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Why a Training Partner is a Good Idea!

Posted in Medshield Lifestyle & Fitness   |   January 23rd, 2020

Train together, stay together! With your significant other, a coworker or friend, it doesn’t matter, the main thing is that you work out together! Working out on your own can be boring. Training with a partner is a lot more fun and provides many other benefits. Read on for tips from the #MedshieldMovement about why you should go to the gym with your best friend.

1. Accountability.

You need a gym partner who can go with you every day! If someone bails on you three days week, they will never make any progress and they’ll hinder yours. You need someone who will hold you accountable. You need someone who will get your rear in gear and get you to the gym when you really don’t want to. This back and forth accountability will make sure that you get to the gym and get some work done.

2. Dedication.

You need someone as dedicated to working out as you are. If they aren’t willing to push themselves, how can you trust them to push you? Being fit is a lifestyle; it happens inside and outside of the gym. You need someone to be there with you during workouts, but also to share meals with and help grow your knowledge. Someone who works out with you for two months and then takes three or four off before they decide it’s time to “get back in shape” is not a good training partner.

3. Motivation.

Motivation is probably the most important quality you need in a training partner. You need someone to push you harder than you went last week because very few people are capable of pushing themselves like that on their own. You need someone who knows you and knows what to say to get you going. Your body is capable of more than you think, and a motivating training partner can pull that strength out of you.

4. Knowledge.

It’s great to find a gym partner as smart as or smarter than you when it comes to weight training. There are a thousand ways to get stronger, but only someone with a trained eye can really pin down what works best for you. Working out with someone who knows a lot about training can be extremely beneficial. Picking up the small tips and tricks from a more experienced lifter will help your own training immensely. True training partners build off each other’s knowledge and constantly strive to grow smarter.

5. Have Similar Goals

It doesn’t do much good to have a partner that is looking to lose 50 pounds if you are a skinny person looking to pack on mass. Your training will be too different and you will have different motivation.

Consider getting yourself a training partner if you don’t have one. You will be helping out yourself and someone else with the motivation, determination and accountability to achieve the goals that you set out for.

If you want to succeed with your goals, find someone who wants to do the same thing or something similar so you will know how to push him or her to the max.

References:

M. (2012). ‘Working out’ for two: Performances of ‘fitness’ and femininity in Australian prenatal aerobics classes. Gender, Place and Culture, 19(4), 449–471. 10.1080/0966369X.2011.624589 [CrossRef] [Google Scholar]

Brown, J. D. (2014). Self-esteem and self-evaluation: Feeling is believing. In J. Suls (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on the self (pp. 27-58). New York, NY: Psychology Press. [Google Scholar]

European Health & Fitness Association. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.ehfa.eu.com/node/324

DISCLAIMER: The information on this blog post is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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