Sunday, 26 January 2014

Do you need a training partner?

Question: is training with someone a necessity? Can you achieve your goals whilst training alone?

Both question's have the same answer. It all depends on the type of person you are.

Read on and watch the short video of me speaking on this question.

If you are the type of person who is happy to train alone then you don't "need" a training partner. But what does training alone mean?

1. You have to be your own source of motivation
On that last rep, you are the one who has to motivate yourself. On those session when you can't really be bothered; you won't have someone else's energy to top yours up with. 

2. One day you will need a spot! Training alone means asking someone for a spot. You may not know or trust that person. That person may not even know how to spot properly. It is more of a risk to your goals and your health and safety to have a random from the gym spot you. But that said you may train in a gym with people who also train alone and know how to spot!

3. Training with someone can help you stick to your training schedule 
No one likes letting their mates down, therefore you are less likely to cancel on your session. More likely to go to the gym even when you aren't as motivated as you usually are. Even if you are one of the few people who don't mind letting their friends down. it is more than likely your friend will try and push you to come. That emotional blackmailing may be the little push that helps you train and keep those gains coming!

Therefore, if you are starting out in the gym and want to have fun, consistent and safe sessions... Get a training partner!  

A friend will help you be safe and encourage/inspire you.

You need a spot- get a friend

You need motivation- get a friend

You need someone to kick your arse out of bed- get a friend.

Seriously, having a gym buddy can help you achieve your goals quicker, but choose wisely...

It might not be helpful to go with your friend who has been training for years and can lift a truck and fight a bear. Especially, if you're only just beginning your fitness journey, their dedication and strength maybe too intimidating. OR you may hold him back which could lead to an awkward break up in the sauna

"mate i think we should train with other people for a while..."
"but why we are going so well together...*tears*"
"dude are you crying..."
"no..*wipes eyes* its the steam..."

That said, don't train with someone who equally doesn't know what they are doing... this could lead to 'the blind leading the blind'.

So... Do you like to train with someone or train 
Comment below!

So good luck on your fitness journey. Enjoy every step of this amazing life!

I always say the Three Cs of life are choice, chance and change; YOU have to make the choice to take the chance, if you want anything to change.

Antoine Allen

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