One Way to Avoid Being Broken by The IRON!

Ecclesiastes 4:12  “Although an assailant may overpower one person, two can withstand him.  Moreover, a three-stranded cord is not quickly broken.

Imagine you’re in the middle of an intense set of the bench press.  You’ve pumped out 7 of a hoped for 12 repetitions.  Your breathing is heavy and your arms and chest both are giving you the feeling that another rep may or may not happen.  You go for the next rep lowering the weight at a moderate pace, then firing off the bottom of the rep with all the strength, hope, and determination you can muster.  With seemingly every muscle fiber in your triceps, front deltoids, and pectoralis muscles firing, the weight rises centimeter by centimeter, until you reach the top position. benchpressstraining Now you’re REALLY breathing heavy, and your muscles are burning with lactic acid and trembling with fatigue.  But you wonder, “Could I muster one more rep?”

Now, you’ve got a choice to make.  Do you go for that last results-producing, fantastic-workout-making, muscle growth stimulating rep?  Or do you set the weight down because you don’t have a spotter and you’re afraid you’ll get trapped under the weight?  Well, of course, you set the weight down.  Who wants to get trapped under a weight bar either at a home gym or a public gym?  Nobody.  Take it from me, it’s not fun and, when done in a public gym, it’s embarrassing (I’ve been trapped under a bar while doing bench press a couple of times, and when I was just starting out lifting I got trapped at the bottom of a squat rep.  None of these incidents ended well).

Being able to take your sets as far as you want to, without fear of being trapped under a bar, is just one of the reasons having a workout partner is beneficial.  Think of the IRON (the weights) as being an assailant.  Your workout partner can help you withstand and overcome that attacker.

But a workout partner is not only good for helping you when you’re in trouble under a bar, he or she can have several positive effects on your workouts.  Some of those effects are:

  • A workout partner can motivate you to workout harder than you would on your own.
  • A workout partner can motivate you into working out more regularly.  Your partner can push you to exercise on those days you just don’t feel like getting your workout in.
  • A workout partner can make working out more fun!  This is because it can be more fun to share the torture of a good workout with someone that is going through the same thing.

All of this came to mind yesterday because a friend of mine stopped by and worked out with me.  Typically I work out by myself, but with my friend spotting me and providing encouragement, I had the best workout I’ve had in a long, long time.  He made my workout great.

Do you have a workout partner or do you workout alone?  If you don’t have a partner, would you like one, or do you prefer to workout alone?

Based on the awesomeness of my workout with my friend, I think my preference now is to have a workout partner.  I’m going to be on the lookout for one.


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