Maybe we’re getting up there in age and aren’t hip to all the terminology these days, but we came across a new buzzword recently and, since it applies to the topics on this site, decided it’s relevant to sharing to our readership.
The word is “swolemate”.
What’s a swolemate, you ask? We’ll explain below.
Why is Swolemate a Trending Word?
I’ve been seeing it all around Instagram and other social media lately, and perhaps you have as well. Basically, it is a term for a gym buddy. Most often it applies to a romantically-linked couple (which is why it’s a play on the word “soulmate”) who works out together, but in a broader sense, it can apply to a workout partner in general, regardless of the nature of your relationship otherwise.
Why is a Swolemate Important?
Having a workout partner is a huge boost to your exercise routine as it adds accountability. If you have someone you are scheduled to meet at the gym, who is counting on you to be there, you are far less likely to skip out on your workout that day. Call it a “swolemate date.”
Studies have shown that those who have a fitness partner end up going to the gym more often. Beyond just the accountability factor, the emotional support provides a huge boost as well. It can also bring out the competitive nature in the individual, wanting to run more miles on the treadmill, cycle longer on the stationary bike, or push out more reps in the weight room. You are much more likely to push yourself harder and reach a fitness goal than if you were to exercise solo, as well as work out longer.
Making Better Habits
The article also states that you are much more prone to developing healthy habits when you tackle fitness together. When it comes to pursuing weight loss (or gain) goals, studies found that people were much more able to make positive changes in their lifestyle when their partner did as well. If your health values are aligned, it is much easier to stick to those habits when you are in it together. If you think about it, this makes sense. In the case that the swolemates are a married couple, for instance, if one of them adopts a healthy diet, they are more likely to serve that to both rather than making two separate meals for each individual’s liking. These healthy habits can have a positive influence on those who initially didn’t eat or exercise in such a healthful manner.
What If You Are at Different Fitness Levels?
You might be wondering how this works if the two people in the swolemate couple aren’t aligned in their fitness levels. For instance, one may already be super fit while the other is just a beginner in the gym. For cardiovascular routines (we suggest using a HIIT routine like this for fat burning), you can both go at your own pace. Having someone alongside you will push you both further than if you were to go it alone.
As for weight training (suggested routines here), that can be done as well. If there is a huge mismatch in strength, make sure that there is a strong enough spotter around to help with the heavier lifter if the other member of the partnership does not have enough strength to spot properly. Otherwise, you can both follow the same routine, just adjusting the exercise with the appropriate weight.
Tips for Swole-Mating
If you and your partner want to become swolemates, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, don’t bring outside emotions into the equation. You should have a common goal of fitness and health, and not let any outside quarrels come into play that can be a detriment to your workout. That said, you should probably be in a healthy, communicative relationship before becoming swolemates. Also, know your partner’s limitations, so that you can press them to do their best, but not too far as to cause injury.
We’re curious how many of our readers are into fitness with their loved one. Do you have a swolemate in your life? Reach out to us by email or social media and share your story!