If are a social person and a somewhat experienced lifter then you know how important having a lifting buddy can be. Not only does this strategy allow you to socialize with your friend(s) but it is a huge boost in moral when trying to pump out those reps.
Lifting partners help keep you focused yet entertained which makes lifting more fun, and assuming you like to have fun this will help make lifting an easier habit to keep up. The mental boost from having a lifting partner is similar or better to listening to good music or taking a pre-workout supplement. From personal experience, not having a lifting partner can be the difference between a quality workout to an intense and sensational workout.
Great for Off-Season Work
If you’re a competitive athlete like myself than adjusting to a workout schedule where you aren’t surrounded by teammates can be difficult. Difficult to get yourself motivated; however, even if your partner is a friend, it is easy to compete with them to have a more focused lifting workout. I am always consciously or sub-consciously related my lifts to my lifting buddy to gauge where I should be at in terms of strength.
Having friends with you to lift weights or exercise in general is such a great boost for your psychological needs. Even if you’re a lone wolf who thinks they can master the art form of getting jacked, let me just say that you could be even more so if you kept some friends long enough to workout with you. Famous physical training experts such as Tudor Bompa have mentioned for years about the effects of high-intensity training on an athlete’s psychological well-being. If you workout for too long, then you’re bound to become burned out.
Safety in Numbers
Another obvious benefit to having a lifting partner is to have a spotter. When using free weights, which by the way is a good idea, having a spotter is essential and potentially life-saving. Why risk having the barbell come down on your face breaking your nose when you could have simply asked a friend to come with you? It just makes sense to bring someone along.
If you really care about your friends then you should convince them to lift weights. It’s very good for your health and who doesn’t want healthy friends? What’s the commonly said phrase…”Friends don’t let friends skip leg days”? When I started lifting with a few of my friends it let us have more in common and something else to talk about.
You can get a better workout and better results by having a lifting partner. It makes the mental and even physical aspects of lifting much easier to deal with. If you’re a new lifter it means an easier adjustment to make lifting habitual. The only goal of this article is to push you towards better strength and muscle development through other means besides the real workout routine or nutrition. Sometimes the psychological aspect has to be addressed.
Find a friend, find a stranger, it doesn’t matter just do it and start seeing the benefits!
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