This is a guest post from SRSC members and training partners Trisha Aylor and Kether.
Finding a good training partner is like finding the right pair of jeans—it can be elusive, but the right one just fits.
The benefits, however, extend far beyond just having someone to alternate sets with during 90 minutes of weight training. A good partner is one of the keys to getting the most out of all the classes and challenges at Santa Rosa Strength and Conditioning.
So how does one identify a good training partner? Some practical threshold issues are:
#1 attending the same classes and having the same general schedule
#2 getting along, having a similar temperament
#3 similar height and weight load capabilities
A partner meeting the above criteria will lead to a more consistent and productive workout—you’ll receive ample rest time between alternating sets as one of you rests while the other lifts. You have your own set of technical eyes to critique and make suggestions as to using proper form and preventing injury and improper techniques—stopping errors before they become bad or unsafe habits.
Your partner can encourage and support you throughout the workout. He or she is familiar with your previous performance and therefore truly appreciates and praises your progress (or commiserates with your struggles)—let’s be honest, we all have our bad days…or weeks. Having a partner also helps make you accountable to showing up to class and doing your best at each workout, even those days when you’d rather sleep in or find an excuse not to go.
It’s almost guaranteed that if you’re supporting each other during hellish WODs and strength workouts, you’re also likely to get along outside the Box. Having the common interest in Crossfit and an active lifestyle lends itself to meeting up for coffee, going on a hike, or sharing good conversation over a healthy meal. You might discuss your goals and challenges, (New Year’s) resolutions, or use your partner as an objective sounding board.
Once you’ve found a good workout partner, the benefits extend far beyond the weight rack. It is worth investing the time in trying out different workout partners until you find the one that truly fits and benefits you both.