Pros and Cons of Workout Buddies

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    Aug 09, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    Some people like them. Some don't. Some are versatile.
    Personally, I'm versatile, as in I can workout just the same with or without a workout buddy.

    From what I've experienced so far...
    - Good to have around in case something goes wrong.
    - Fun to talk to between sets.
    - Good to exchange ideas and learn from each other.
    - Someone to push you to do that last rep, and spot you if you can't.
    - Allows for a wider variety of stretches that cannot be done alone.
    - A little eye candy never hurt anyone.

    - Untrained spotters are potentially more dangerous than no spotter at all.
    - Being too talkative can be counterproductive.
    - Being too competitive can cause injury and/or arguments.
    - Some people do not like being corrected when using improper techniques.
    - Can get in the way if they're not experienced.
    - Eye candy can be a distraction for some people.

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    Edit: Oops, shouda put this in the fitness forum. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 09, 2010 8:12 PM GMT
    I'm definitely go it alone. There is always someone around to spot just by asking. What I have noticed over the past year is that the young guys who workout with a buddy or two have not really developed at all, they spend a lot of time talking and/or posing and look much as they did last year which is basically nothing. There are a couple of young guys who like me always work out by themselves, ask for help if needed and they have very noitceable gains. They're very focused whereas the buddy boys just aren't. That's been my observation
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    Aug 09, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    Personally I find it better having a workout buddy. Especially one that's in better shape or stronger then me. Not only is it good eye candy, but I believe it taps into the primordial sense of competition we have. I am more prompted to use heavier weights and do more reps in each set to show that I am just as strong if not stronger then the guy I'm working out with.

    I know this may seem kind of juvenile but I believe its beneficial because my workouts are more intense then when I workout alone.

    Though if there is a down side to a workout buddy, if the gym is crowded and we have to share equipment. My workouts will last 45min-1hr longer.
  • drypin

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    Aug 09, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    One workout a week is with a workout buddy, so I get to enjoy the benefits without worrying about most of the disadvantages. Yes, workouts take longer when there are two of you and you're spotting each other. But if I ask a stranger to spot me, I usually return the favor, so I don't save much time that way, either. The best part is, when we aren't together, we each work out with a (different) personal trainer, so we get the advantage of twice as many tips. Of course, I occasionally have to ask my trainer to make sure something isn't contradictory.