Online gym buddies better than being alone.

Nice study done by B Irwin shows that having a partner that exercises with you at the same time, even if online, is significantly better than going it alone. (Like twice as better!!)

This is a big win for why one would want to  schedule simultaneous events. Also, if I have members that want/need to do more on an individual task, it is great to know I can bring in an online partner and get some well known group dynamics going.

Another aspect of this paper is that having a  stronger online partner can help motivate the other.

Aerobic Exercise Is Promoted when Individual Performance Affects the Group: A Test of the Kohler Motivation Gain Effect B Irwin Annals of Behavioral Medicine Volume 17 / 1995 – Volume 43 / 2012   Link to paper  Link to article.


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