• Ryan

Top 3 Ways Training With Someone Helps You

Updated: Apr 8

As social restrictions are easing slightly, people are able to meet out doors to exercise together as long they stick to social distancing. Not only is it great for your mental health to socialise and talk to people who don't live in your house, but there is a definite difference between working out with someone or a small group and working out on your own. You've probably already noticed this in the gym already if you've gone from training on your own to training with a gym buddy. Or if you've got yourself a trainer. Even the most mentally tough athlete can still find another gear if they have someone there. So I've decided to look at some of the things that changes in you work outs when you're not alone.

  1. Accountability

Now as a personal trainer I can relate to this very well. This is one of the big reasons that people hire a trainer in the first place. Saying that you are going to meet them at a specific place, at a specific time and that they are going to put you through a work out that is designed to help you meet your goals. Sounds perfect. Now unless you are very disciplined, this is something that you will struggle with.

Some people who turn up and work hard with their trainer or in the gym will find it difficult to motivate themselves to do something in the park or at home. I know this is the case for a lot of clients who I gave home work out to at the start of lockdown, and then they just didn't do it. Some of the people who didn't do those home workouts, are now able to train with me outside and are raring to go and have been working are with me since we've started back. What's the difference? Simply the fact that I am there making them accountable. I'm putting them through a workout, I'm making sure they're sticking to their diet and I'm make sure they are doing everything they need to do to achieve their goals. This is admitted by clients too. I have had clients in the past who have stayed with me for years simply because I keep them accountable and they know that as soon as they stop training with me, they will fall off the wagon.

2. Competition

Good old competitiveness is hard to beat. Regardless of what form it comes in. It can be as simple as a weight loss challenge, running time challenge, or and an unknown competition that only you know about. Maybe you saw a friends 5km time on social media and you say to yourself "I can beat that". Now you are pushing yourself to beat that persons time. You are now in competition and the other person doesn't even know it. That's ok. Whatever lights the fire in your belly to get you going. I know due to social restrictions, that some teams or people who train together have set up fitness challenges. Things as simple as a body weight circuit and see who does the fastest time. Or who can do the most reps in a given time. It's all in good spirit but if you're competitive you're gonna want to beat the people in the challenge. This will make you dig deep to push hard. Maybe you saw a friends run time on social media and think that you can do better. You use their time as fuel to push you on. When you're getting tired and wanting to slow down, you think about their run and their time. They weren't slowing down at this stage. They kept going. That means you have to. That means that you have to

push harder even though your body wants to do the exact opposite. Then you can the motivator for your friend. I did this with a friend recently. He posted a 5k time which was faster than I'd ever gone. I knew I could go faster than him. I used that as fuel to run my fastest 5k time. I then sent it to him and said he was going to beat my time. Now we are pushing each other to try and set faster and faster times without even being near each other.

3. Motivation

This can take aspects from the previous two. You don't need to be competing with your training partner, but you can push each other. A good example of this is if you are doing an incredibly hard workout routine. Something that just destroys you and you even dread the thought of doing. I know for me, it's a 20 minute body weight circuit that we would be sometimes in our Muay Thai class. It's brutal. I feel like I'm going to die every time I do it. But when you are in a class you are all doing it together. You're all in the same boat suffering as a team. So you can will each other on. Maybe you see someone slowing down and you help get them going again. Or even something as simple as you and a friend in the c