No, I’m not talking support bras or compression gear – although they’re both necessary, not so much the bra if you’re a man! No, I’m talking support from family, support from friends would be nice but I was one of those “urgh, goddamned gym go-ers food, post work-out, fitspo” posts *delete* kinda friends, so don’t hold out too much hope that your friends will understand your new found love of the gym.
I’m not saying you should train together – a quick blast through the “couples training” or “couples in the gym” tag over on Pinterest showed me some impressive looking people, but also a lot of staged, model style images as well – I’d like to think most people, who are couples that train do so in a non-poseur type way, but whatevs. They may be real & fair play to them if they are & that’s what makes them happy.
What I am saying is without someone in your corner, backing you. You may find training a little harder – what if there’s usually tempting chocolate & snacks in the house? What if they “like you as you are”? What do you do then?
I’ll be forever grateful to my trainer for showing me the things he has, but I wouldn’t be where I am without my husband. He was the one who told me to weight train years ago, he was the one who said it’d strengthen my back, he was the one who carried me to bed more than once when my spine decided to give way on me. He believed in me before I even knew this was what I wanted.
We’re in it together now, he trains harder than I do – he has his own injuries to deal with. We discuss meal prep & talk about what weight we can lift, we can sympathise with each others DOMS & also be each others “do not eat that! It is not cheat day” voices. I’ve been to the gym a few times with him, we don’t “train together” but it’s fun to randomly walk past him & squeeze his glutes on my way to another machine 😉