Training With a Friend: Yes or No?



Sensibly Solo

No Shows: There’s nothing quite as draining as waiting around for someone to turn up for a training session, especially for someone who’s only just managing to squeeze their workout into a jammed schedule. The frustration of a no-show is anything but motivating. Go solo, and you avoid the pain.

Self Starters: There are those among us who are able to produce incredible amounts of training intensity by means of nothing more than their own desire. For them, a training partner might be nothing but an annoying inconvenience. If you’re one of these people, going solo is the logical choice.

Opposing Views: Finding a partner who has the same training goals is not as easy as it sounds. Unless you’ve got similar areas of physical need, the same intensity and matching fitness targets, you are likely going to end up in frustration-ville. Going solo could be a lot less hassle.

Distractors: When you’re on your own, it’s easier to get your focus on. With a friend at your side, however, it’s much easier to get side-tracked. Maybe they want to tell you about last night’s game or direct your attention to the hottie on the exercycle. Whatever it is, it won’t be good for your workout.

The Bottom Line

So, what’s the verdict? Should you remain solo or team up to train? It’s critical to determine whether you’re a self-motivator or a person who thrives on external motivation. If you’re able to summon up super-human energy on your own, by all means go solo. But if you know deep down you’re not, you should seriously consider a partner. Just be selective – the wrong partner will be worse than no partner at all.

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