Don’t be surprised if veteran gym goers tell you that the best way to train is with a partner. For the most part, there’s a lot of merit to what they’re saying. Having a training partner opens up new opportunities for you to stay accountable and to push yourself to the next level. You may be wondering, if that’s the case...why doesn’t everyone have a training partner? Well, it can be difficult to find someone who’s just as willing to stick to their fitness goals, much like you are, and have a similar schedule.
Needless to say, if you are able to find someone who can train with you consistently, it can be insanely beneficial to the both of you! Here are just a few benefits you can both get out of having a training partner.
It holds you accountable
By having a training partner, you have both committed to showing up at the gym at a certain date and time in order to get your workout done. Your gym partner is counting on you to be there, and vice versa. This puts positive pressure on you to not skip out on the gym, which is good for the both of you overall. Think of it as a support system in which you both need to participate in in order for it to work.
It can help push you to the next level
Having a training partner allows you to truly push yourself beyond your limits in your workouts, without risking injury. After all, this is one of the greatest fears most of us have when we’re training near failure. In order for this to work, you’ll need to be a supportive training partner who is always looking out for the health and well-being of your training partner. That means you’ll need to be paying close attention when they’re pushing themselves beyond failure on the bench press!
When working out alone, we often find ways to motivate ourselves. Whether it be through self-talk, music, or any other kind of strange ritual, it can be difficult to summon superhuman strength at times if we’re not mentally or physically there. That’s where having a training partner is especially useful. Training partners are great motivators when it comes to squeezing out that last rep. They’re there to uplift you any way they can, and you should be working to return the favor.
These are just a few ways in which you can benefit by having a training partner. If you’re able to find someone who’s willing to share the same workouts, time, and experience in the gym, know that you’ve certainly found something special. Not only is it beneficial for you physically, but it can be mentally beneficial as well. Spending time with good company can help take the edge off, and make working out a more fun and entertaining experience. I highly recommend you find a training partner if you’re able to do so!