How to Be a Bad Workout Partner

Modern Manners Guy’s 3 tips for handling a bad workout partner.

Richie Frieman
3-minute read


The other day a friend of mine asked me to go running with him. I hate running, but I do like exercising, so I figured it would be fun to hang out and get a workout in. The run started out fine, but then out of nowhere, he took off on a sprint, saying, “I’ll meet you at the end!” He slowly became a smaller dot in the distance, as I was left very confused. Isn’t the point of asking someone to workout with you to actually run together? Had I known that he would be long gone after two minutes, I would have stayed in the air-conditioned gym to work out by myself. Maybe he thought I would keep up? Or, maybe he realized I couldn’t and decided, “Screw Richie, I’m out of here!” Sadly, I think it was the latter.

When someone asks you to work out with them, or do anything that would lead Person A to believe that Person B intends this to be a social activity, the expectation is that you will start and end the activity together. If Person B bails, it shows highly improper behavior. It’s like if someone says, “Come to this party with me, tonight,” but when you arrive together they take off on their own, leaving you to nurse a drink in the corner, alone. Ugh!

I understand that when it comes to working out, you want to get the best burn and sweat going as possible. But if you have invited another person to work out with you, you have to be there for the entire time. I know this isn’t a date or anything, but it isplans. And you planned to be with them – not just in the same zip code.

If you find yourself in the position of being ditched as I was, I recommend 3 things:


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Richie Frieman