Everyone knows that when going to the gym, having a partner can either make you lazy or make you work harder. It’s someone there that can spot you, someone to compete against and someone to generally push you that little bit harder. Sometimes this is not the case though, everyone has probably been put in that position where your partner is being lazy taking ages between sets and usually it rubs off on yourself, and for that one session, being ‘lazy’ results in not benefiting fully from that session. I’m in-between, sometimes I like being with a partner and sometimes I like my headphones and just keeping my head down. So know we have established that partners have their advantages and disadvantages why is choosing the right person key?
Choose someone with the same goals. What is the point of going with someone trying to lose weight while you’re trying to gain muscle? This means that you can share your knowledge with one and other. Knowledge is power. With two minds going together to complete one task be that gaining muscle or losing weight, you will make less mistakes meaning you will get there quicker and more efficiently.
Secondly, you need to find someone at the same level as you. I have been burdened time and time again with my friends asking me to help them. Now I don’t mind helping out but it kills my work out because of the constant questions or even if they join I don’t feel that push to lift more weight. If you want help in the gym hire a personal trainer. That’s what they are there for. So for example I go with my friend Aaron. We are both at about the same strength and we push each other time and time again, if I put and extra 2.5kg on he’ll put an extra 5kg on. If I get 1 more rep he’ll go for 2 more. After we leave like we have been hit by a car, have a high five and say it was an ace workout. THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT. You want that competition, you want to feel if you don’t go for a while you may get left behind, it gives you that drive to go even if you are tired.
Thirdly and lastly, you want someone with the same mind set as you. We all know what it’s like to get bailed on. Not nice. If your partner is not driven and focused you’re not going to be either. There is a good saying that is, your personality is comprised of the five people you hang around with the most – so make sure those five are not lazy! If you start going to the gym for 2 hours a day, 5 times a week with someone who is not driven, it will eventually rub off on you.
So, why is choosing the right person key? Choosing the right person is key, because it will determine how successful you will be at the gym or just working out in general. We can push ourselves harder, we can reach the same goals together and we can help each other out. Partners also help decrease rest times, if you are ready to work as soon as they have finished their set you will be pushing your muscles to the max! Choose wisely people, that person you decide to workout with may determine where you end up!