Oct 082012
 
training with a friend
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training with a friend

If you’re like me, who used to be a loner for some time in his life, you’ll most likely feel that you don’t need a training partner.

Before, I felt that training should be done alone, and that all the great people, such as Bruce Lee had trained alone without any training partners.

However I was wrong and that no matter how great you are, you can always benefit from a training partner. As I learned, Bruce and a lot of martial artists and body builders out there all had training partners.

And not only is there training partner there for you to help each other out in workouts but for a number of good reasons as well. And there are the reasons:

Safety

Primarily, the reason for having a training partner is to have safety when lifting weights. If you have an experienced training partner, he/she can give you advice on how you should be doing each  exercise.

He/she can take turns with you while you lift and you can time each other’s resting time as well making your workout sessions a safer and more productive experience.

Via way of spotting when you’re lifting weights and being there when the weight is too much for you to handle, both of you can keep each other safe from potential injuries at the gym.

Motivation

Having a training partner will motivate you to go to the gym even though you don’t feel like it.

Back in college, I trained with a friend at the gym every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There are times when he was the one who felt like not going to the gym, and there were times when I felt  like not going to the gym.

But during those times, we still motivated each other to go to the gym, thus sticking to the workout plan (however my program was not that effective at that time).

Growth

When you train with someone, you tend to get to get results faster. Not only does a training partner help spot you when you are lifting weights that you barely can handle (which eventually helps you overcome a plateau), but a training partner will also breed a bit of competition, thus adding a bit of spice and motivation as well.

Growth, as a factor, is also in a sense in developing interpersonal relationship skills.

Winning friends can also be done at the gym instead of the other way around.

Empowerment

Like what I said in the previous reason, having a training partner will breed a bit of competition whether you like it or not, especially if you’re both almost at the same level of fitness.

Whether you like it or not, our brain is wired not to always use our muscle’s full potential unless it can see an immediate goal ahead. Hence, practice games in basketball are best played with teams and with scoring, so the players can always give it there all.

Similar with the practice games, having a training partner could give your brain a more concrete reason to do your best.

Honestly speaking, whenever I am training with someone, I always feel like I have the duty to show  him/her how each of the exercises have to be done in proper form, hence I perform extra well and the feel better about myself in the process.

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