep you focused and motivated when you feel stuck and want to quit. As a bonus, they could also give you tips on their fitness success and how to improve your efforts and get to your goals quicker and better!
Why you need a bodybuilding accountability partner
To share your journey
Bodybuilding is a tough sport and you need to work constantly, so doing it alone can likely cause you to derail and abandon it.
Some research shows that people are much more productive when they have a partner to bounce ideas off of, exchange ideas and updates on daily progress. A personal trainer or bodybuilding accountability buddy checks all these boxes by being with you every step of your weight loss and fitness journey – and maybe even joining you as a workout buddy so you can meet some health goals together!
To establish discipline
Accountability will increase your chances of sticking to your challenging commitments, planning your steps more efficiently, and rethinking your fitness program or training program if something is not working.
Also, if you're looking for some new challenges to your fitness goals, then you need an accountability partner to help you push yourself harder!
To gain new perspectives
If your accountability partner is a personal trainer or has expertise and experience in bodybuilding, you'll learn new techniques and strategies for self-improvement and increasing your fitness level.
In fact, when you first think about forming some bodybuilding goals, you'll find that there are so many great regimes, foods, and activities out there, each with its own perks, challenges, and maybe some quirks. Deciding which one to try first can get overwhelming!
How to find a bodybuilding accountability partner for your fitness goals
Join a gym
Sometimes the most obvious choices are the best ones! Find a gym near you and look for specific bodybuilding programs with personal trainers or certified fitness professionals.
While there are tons of classes where fitness trainers can help clients with their wellness goals, bodybuilding is more niche. So make sure to look for some classes with a bodybuilding coach or advanced fitness professional for some specific advice, encouragement, and moral support.
Check online communities
Social media platforms like Facebook are now full of groups and pages with thousands of people with bodybuilding goals or similar intentions seeking and giving out advice.
Youtube also has videos where people share their bodybuilding journey and other tips on the sport.
Download fitness accountability apps
Stickk, Strava, and Stepbet are some popular apps used by people who need to be held accountable for their fitness goals. Although bodybuilding is a much more specific goal, these apps can help you get into a better routine for bodybuilding.
Look for experts
Lots of bodybuilders are now coaches and bloggers, even if they don't conduct classes, per se. Find one you can relate to in terms of goals or journeys, and reach out for advice and support to help you make better decisions.
Tips for working with a bodybuilding accountability buddy
Pick someone on the same wavelength
Being in sync is important for the success of any relationship, and an accountability partnership is no exception. You need to find a good accountability partner or person who understands what your goals are, maybe has similar life aims or experience, and is able to keep you accountable in the way you want.
However, not every fitness enthusiast goes down the bodybuilding route, but that doesn't mean they don't understand the concepts involved.
So even if your accountability partner does not share the journey or have the same goal as you, make sure they understand the sport and what it requires so they can help you through it.
Set an agenda
Once you find an accountability partner, the first order of business is to decide how you will be working together. This process includes sharing what your end goals are, which aspects you will need an accountability check for, which ground rules would need to be fixed, and so on!
If it's a two-way bodybuilding accountability partnership, make sure you're on the same page about the big goal and what you'll do to help push each other--one person should not be doing all the heavy lifting!
Agree on a schedule
An accountability partnership works best with regular or even daily check-ins to make sure you're achieving your desired life outcomes. So decide on a time to check in and honor that message when it comes!
If you can, work out together whenever possible so you have a clear idea of how each person is approaching the goal and so you can provide specific advice!
See if it aligns
If you're trying an app, make sure its pricing, accessibility, and features offer you the kind of accountability you want. It may not be exactly what you are looking for, but don't let the differences be so vast that the app does not do much to keep you accountable.
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