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Find An Exercise Partner

Author: Stan Reents, PharmD
Original Posting: 05/01/2008 08:11 AM
Last Revision: 12/10/2018 07:45 AM

Are you looking for someone to work out with?  If so, then this review is for you....


Is there anything that the Internet can't provide?  Online resources seem endless.

And so it is for using the Internet to find a workout partner.  Here are several web sites that we are aware of:

• AthLinks (  There's a lot of "connecting" going on here.  This site appears to cater to serious runners.  As of May 1, 2008, this Phoenix-based site boasts over 35,000 members and nearly 16 million "athletes".  This site was started in February 2005 and was originally called  It was re-launched in October 2006 under the present name.  Users can post their own personal profile and summarize their race results.  The site states that over 1 million race results are added into the database every month.  In addition, there is an extensive library of links and manufacturer groups.  One really unique aspect of this site is the "Know Your Rivals" feature.  Here, the web site matches your race results against anyone you have raced against at least 3 times.

• Exercise Friends ( This site resembles an online dating service, but the premise is on finding someone to exercise with.  Users can post their profile and their interests.  The site has a versatile search engine.  Non-members can browse member profiles, but can't contact them.

• Fit Link ( Fit Link is a web site launched by Katherine Cruden, a NYC personal trainer and a Radio City Rockette.  In addition to connecting workout partners, the site allows users to track their workouts, swap ideas, share jogging routes, and locate gyms.  In the "Resources" area of the web site is a library of full-color images illustrating proper technic for many exercises.  Users receive a gold star on their calendar each time they work out.  This not only serves as a visible reward, but also motivates others.

Several sites appear to be more focused on dating than on exercising:


Considering the vast number of web sites on the Internet, certainly, more sites like this exist.  But, if you are looking for someone to work out with, that should get you started!


Stan Reents, PharmD, is available to speak on this and many other exercise-related topics. (Here is a downloadable recording of one of his Health Talks.) He also provides a one-on-one Health Coaching Service. Contact him through the Contact Us page.


Stan Reents, PharmD, is a former healthcare professional. He is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In the past, he has been certified as a Health Fitness Specialist by ACSM, as a Certified Health Coach by ACE, as a Personal Trainer by ACE, and as a tennis coach by USTA. He is the author of Sport and Exercise Pharmacology (published by Human Kinetics) and has written for Runner's World magazine, Senior Softball USA, Training and Conditioning and other fitness publications.

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