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Let’s face it, not everyone enjoys fitness training. We were all made different and unique. I enjoy fitness training and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy my job as a personal fitness trainer. Many of you also enjoy fitness training and look forward to your daily workouts. I want to focus on the fine ladies who enjoy other things in life, but not fitness training—the ladies who work out because they are preparing for a competition that requires them to be in very good physical condition.

A pageant or competition that has a swimsuit or aerobic wear portion is a perfect example of why some ladies start a fitness training program. Once they have completed their competitions, they stop their fitness training until it is time to prepare for next year’s competition.

There you are ladies—doing something you don’t like to do, trying to get your bodies into shape, and having a miserable time doing it. What is needed in a situation like this is motivation. There are several different ways to get you motivated during the long, tedious process.

One example is listening to your favorite music, especially if it’s fast and upbeat. The right music can create instant excitement. Another great idea is to schedule your training session for the time of day when you have the most energy. You may be a morning person and complete your workout prior to going to work, or you may not be a morning person and it is all you can do to get to work. If this is the case then try scheduling your training in the evening, after work. Surrounding yourself with motivated people who are enjoying their training can help you become more motivated too, which brings me to the main point of this article—having a training partner.

Training partners can provide instant motivation and accountability. You will have someone who is there to encourage you to train harder when you feel like you can’t go on. Someone to help you get that last rep when you feel like another rep is impossible to achieve. Training partners are important when you need a “spot.” They watch you very carefully and can help you lift the weight on that last rep when you can not lift it alone.

A training partner will also watch to insure your technique and form are correct. They also insure you are going through each rep of each exercise safely and at the right speed. Of course you will be the spotter for your partner once you have completed your last rep and it is their time to perform the exercise. Having a training partner does not necessarily mean each of you are completing all the same exercises. Each of you can be doing the same program or different programs. Your partner spots for you when they are resting between sets and you spot for them when you are resting between sets. You will find that once you get used to training with a partner exercising will become more enjoyable, you will stay more motivated, and receive better results.

Now all of you ladies who do not enjoy working out, find a training partner and get motivated.


Mike Mauney is a personal fitness trainer certified by the National Federation of Professional Trainers. Mike specializes in personal fitness training for women of all ages. For more than 18 years, he has been training dancers, models, cheerleaders and pageant and swimsuit contestants of all ages and competition levels (local, state, national and international). His daughter, Michelle Mauney-Lowery, was Miss North Carolina USA 1995. Some of Mike’s training credits include: Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley, Miss Teen USA 2004 Shelley Hennig, Mrs. International 2004 Tammy McDonald, Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo, Mrs. International 2002 Tonya Matney, Miss United States World 2001 Carrie Stroup, Mrs. United States 1999 Janice Ward, Miss Teen USA 1998 Vanessa Minnillo and Mrs. America 1994 Keyna Baucom. His web site is


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