Bodybuilding is a hobby that requires significant weight lifting discipline and dedication, and many feel that having a companion with similar goals can improve mental focus and enhance the effectiveness of each weight training workout session. This theory is true for many, but there are also some who actually find that solo weight lifting workout sessions provide an environment for enhanced consistency and dedication when compared with relying upon a weight training workout partner. Surprisingly to many, there are those who feel that weight lifting partners are detrimental to long term consistency, and are able to achieve far superior fat reduction and muscle gain progress alone, without the benefit of a weight lifting companion.
Despite certain bodybuilders experiencing a desire to train with the help of a friend, locating an individual who has a comparable schedule and who wishes to attend on the agreed upon day and time each week can prove difficult. Even when locating a prospective candidate, we all seem to experience agenda conflicts regardless of how well intentioned we may be, and two seemingly synchronized bodybuilders are likely to find themselves at odds. In addition, many bodybuilders have their own individual weight lifting time preference, with some feeling more alert in the morning hours, prior to starting their work day, and others feeling far more motivated for an intense weight training session during afternoon or evening hours. This disparity naturally makes finding another weight lifter with an identical mindset cumbersome.
In addition to the potential for scheduling conflicts, a set of similar goals is required, meaning that a weight lifter who wishes to achieve significant muscle gain cannot comfortably workout with one who seeks tone and fat loss, as the two will often perform different types of workouts. Although, technically, both could train together, because their workouts may significantly differ, motivating one another without wasting a large amount of time switching between different exercises becomes difficult, and soon, the two will find that they experience far greater focus and efficiency when training alone.
Even if both bodybuilders have the exact same muscle building goals, the amount of weight used in exercises will likely differ, sometimes dramatically, and the two bodybuilding partners will feel as if they are changing free weights on the bars more often than they are actually training for muscle growth, leading to excessive workout length. Weight lifting workouts can become extremely grueling when distractions begin to monopolize gym time, and making dramatic workout weight changes each set due to a disparity in strength levels is a quick way for any weight lifter to become disgruntled with the time spent on each weight training session.
Another obstacle towards finding the perfect weight lifting partner is workout pacing, as some wish to rush through a weight training workout session seemingly at light speed, while others feel far more comfortable with greater rest periods. This will create a significant pacing conflict, and considering that disciplined weight training is sufficiently difficult to endure when every environmental factor is absolutely perfect, just imagine when a weight lifting partner decides that he or she wants to execute a workout at a rate of speed which you personally despise! In such a situation, the weight training session will become unnecessarily stressful, and the two partners will try to find a way to abandon the obligation to train together in order to preserve sanity.
Lastly, regardless of how dedicated two workout partners may be towards achieving muscle building or fat reduction, the chances are astronomically high that idle chatter will occur between sets, extending rest time, and the workout itself, far beyond what is necessary. Amazingly, two weight training partners can discuss a topic between sets and allow a time period that seemingly feels immaterial to reach several minutes, and the lengthy weight training workouts that result are known for sapping motivation and desire to continue training.
I am one who has always performed my weight training workout sessions alone, and have found this to be the most effective method, but during the rare times I have trained together with others, I cannot recall any individual ever asking to train with me again, and those workout sessions with partners were, for me, significantly less intense than my standard weight training workouts, when I am training alone, without any obstacles, as quickly or slowly as I choose, with music I feel energized by, and without needless conversations that extend workout length beyond reasonable levels.
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Francesco Castano authors MuscleNOW.com, a diet and weight training program teaching the exact techniques for muscle gain without supplements or drugs.
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