A lot of people are usually perplexed on whether it is better to train alone with weights in the gym or to have somebody as a partner in the gym. The answer to this is quite simple; it is good to train alone, but training with a partner will produce better results especially if you are just starting out. It is true that no man can work alone and it applies in particular when you are in the gym. For you to get better results, you need to be working with a person who is highly motivated and focused when it comes to training. As you know, motivation is usually very addictive and therefore if you are working with a very motivated person you are bound to get motivated also. If you are challenging each other, some form of actual competition could develop between the two of you.
I am not saying that working alone does not have its benefits, to the contrary working alone makes you challenge yourself and through this, you get to know your strengths and weaknesses if any. When you are working alone your level of concentration is elevated. When you are practicing progressive resistance training, it is very crucial that you concentrate or else you may quickly succumb to injuries.
Benefits of a gym partner
You create a synergy of motivation
If luck falls on your side and you find a gym partner who shares similar goals with you then you will be astonished by how your motivation level will rise You will end up performing more reps and sets in the gym.
You will improve on your punctuality
Due to the competitive relationship you have formed with your partner, you will find yourself always coming on time so that you are not outshined.
You will avoid going to unnecessary parties
I used to sit on Fridays with my partner in the house playing poker, and although others thought we never had a life, our bodies thought different. If you want to slow down your muscle growth rate, then please take alcohol and your chance of success in bodybuilding is as good as gone. Alcoholic beverages will contain about nine calories per gram, which poses tiny traces of protein. So partaking in this drinking ritual means you are only taking empty calories.
Working with a gym partner will make you avoid injuries
The various injuries in the gym occur when you fall or trip with weight on your hand. Such injuries would not be possible if you had a keen gym partner.
Developing a friendly relationship
You are supposed to trust that your training partner will go out of his way in ensuring that you are not injured while in the gym. Such trust usually results to friendships being formed in the gym which will extend even outside.