Spice up your training routine this month by looking to integrate a partner in your practice. While exercise is often a solo adventure that is equal parts of work as it is meditation, the level of fun (and results) that can be generated through teamwork can’t be understated.
Today’s article explores why you should find a partner, a few rules you’ll need to apply, and how we create partner atmospheres here at CoreStrength1. Let’s dive in:
Why Do I Need Anyone?
Exercise is a private place for a lot of people. We’ve all experienced times when we want to be left alone to get our work in, but some people truly crave the independent meditation that a challenging workout can provide.
Yet, letting a single partner into the experience can radically change the game for someone who hasn’t tried it. As your parents said about vegetables when you were a kid: “you won’t know if you like it until you try it”.
Partners push you beyond your level of comfort
A partner can get you to do those two extra repetitions, add that extra poundage you’ve contemplated, or simply forget about your own limitations. This sort of experience elevates everyone involved so long as it is done with respect and with safety in mind.
Partners keep you accountable
Ever skip a gym session? Well, partners help keep that to a minimum since your workout is also someone else’s workout. You’ll miss less days and achieve your goals faster by having someone on your team.
Partners help you “play”
Many of the exercises we’d do by ourselves lack interaction naturally. Yet, partner movements create a playful environment where ropes, medicine balls, suspension trainers, and even legitimate partner challenges can make the experience more fun.
Why Be Lonely?
Again, some workouts are meant to be done by yourself, but why be lonely forever. Look to integrate people into your fitness experience as often as you can tolerate to enhance your results and improve your life.
- Always respect your partners limitations. Forcing someone to do something that they aren’t comfortable with (in a real safety sense) is unacceptable.
- Focus on the positive and avoid negative comments about effort and output
- Play nicely and keep your focus on the partner when you go
What we do at CS1
Our unit is designed for play since we can fit 8 people on it simultaneously. This naturally creates conversation and competition between those on the system. Beyond that, we can expand into floor space around the unit and have secondary patterns that allow us to expand into 16 person classes and experiences, which is effectively eight sets of partners.
Our partners work together to push past limits and push their team to victory. We celebrate the team wins, but also show love to the two who did the most work. Naturally, teammates get each other’s back and the competition is done in a way that is non-threatening so that everyone involved is having a great time during a great workout.
We want people to enjoy their workouts, build communities around their fitness, and have a reason to keep coming back. We hope you join us in that mission.
See you next time!