Gym buddy vs no gym buddy

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    May 23, 2014 8:30 AM GMT
    Hey guys!
    Well, I just wanted to ask you if you guys see any advantage in working out with someone or if you prefer to just do the whole thing alone. I've been working out by myself since the beginning and I think it'd be important for me to have someone togo to the gym with so I can get some extra motivation, help,etc.
    Were you in a similar situation? Having someone there with you had an actual effect in the way you worked out and helped you reach your goals? What is your opinion?
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    May 23, 2014 12:36 PM GMT
    I regularly go, and I go alone. It's my time for "me" and I'm not there to socialize. Also, for me, working out with another person makes the workout go twice as long and I'm a busy guy.

    The exception: Crossfit and any Group X. In these settings I find that working out with others is inspiring, encouraging, and socially fun. There are times when I'm dragging ass and somebody will encourage me forward, and there are times when I can return the favor.
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    May 23, 2014 1:58 PM GMT
    I always trained alone and wished for a gym buddy. Then I trained with a couple of visiting RJ guys and while it was a mutual learning experience you definitely get less done. HugeMuscleGeek taught me some good powerlifting moves and helped me break through a mental plateau proving I could push way more weight than I thought. That was good to shake things up but his high weight, high intensity moves were not something I'd incorporate into my light weight, high volume routine. Most guys don't like or get that kind of training and want to be in and out of the gym in an hour but given injuries I limit my functional training to yoga so my lifting's pure hypertrophy (all about looks and size). Thanks to YouTube I don't need a training partner for tips, plus I never need a spot OR motivation.

    That being said, to me a training partner makes the most sense once you get past the learning curve and click if he's essentially your gay clone - similarly strong with the same goals and you really gel. I'm still jelly of guys who team up and train like well-oiled machines but honestly I don't see a lot of that. I used to train at a hardcore gym and while the bodybuilding mags would have you believe all the pros train together but I think that's just for magazine spreads; pros I saw on the gym floor - Kai Greene, for example - all trained solo each and every time. If a guy needs a spot he just asks some random dude for one.

    Interestingly, my classes and group sport activities (yoga and swimming) are pretty non-social too and I don't miss the comaraderie nor pressure that comes with group exercise programs like CrossFit, though I get why lots of people need that.
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    May 23, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    I have worked out alone and with a partner off and on for the past several years. They both have their advantages and dis-advantages. Currently I have a partner, however we are not able to work out together every day and I don't think my workout suffers either way. I adjust my days to when I need a spot that he will be there for me. I am not fond of interrupting guys who are working alone to get a spot because as others have pointed out, that is their "me" time. And even though we chit chat, I don't consider it socializing. However I do find it odd that people spend up to 10 to 20 hours a week in the gym and don't form a bond with other guys who are there at the same time doing the same thing that is so spiritual for most of us. It's a huge bonding experience that I think others don't take advantage of. One major advantage for me to have a partner is that it forces me to take the proper rest breaks between sets. When I am alone I seem to speed through a workout negating my goals. Also you have two minds to think about the workout. Someone who can help judge when you have plateaued and need to change things up.

    The most important thing in having a workout partner is the partner. It should be someone you can have a close relationship with, who you can share personal things without the fear of judgement. Someone that you can call a Swole Mate. I feel that I am lucky to have one.