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Working out alone certainly has its benefits and is sometimes necessary. It can be hard to find someone who has a similar schedule, training goals and fitness levels. Although, if you are lucky enough to find someone like that you’ve struck gold! Here are 7 reasons to get a training buddy:

COMPETITION
A bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone, actually it can be a great way to push each other beyond your own self limitations. Training by yourself can a battle within your mind, a training partner can help you fight those mind demons.

ACCOUNTABILITY
Consistency is the key to success and having someone holding you accountable helps you stay on track. There are going to be times when you can’t be bothered training, having a keen training partner can help you on those tough days. It can also work the other way, helping someone else can give you a burst of good feelings.

PROVIDE A “SPOT”
Pushing hard in the gym can take you to new levels of performance, however, it does come with its risks. Having a training partner to “spot” during heavy sets is a great way to stay safe. Having a spotter gives you a tonne of confidence knowing that if you fail someone will grab the bar for you, this may allow you to push out an extra rep or two. Having someone watch your movements is helpful too, as they may be able to provide some feedback on technique.

EFFICIENCY
Having a training partner can help you train with more efficiency. Instead of sitting on your phone in between sets you can alternate working sets and rest periods. This will allow you to get more work done in less time and it gives you more time for good banter after the session.

REGULAR ROUTINE
The difference between working out and training is routine. Workouts are done at random frequencies, training is set to a schedule i.e., upper body Monday/Thursday, lower body Tuesday/Friday. Having a training partner can help you stick to the routine. You’re more likely to stick to the routine if you’re training with someone. Skipping a session may make you feel guilty about not turning up and letting your partner down.

SUPPORT & MOTIVATION
Life can often get in the way of what you want to achieve at the gym. There are so many distractions that can take you off your journey. Having someone you can rely on to keep you on track is important. On those days when you can’t be bothered a simple “come on we are going to the gym” is all you need to at least go. Most times once you’re at the gym you’ll feel good after the warmup and end up having a great session. Starting is always the hard part, having someone give you a small push is usually all you need. You too should be the rock for your training partner when they are going through tough times.

YOU’LL HAVE MORE FUN
Training shouldn’t just be about getting better, you should also have fun while you’re doing it. Making your training sessions fun and enjoyable will help you change your mind set about training. Instead of seeing it as a chore you have to do, you start to see it as a bright spot in your day. This will help you stay on track and more consistent which in the long run will yield better results.

Not everyone needs a training partner but it’s definitely worth trying it out, even just once in a while. If your new to the gym it can be a great way to get into the routine of training. If you’re a veteran, it can help keep things fresh and exciting!