Research has shown that motivation is a key component for exercise adherence. Some have reported that exercising with a partner is more effective to obtaining goals rather than working out individually. PURPOSE: To assess motivation and fitness levels between individual and partnered workouts after four weeks of training. METHODS: Sixteen participants (age: 24.3±2.2, height: 67.4±3.2, weight: 187.9±44.6) performed baseline testing, four weeks of circuit training, and post testing in either individual (IG) or partnered (PG) sessions. The participants were also given a motivation questionnaire pre and post tests. ANOVAs were used to determine differences in how long they lasted on the Bruce, Bruce submaximal RPE, and Bruce submaximal HR from pre- to post-testing between IG and PG. Significance was set with Alpha < .05. RESULTS: There was no significant difference for any of the measured variables between the groups, p > .05. CONCLUSION: In this convenient sample, exercising alone or with a partner did not affect motivation or fitness variables after four weeks of training. Motivation may be affected by personality, competitiveness, social insecurities, or other variables.
Swiantkiewicz, Kayla A.
"Effect of Partner and Individual Exercise on Motivation and Fitness,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 2:
11, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol2/iss11/7