I will only dwell on this briefly before I go on with my column for this week. As of my latest weight in, I have lost over 60 pounds and am just now starting to have visible abdominals. 60 pounds! Imagine that for a minute. Next time you’re at the gym, pick up a 45 pound plate, or grab a 60 pound dumbbell, heavy? Now, try walking around with it in front of your stomach, everyday. Picture sleeping with it, playing with your kids with it, working with it.
When I look at pictures of myself at 230 pounds it doesn’t even look like the same person, I can’t believe how far I’ve come, and how badly I never want to go back! If I never win anything in Natural Bodybuilding it won’t matter, because I’ve made a difference in the quality of my life and of my family’s, and that’s what’s important!
Here’s me, in the middle, between my sister and cousin, at 230 pounds, three summers ago.
Now, on with the column! I’m going to talk this week about training partners, not only how helpful they are for practical purposes, like having a spotter, but also how motivating and helpful they can be for your training.
Most of the time I train by myself, first thing in the morning. This is what my schedule allows due to our son and my partners work schedule. On days I don’t train in the morning, I go in for cardio first thing, then come back at night for weights. At night, I usually also train on my own, but I sometimes end up working out with someone at the gym. Maybe just asking for a spot, but very rarely do I make plans to go specifically to train with someone, until recently.
One of my best friends recently returned from working on ships. He leaves for 40 days and returns for another 40. He has like me, always enjoyed lifting weights, and like me admittedly can stand to lose some weight. He has no plans to compete, but merely would like to have a good, fit physique, without sacrificing much power or size (wouldn’t we all!) So he started training with me.
Within a week I’m noticing gains in strength and endurance. Better workouts, better weight moved – everything has improved! You’re able to push yourself so much more with someone else there pushing you, telling you that you’ve got one more left, it’s amazing!
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy training alone, moving at my own pace, doing what I like, how I like, without explanation. I still train on my own in the mornings, but my night workouts have pushed me to new limits, and weights, I never thought I would be able to get to, and don’t think I would ever get to on my own.
So my advice is this; at least one workout a week, find a training partner. Not someone to chat with, not some one to hang out with, a TRAINING partner. Someone who you know wants to be there for the same reasons that you do, to TRAIN. Someone who will ask you for more, who will push you, someone who will not let you quit, and when you’re about to quit, they won’t let you. Someone to help you through your struggle to finish your set, rep, workout, or whatever you have yet to do.
If you’re lucky enough to find someone like this, hang on to them, don’t let them go. They are an asset, and will help you get to another level mentally and physically that you will have a hard time reaching on your own! You won’t regret it!
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