Can I get a place?
Bodybuilding is a serious commitment. Sometimes it can be difficult to find your way to the gym after a long day at work or school. But we do it anyway. It is as if a primordial gene takes us there. So there it is, the music ringing in his ears, the touch of cold, rough metal against the palm of his hand, and that heady combination of muscle pumps and cold sweat. It’s a feeling of acceleration and we’ve all been there. But, just because you’ve handled a bit of sweat in the well and some muscle pumps doesn’t mean you’re getting the most out of your workout.
If you go to the gym without a partner, you are already one step behind the competition. What competition? If you think you have no competition, either you ignore it or you are lying. That disappointing feeling that you’re not big or strong enough, that guy / girl lifting more than you for the squat rack, or those weights that will send your body into a humiliating shock if you dare to lift them. That is your competition.
The problem with not having a partner in the gym is that you don’t have a safety net. Let me explain; Let’s say your bench press is stuck at 225 pounds. No matter what your exercise regimen is or how much you train, you just can’t make that number go up. The problem is, you could be training harder. Going alone on the bench press leaves that fear of not being able to push that weight hard in the back of your mind. Don’t be that person who suffers the pain and shame of having that bar crushing your torso. By having a training partner, you can avoid this mistake and get those two extra reps or put on that weight an extra couple of pounds and feel confident knowing that someone has your back.
Don’t you have friends to lift? Go do some. The gym is the perfect place to make friends who share your passion for fitness. Look around you, observe the landscape. There are many people who train alone who would benefit as much as you from a training partner. Don’t let a person’s size or athleticism intimidate you. They both share the same goal, to improve themselves. So next time you’re in the gym, ask for a spot, maybe make a friend, and ultimately reap those benefits that have been hiding beneath the surface.