A date for your diary:  Bring a friend for free and get the benefits of working out with a friend: Tuesday 14th – Sunday 19th February

Valentines is all about matters of the heart and this month at ICON Health Club we are celebrating Healthy Heart Month. What better way to ‘Share the Love’ this month & get your heart fitter, faster & stronger than training with a friend. Yes, it’s not all about soppy love poems and romance at Valentines, it is also a time to think about your heart in other ways. When it comes to working out, having a friend along for the ride – or lift – can be beneficial and keep you on track with your goals.

1. Fewer skipped workouts

Scheduling a gym session with a friend helps hold you accountable for getting your workout in. Meeting someone at the gym not only motivates you to show up, but to work hard as well.

2. Push yourself further

Exercising with another person pushes you to do your workout and do it to the best of your ability. Another bonus – if you work out with a friend who is stronger or faster than you, you’ll be more likely to test your own limits.

3. Try new exercises

Hitting the gym with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as strength training or lifting heavier weights. When trying something new, your friend will provide a confidence boost and can also serve as a spotter if you need one.

4. Work out longer

Time flies when you’re having fun… or at least when you are distracted. Having someone to chat with between sets lets you focus on something other than just your workout making the time go by faster.

5. Recover together

There’s nothing worse than undoing all your hard work at the gym with unhealthy foods. A friend who’s worked up a sweat with you is likely to want to join you for a healthy post-exercise meal or snack.

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