Training Partners: Why you need them!
Want to take your lifting to another level? Find some awesome training partners.
Good training partners are invaluable for a number of reasons. They will keep you accountable, hey man where you at we started squatting at 6pm. They will push you when you are being a wuss, cmon mate get those last few reps the bar is moving fine! They will pull your head in when you need it, don’t go for that new PR today your last rep looked like shit.
Outside of this they will make training fun, pick you up on down days and share your wins on the good days. A good crew is ultimately a group of mates who get it done. They are happy to have the hard conversations, because in the long run they know it’s better for you. This is important – you don’t want a bunch of yes-men, you want people who will provide constructive criticism.
You will likely have to go through a few training partners to find a person or three that you gel with. Not everyone will share the same vision / direction / motivation as you. That’s fine. Here’s a hint – the serious lifters are usually at real gyms like Black Flag Barbell Club. Not all of them, there are plenty of people who train incredibly hard in commercial gyms. But if you’re looking for likeminded lifters, seek out facilities that cater to them.
Now having said all this, realise that a good training partner/crew relationship is a two way street. You don’t come in and just take, you have to give back. This means spotting, providing feedback, being there for training when your crew expects you to show up. This means supporting the crew at meets if you aren’t competing – share the wins, share the sorrows.
If you want to see what it’s all about, come see us at Unit 14, 44 Carrington Road in Castle Hill.