How to Make Fitness Dates with Friends

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I would venture to say 75% of my plans with friends involve some form of working out or exercising. Most of the time food or drinks or coffee are thrown in there afterwards, but we’re always getting some sort of activity in. From yoga to SoulCycle to runs to hiking… I basically don’t know what people do for fun with their friends that don’t involve being active. (Okay, I do know – it involves food or drinks or getting your nails done or shopping because I do those things, too.)

Last Friday Gabby invited me to the Friday Night Social at Sweat Republic and told me to invite friends… which I did! I’m so thankful that I had friends already living in SF before I moved here… and even more excited that some of my friends (hi, Emily) will be West Coasters this week! As I mentioned before, my friend Sam introduced me to Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh and she’s always down for a good fitness date so I asked her to come along.

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The best way to spend a Friday evening – Fitness Dates with Friends!

The theme for this past week’s Friday Night Social was yoga and astrology. I’m super into astrology, as in I like reading about things about my sign because I like having excuses to back up my personality flaws traits: crippling self-doubt, indecisive, lazy about things I don’t care about. We started class learning a little bit about each type of sign – wind, earth, fire and air – and then throughout class, Jessica, the instructor, told us which poses are good for which signs. Apparently I should be doing more rabbit pose and obviously, fish.

Afterwards we had raw juice and snacks from the new Union Street juice bar, Urban Remedy. Local fitness brand Akrovita was there selling their super cute line as well.

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You can drink juice shots after your workout date… or regular shots, but then you’ll need a green juice for the morning.

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Loving these bright juices from Urban Remedy!

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Workout gear from Akrovita.

Tips for Making Fitness Dates with Friends

  • Pick a class you’ve never been to before.
    If your friend may not be disposed to going on a fitness date, try a class you’ve both never been to before. Sometimes new classes are scary but when you’re both bopping around like geeks you can’t help but laugh. My first friend “date” with Erin was actually at a barre studio nether of us had been to before!
  • Trade after work happy hour for an after work run.
    When we both still lived in Pittsburgh, Emily and I would run 5-6 miles after work every Tuesday. Sometimes our friends Lesley and Sangam would join us. Even though we weren’t fans of after-work workouts, it was so nice to stretch our legs after sitting all day and bitch about work. (#sorryimnotsorry)
  • Turn your coffee date into a walk and talk.
    Why sit at a coffee shop when you can walk around the neighborhood, being all Taylor Swift with your coffee cups in hand? You can pop into little shops, burn some cals and get some vitamin D. Don’t use “it’s too cold out” to walk and talk as an excuse. A and I would go for a walk every day when I was home and it was like 10 degrees out. And I live in California and am not accustomed to the cold. Not an excuse unless the windchill are negative. Just bundle up.
  • Spend a weekend day doing an outdoor sport.
    Go hiking! Go kayaking! Go stand-up paddle boarding! The possibilities are endless. Then you can feel less guilty if you indulge in a glass (or two!) of wine or ice cream afterwards. I usually do both. Whoops.
  • Go to a special event.
    Studios are always having social events. Go to them! They are super fun. Don’t be afraid that you won’t know anyone there. I’ve done yoga on the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh with Emily and Lesley and went to special yoga classes like candlelight yoga with Angela in Pittsburgh
  • Do a challenge together.
    I have always wanted to do a 30 days challenge. I actually did one at Pure Barre in Pittsburgh and if my wallet could handle dishing out $600 for SoulCycle a month, I would do the challenge the Palo Alto & Union St. studios are doing in March. You can do prAna’s 30 Days of Yoga challenge FO’ FREE at home. Grab a friend and challenge each other to go to class together once or twice a week and Snapchat some photos of you crowing it up at home on days you don’t go to class.

Like my outfit in this post? I’m wearing the Piper Top and Gabi Legging c/o prAna. You can save 15% off any prAna gear and twin it up with me by entering code psps15AGIT at checkout! I keep getting TONS of complements on these pants so you should definitely snap up a pair.

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Unboxing the cute gear prAna sent me… candid while testing lightening shot by A.

I was compensated by prAna for this post but all opinions are my own.

Chat with me:
Do you go on fitness dates with your friends? What is your favorite way to workout with your friends? Have you ever done a fitness challenge?

38 comments on “How to Make Fitness Dates with Friends

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Tina muir on February 23, 2015 6:44 am

Yay! This is wonderful! So happy for you, Gabby seems lovely :) i may still need these tips/….I have a few friends, but not really a group yet, so I need to work on it, and these would help a lot. So funny we were talking about this a few weeks ago, and now you are putting it into practice :)
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:54 am

Gabby is so great!!

Making friends as an adult is HARD. Definitely agree!!!

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Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness on February 23, 2015 7:37 am

I love, love the astrology idea!!! It must have been so spiritual and magical! I find that I enjoy it the most when I try new classes, the laughs from all the awkward moves are just so great! ;)
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:54 am

Yes, being able to laugh together is KEY!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on February 23, 2015 8:43 am

I’ve been loving my run dates with Erica and the ladies every Saturday. I really hope that I get to stay a part of them after the marathon!

Also, add brunch to the deal. Works every time!
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:53 am

Running + brunch = <3

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Amanda @ queenofthelandoftwigsnberries on February 23, 2015 9:12 am

These are great ideas. Would you mind if I linked to it for a post I am doing in my Workouts for Busy Moms series? The article with your link would go live next Saturday morning.

Thanks–
Amanda
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Cassie on February 23, 2015 9:32 am

Of course!! Link away! :)

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Amanda @ queenofthelandoftwigsnberries on February 27, 2015 6:15 pm

FYI, my post goes live 2/28 at 5 am CST. Thanks!
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Kristy as Giftie Etcetera on February 23, 2015 9:23 am

Working out with friends is the only thing that consistently gets me motivated. It makes me show up!
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:53 am

Totally agree!!

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Victoria on February 23, 2015 9:26 am

Every week I look forward to Saturday, and not to sleep in but to get up early and run with a great friend of mine. We chat the entire run. I haven’t gotten her to try many new classes with me (she likes to stick to just running) but we do do a race together at least once a year and have a blast doing it.
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:52 am

That is so fun!! Running with friends is the best way to catch up and forget you’re running :)

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Sarah @pickyrunner on February 23, 2015 9:50 am

I love doing active things with friends. Most of my friends in Baltimore I met through November Project so I’m guaranteed a running date every Wednesday and Friday… and sometimes more. A lot of my non-running friends aren’t as into fitness as I am so unfortunately I can’t always convince them to work out with me, but they’re usually down for a walk along the water. And of course I’m dating someone who is as fanatic as I am about working out so bike dates are in our near future. It’s more fun to be active with the people you love- food is great, but sweating together is even better :)

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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:52 am

I seriously NEED to try November Project SF!!!

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on February 23, 2015 10:00 am

Yes. I think my life is now fitness dates. I went with you to SoulCycle, another friend wants to do Barre by my house. It makes me feel a little better about my life to have so many friends who enjoy working out. :)
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:52 am

Same… I don’t know if I could be friends with someone who didn’t at this point. Is that awful to say?

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 23, 2015 10:22 am

I need to do more friend workout dates! I used to do it all the time but haven’t in a while!
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:51 am

They are definitely a great way to “kill two birds with one stone”

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Brooke @ Silver LIning on February 23, 2015 11:50 am

Seriously working out with friends makes such a difference! The motivation is so much easier for me when someone else is involved. And I love those cute workout clothes!

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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:51 am

Totally agree!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 23, 2015 12:05 pm

Well you know I agree with all points in this one! LOVE fitness dates. :)
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:50 am

I think you could write a book on it ;) We’ll have to have a fitness date soon!!!

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Carly @ Musings of a Wanderer on February 23, 2015 2:30 pm

This is so inspirational! I have been thinking a lot about starting to work out again and this post came at a great time! I’m totally going to grab my girlfriends and start working out more!

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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:49 am

Awwww thank you! This post made my day!

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Diane @ Vintage Zest on February 23, 2015 2:44 pm

I love this! The best I’ve done so far is getting them out of the coffeeshops to instead walk around and shop on our meet-ups. This might be a little easier on my wallet!
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:49 am

Haha yes, a little less chance of impulse purchases ;)

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Nina Reed on February 23, 2015 4:14 pm

I have a weekly yoga date night with one of my girl friends, and my pole and aerial classes are like one giant friend group workout since you get to know everyone in class closely after a while :) I need Akrovita to come to Colorado for an event like this – I bought a pair of their leggings last month and have been living in them ever since!

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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:49 am

That’s so cool you bought their leggings… they are soooo cute!

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ganeeban on February 23, 2015 4:59 pm

I love fitness dates with friends, probably about as much as I love HH dates with friends. I think a Sunday sweat session followed by brunch is the best thing my friends and I have ever come up with :) xoxo, ganeeban
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:48 am

Yes, agreed – that’s my favorite type of day!

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on February 23, 2015 9:37 pm

I’m a huge fan of fitness friend dates too! That’s what I love about our blogging community – you can always find local blog friends to do stuff with you. This past weekend, a few of us Calgary bloggers went to Bodypump!
Then, LOTS OF WINE. But I didn’t go to that part. :(
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:48 am

Can I move to Alberta and do body pump and drink wine???

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Farrah on February 23, 2015 10:12 pm

Fitness dates are the best! :D Whenever I go back home to visit, we usually meet up either to make food or for some kind of fitness-related awesomeness! :]!
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:48 am

Making food is another great friend date!

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on February 25, 2015 11:56 pm

I’m with you, I feel like most of my girlfriend get togethers are active dates too…and I love it! We usually will go for a hike, get smoothies and go for a walk along the beach, head to a fitness event or try out a new class. It’s great because I’m getting my workout in while also spending time with friends.
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:19 am

Love the idea of walking along the beach, too!

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