5 Reasons to Get a Training Partner
We exercise to stay fit or lose weight or for competing at some professional level. But there are times in all the athletes’ life when not working out seems to be the most viable option. Don’t you agree with me?
Humans as a social animal tend to under perform sometimes when working alone. As a group or with a suitable partner the levels of productivity increases manifold. So, to achieve desired physical goals, a training partner or partners is a must.
Yes, a training partner/s will kick you, cajole you, beg you or bribe you whenever you don’t feel like moving out of the front door. The give and take relationship of training partners help each other grow in the sport. The benefits are –
1. It’s social and fun
It’s fun to have somebody known around while working out. Also, it’s boring to work out alone especially on bad or low energy days. A social activity always tends to bring out the best in a person. And having fun while running, cycling or pumping iron can really push up your performance.
There’s no denying to the fact that most of the injuries occurring in the gym or elsewhere is because of no or improper spotting while lifting heavy weights or doing other exercises. A training partner can point out your mistakes in your form and technique and prevent injury.
I, more often than not, run alone because I like that ‘me’ time. However, while working out in solitude, I tend to, sometimes, cut corners. Then there are days when I don’t feel like sweating out or am eating all kind of nonsense. And more so, when I have hit a plateau. A training partner can solve your problems here by pushing you each and every day to strive for excellence.
The friendly rivalry between you and your training partner/s is going to make you perform better in the workouts. Pushing yourself for that extra rep or mile is going to benefit you a lot in achieving that PR.
It’s said that two heads are better than one. If you are new to some sport, an extra person and that too a old hand can bring in that knowledge that you, for so long, had wanted from reading that book or watching that fitness DVD.
So, you want to go an extra mile in your training but not getting there. It’s time for you to start looking for a suitable training partner. I have given below a checklist for qualities to look for in a training partner.
First and foremost is the compatibility factor. If the temperament and behavioral attributes do not match then working out together may not solve your purpose of getting better.
2. Similar or little better physical standard
Having a training partner of similar physical capabilities will save you a lot of anxiety issues. Also a partner with slightly better standard will help push your limits of endurance. If possible don’t pair up with people with lesser capabilities. Rude but you need to be selfish here.
Your partner needs to share your passion and vision about the training and hardwork you are willing to put out there. In case of mismatch, your pair’s going to fizzle out in no time.
4. Not in competition
I have seen some partners of male and female athletes or of different age groups or partners of same sport but in different events. Human by nature is selfish. He/she will never like to train with a person with whom he/she is going to compete. So, find some with whom you don’t have a competition.
5. Similar lifestyle
You both need to have a almost similar lifestyle. Almost same office timings, same off timings, same family conditions etc. This is important as similar nature of lives will lead to less disruptions in training routine.
Your partner should have tons of patience and a forgiving nature. Because when you want to chicken out of training sometimes or feel frustrated about work, life or not improving, then he/she can take your story patiently and coax you to get on with the training.
It’s high time for me to find a suitable training partner. Enough of these alone solo runs.
So, what do you think of the concept. Tell me do you train alone or with a partner? What do you look for in a training partner? If you feel the same as me then do share the post.
Till then stay fit and keep running.