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Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Christophe Delavoye jumps rope at 24-Hour Fitness in Provo, which conducted a survey on working out with a partner.

PROVO — Peer pressure has developed a negative connotation, but in Brian Hall's view the social behavior is not without its perks.

"If used correctly, it can be a really positive thing," said the seasoned 24-Hour Fitness trainer.

A little goading can inspire a person to do a lot of things — return the toilet seat to its natural, supine position, for example.

Or, as a recent fitness study revealed, stick to his or her fitness routine — perhaps the routine you developed nearly two months ago when you made your New Year's resolutions.

24-Hour Fitness completed its Benefits of Partner Workouts study and found 74 percent of all surveyed people choose to work out with a partner for motivation. The study also found that two-thirds of the survey respondents said they are more likely to stick to their routine if someone else is going with them.

Hall, a fitness trainer at the Provo gym for six years, said the study's results made sense based on his personal experience.

"Generally, if you're able to have a buddy or a partner, you tend to stay to your fitness program," he said. "It'll help (people) reach a higher level of success than if they go it alone."

Sometimes, motivation isn't enough. For some fitness buffs like Payson residents Quinten Schroemges and Kyle Coller, competition is the name of the game.

"I'm stronger," Schroemges said as he nudged an elbow toward Coller outside Gold's Gym in Orem on Friday. "So I push him."

For Coller, it's important to have someone looking out for him when he's bench-pressing enough metal to make a small car.

"I like the way he spots," he said, referring to Schroemges. "I can trust him."

The study also found that 33 percent of men and 32 percent of women named music artist and silver screen superstar Will Smith as their dream work-out buddy. Schroemges concurred.

"He's ripped," he said. "Haven't you seen 'I Am Legend'? He'd probably push you."

Being a good workout buddy is just as important as having a good workout buddy. He suggested setting up a fixed time to get in the habit as opposed to just going when you have time.

"It can't be 'I'll call you when I get done with school,'" he said.

And being ditched by a buddy is no excuse to skip out of workout time, he added.

"If you're serious about the routine ... you're still motivated even when your partner's not there," he said.

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