If you ever feel that you can’t get through a strenuous workout without someone pushing you, or that you couldn't push out that extra rep out of fear of dropping the weight on yourself, maybe a training partner is the best option. Choosing a training partner isn’t a complex process. They can be of either sex, weight, and from a wide range of ages. The only common factor is motivation.
Tips for Looking For a Training Partner
When looking for a training partner, consider the following in prospective candidates:
Reliability. Choose someone that can turn up consistently on time and who doesn’t take long periods off training.
Trustworthy. Choose someone that is as focussed on the workout as you are, to ensure that you can safely push out that extra final rep.
Motivation. Choose someone who is as motivated as you are. Chances are, someone who is lagging in this department will hold you back.
Knowledge. Choose someone with a level of knowledge that won’t hold you back with your training with respect to spotting, and training. If their level of knowledge is less than your’s, consider educating them in this area if it suits you. If your training partner is equally knowledgeable, this will be a great match which will permit you to be able to constantly change your workouts to enhance the stimulus on your muscles.
Goals. You don’t necessarily have to share the exact same goals as your training partner. As long as they share a common motivation, this shouldn’t be a negative factor. The main reason a training partner is there is to motivate you and provide assistance with your workouts.
Age. The age between two training partners can differ. Whilst the weights may be different between the two, each can push the other when needed. An example may include a parent with their child.
Gender. Your training partner doesn’t have to share the same sex as you. For example a husband and wife may train together. Women can still spot men, to an extent, top force out the last rep.
Get a Training Partner to Progress
Finding the right training partner is not as hard as it may initially seem. An ideal training partner doesn’t even have to necessarily share the same gender, age or goals. All that’s needed is a common sense of motivation, trustworthiness and reliability, then you are both on your way to achieving your own training goals.