What makes for a good gym partner?

Some people are ‘lone wolves’ such as myself, but every now and then we want the encouragement of someone else to keep us pumped, grow a bond & be the ‘bro’ we need in order to hit that next PR (yelling in our ear and rooting for our success)! 

 

But.. 

 

We should be picking about who we choose to be that “bro” and that friend we call on because it does make all the difference. Down below I highlight some tips to look for when searching for a gym partner who benefits you & vice versa. 

 
 
  1. You need to choose someone who has a personality that meshes well with yours
  2. Choose someone who is close to your fitness level — unless you don’t mind playing teacher/coach (some people find that annoying)
  3. Find someone who commits to the gym as much as yourself or more so that you can count of them for the long term. 
  4. If they don’t push you to do better, don’t challenge you to excel then they aren’t a person who will benefit you. 
  5. Find a person whose schedule can work along with yours — or find a compromise you are both willing to do
  6. Choose someone who doesn’t ‘yap’ all day, but knows when to focus on the grind while at the gym — you are there for results not for a social party
  7. Choose a gym partner that keeps you accountable
  8. Choose someone that doesn’t have a huge ego, you don’t want someone that’s there to show off their gains, you want someone who compliments your gains but also confident with themselves without having to be flashing
  9. Choose someone who is open minded- because when choosing a program for yourself or the both of you, you need someone who is willing to give something a go, unless they seek different results, but not someone who talks down about your decisions *but offering advice is fine*
  10. A know it all, doesn’t always know it ALL. Choose someone who doesn’t treat you like a test subject, they might know their bodies but it doesn’t mean they know yours and unless you hire them for training you, don’t allow someone to make you feel stupid or incompetent. There are coaches with experience and degrees that can offer that type of support. If your gym partner is coming off like a ‘know it ALL’ then they are too involved with being right than being a friend & that will get old real fast. 

Thanks for reading, I hope these tips are helpful for when you are in search of a gym partner! please feel free to follow, share, comment and like 😀

 

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Gym Partner Monday

Today was one of those days where I wasn’t in town to attend my regular gym and I still wanted to get a workout in, in order to not skip a Monday. Thankfully, my friend, whom I was staying with over the weekend, agreed to attend the gym with me earlier this morning at her gym. Now, if I had to attend without her, i probably would have, but not have liked it very much because of the fact it was a new environment that I am not yet used to and have only been to once before. With as long as I have been lifting, you would assume I wouldn’t have any issues with the gyms, but I still have my small insecurities when entering a new gym in a new place. Today’s workout was both quick and very simple. In the mix of it all, I was able to show her new exercises and push her past what she would normally feel comfortable doing, I love doing that; boosting someone’s confidence and making them feel good about their abilities. 

 

Workout:

 
  • Smith machine bench press: 3 x 6, 75 lbs, 95 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine bentover row: 3 x 8, 75 lbs
  • smith machine upright row: 3 x 8, 45 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated Db shoulder press: 3 x 8, 40 lbs
  • seated Db lateral raise: 3 x 8, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • Seat low row: 3 x 8, 100 lbs
  • wide grip lat pulldown: 3 x 8, 70 lbs
 

New gym experience & gym partner

Workout:

 
  • Smith machine bench press: 5 x 3, 115 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine shrugs: 6 x 12-15, 205 lbs
  • EZ bar bicep curls: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB triceps kickback: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable chest press: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • Db front raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • Seated triceps overhead extension: 6 x 12-15, 10 lbs

I worked out at the Planet Fitness in a new town with my friend 🙂 so I had to change some things up to my original workout. Haven’t used a smith machine for bench press in years, >.< but it worked out decently. It was nice to workout with a friend and show her the ropes with lifting. Overall good ex

Making a friend & doing deadlifts

For starters, today was a good workout BUT to add to that, I had a fun conversation with a girl who attends my gym, her fiance does too, but she was working out this morning and had a leg day, it was the day she was starting to use the barbell for squats for the first time in like years .. and she started off with a weight that she felt comfortable with and used a platform to make sure she was hitting the amount of depth she was aiming for and all the while I was watching — I decided she could definitely do more weight, how did I know? because I believed in her and I seen her potential .. I knew she was stronger than she had the confidence to admit and I figured if nothing else, she can give it a go and I would spot her. She decides to take the plunge and up the weight by 20 lb and here I am spotting. She does it, reps it out ONE MORE REP than the second set, I give her a huge high five and let her know I am proud of her. That’s an example of pushing someone to their fullest potential, spotting their opportunity for success & letting them know you believe in them; pushing them to try & having their back win or lose. 

 

Now back to the Deadlifting part:

 
 
  • Conventional deadlifts: 3 x 5

 

  • 65% of 90% of 1RM: 170 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1RM: 200 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1RM: 225 lb, 6 max reps 

 

  • Deficit Deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 160 lb
  • wide stance barbell stiff leg deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 135 lb, 155 lb
  • Kettlebell snatch: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg
  • EZ bar glute bridges: 5 x 10, 40 lb

Cardio workout:

Superset:

  • jump rope: 30/45/30 seconds
  • Sprints: 30/45/30 seconds
 

Superset:

  • mountain climber: 30/45/30 seconds
  • burpees: 30/45/30 seconds
 
  • Treadmill (interval training): 15 min total (2 minute run, 5.5 speed, and 1 min walk, 3.5 speed)

Overall the deadlifts went over well, for the wide stance stiff leg, I decided to use my versa gripps (normally my grip is fine) but after doing deadlift after deadlift back to back, I wanted to be sure. Nobody loves burpees, especially me, but I got them done, the run on the treadmill was good. Overall a good workout 😀

 
 

 

Long Leg Day

I would just like to mention that today’s leg day was written down a lot harder than what I got finished within 3 hours. I know it seems like a long day, but that includes the breaks, because this week is all heavy lifting, which means longer rest periods. I don’t ever plan on being at a gym for more than 1 hour, but since training for powerlifting, I have been inside a gym no less than 2 hours .. which probably is normal depending on your fitness level and your workouts. I know many days I have a cardio and lift that (so take that into consideration) most lifters don’t like doing their cardio on the same days as lifting. I am an odd ball and so far have been able to handle it. I will also mention that some days I have a gym partner (now); I guess that is what happens when you make new friends at the gym, they then decide it would be cool to lift with you and thank goodness she lifts just as much or heavier than me.. so it hasn’t been bad at all, considering I am usually a lone wolf when I workout and I liked it. Many times my workout sets or reps get cut because she wants to shorten the gym period but very rarely will I be doing that because we have different goals in mind and I need to focus on my overall goal  to put it lightly. Regardless, it has been nice to have a gym partner every once in a while to keep me motivated and help spot me. 

 
 
  • barbell back squat: 

 

  • 75% of 90% of my 1-RM: 3 x 5, 135 lb
  • 85% of 90% of my 1-RM: 3 x 3, 155 lb
  • 95% of my 90% of my 1-RM: 3 x 1, 170 lb
  • 95% of my true 1-RM (singles): 3 x 1, 190 lb

 

  • Jump squats: 2 x 25-30 seconds
  • leg press: 5 x 20, 208 lb
  • DB goblet squats: 3 x 15, 25 lb
  • Barbell front squats: 3 x 10, 6, 12, 95 lb, 55 lb

P.S I also implemented foam rolling and stretching along with my warm up in the beginning of my workout — yay 🙂