We people use so many different muscle building supplements which enhances our performance in gym and help us build more muscles. But have you ever thought that a perfect gym partner could be much better than all these supplements, could help you build more muscle than any of these supplements. I am not saying that don’t use these supplements, they are made to work but don’t miss the best muscle builder – Your “Gym Partner”.
Both (gym partners) helps each other in many ways like performing forced reps for higher intensity training, prevent any kind of accidents by helping in workout, motivation and many more things which are a must have things for a perfect workout. Below I am listing some points about why and what kind of gym partner you could have.
1) Similar Thoughts
Two gym partners with similar thoughts has many advantages, like if both of them love to train hardcore then training sessions become really enjoyable as both of them perform workout in a hardcore style. In the same way, some other combinations of gym partner are possible like 2 people with stamina focused training or general fitness focused training etc.
Great examples of gym partners with similar thoughts are Branch warren and Jonnie Jackson training together at metroflex gym, USA. These guys are bodybuilders (IFBB Pro) with mentality of super hardcore training, they train like crazy, motivate each other, try every possible technique to push their intensity level even higher.
2) 6th sense
6th senses refers to the ability of identifying, when your partner needs support before he/she actually need support. Giving support is an art, you can learn it by spending some time in gym and helping out people by providing support. Just imagine the situation when you are curling the dumbbell and you get an internal feeling that next repetition need support but the difficult lift didn’t allowed you to inform your partner to help you for next lift but the magic is he/she knows you need support in this lift and automatically helps you, that’s called 6th sense but it takes time to get this understanding between gym partners.
I remember a personal experience of mine, 6 month after joining gym, my coach told me to give support to a guy who was doing bench press twice the weight that I would lift that time, I was little scared in supporting him, and yes I didn’t helped him in correct way. So yes, it takes time to learn.
3) Provide motivation
Motivation is a big factor in gym. Believe me, if you lift 6 repetitions on your own then an extra ordinary motivation can help you lift 2 to 3 more repetition SELF (don’t forget the safety). Now question arises – Who will provide this motivation? The answer is simple – Your gym partner. Motivation really helps to raise intensity level of your workout, don’t miss this ingredient in your recipe.
4) Always on time
When you are heading to gym, tons of thoughts come in mind like today I am going to lift that much weight, going to lift that dumbbell etc (when you really like to go). But when you reach gym and your partner is shortly arriving, you wait for few minutes, still he didn’t came, now all that energy and focus which you came with in gym is demolished and then you see, your partner is entering gym explaining some silly excuse. This situation simply kills your workout.
Solutions are – Simply choose a partner who come on time, simply fix a time like 5.00 pm and reach at that time and if your partner didn’t reach the gym within 5 to 10 minutes then you start your workout, if he comes late, that’s his penalty, not yours. Also communicate with each other if there is any change in time as you already know whether your partner is coming late or not going to come, this keeps your mood on…
5) Matching strength
Consider your partner can bench up to 50 kg and you have the strength of lifting more than 100 kg, In this situation, you have to unload 50 kg every time so your partner can perform a set, this loading and unloading weights itself become an exercise which is unwanted. So choosing a partner whose strength matches yours, will be a smarter idea.
Age and gender are two more factors which should be kept in mind, like if you compare girls strength with boys, girls will definitely lift much lighter weights, so its better that boys trains with boys and vice versa. Age factor is also important while choosing your gym partner, prefer people with same age group as they have similar social, professional and personal life which helps to understand each others problems, also workout vary for different age groups.
6) Matching goals
Similar goals causes your workout to be similar and both of you can help each other in workout. Goals like fat loss, muscle gain etc. If your goal is fat loss then prefer a partner who is also performing fat loss, this really makes things easier for both of you as your workout is quite similar like both will be performing high repetition, performing cardio etc.
7) Point outs you when you are wrong
When you are performing an exercise, you can’t judge yourself every time whether you are doing it right or wrong, lets take example of bench press, While performing this movement, you can’t judge the angles and movements but your partner can find it easily whether you are going wrong or right.
If your gym partner is knowledgeable then it really helps in your workout, you can make your workout better with his help, you might be more knowledgeable than him but as we discussed in above point, you can’t judge yourself all the time, so if the person judging you have proper knowledge then he/she can judge your mistakes much better.
9) Chatterbox distraction
Try to avoid people who are chatterbox (person who talks constantly). These people create big distraction from your workout, let’s talk only meaningful in gym. Sometimes you choose a gym partner who is your friend or classmate, then both of them have tons of things related to college or other friends to share, but the place chosen is wrong, try to avoid this situation.
10) People who are always busy
These people always have mobile phone in their pocket which rings after every 5 minute and the call continues for 5 minutes, or someone comes in gym to meet them. Imagine them as your gym partner, so keep these kind of people away from yourself.
If you want to do good in gym then you need a good gym partner, We people are social human being so getting a gym partner will not be that difficult, so if you don’t have one, get one today.
To get a good gym partner, become one of them.