The European Society of Cardiology released a study that showed the results of couples who train together after one party suffers from a heart attack.
The RESPONSE-2 trial randomly assigned 824 people to the intervention group or the control group. Of those 824 people, 411 were part of the intervention group. 48% of the IG participant’s spouses took part in the lifestyle modifications. By doing so, they discovered the patient was more than twice likely to change their lifestyle (weight loss, exercise, smoking) within a year.
This is something which falls under the common knowledge department, but it is good to see it quantified in a study.
If you were a part of this study, would you fall under the intervention group – meaning you have a supportive partner at home, or the control group – meaning you are taking part in a lifestyle modification on your own?
What type of roadblocks are in your way if you are part of this control group?
As a coach, I have heard them all, and I have lost clients in control groups because I couldn’t talk them out of the difficulty in navigating waters alone when their First Mate is filling the boat full of holes.
I know it is easy to say, “screw them, this is about you,” but the truth remains a lot more muddled than a simple decision. When you inhabit a life with someone who may support your goals in theory, but isn’t with you on the journey, you can easily be led astray by innocent temptation.
Your partner isn’t always trying to tempt you maliciously, but we give into it because it is easier for us to give in to temptation when we are struggling with consistency.
Coaching can help, but we cannot be at your home with you when you are choosing between the healthier meal that fits your plan or the meal your partner cooks that looks a hell of a lot tastier than what you came up with.
A recent study looked at lifestyle behaviors among couples and found that one partner’s habits have a big influence on the other’s.
The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) studied accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit the plan to someone. If you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.
The evidence is overwhelming from the scientific and anecdotal community:
Couples who train together – get results together.
Accountability partners and coaching, two massive keys to success.
We provide the coaching and we encourage you to bring your partner to train with you.
We have married couples in our gym, as nutrition clients, and they thrive in their created goal-oriented environment. They celebrate each other’s success, and push each other to be better.
Much like in their day to day life, the gym and diet are an extension of it, and that makes one hell of a team.
Contact us today and be a team.
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