Training Partner or not?

This is probably one the most important decisions you will face in your training.

For me, I train 90% without a partner.

This is the NOT argument:

  1. More flexibility about the times you train.
  2. Not to have put up with a training partners mood swings.
  3. Not risking having chosen the wrong partner with different goals than you!
  4. Not hurting yourself because pushing yourself too hard to show off!

But the fact is….it can do wonders for your training to get a focused training partner.

Right now I’ve hooked up with a 19 y/o training partner. Slightly smaller in-built than me but due to his age he can put in one hell of an effort. Sure I got more skill and better technique but he forces me to try new things and simply to push it harder.

One of the core principles to stimulate muscle grow is to continuously try new exercises or new methods to prevent stagnation. This is one of the key aspects of having a training partner even just for short periods of time.

I can give a guarantee (if God spares my health) that I am gonna encounter a very good lean mass growth spurt with my training partner and in two months I reckon I will see significant progress – I will post progress pics!

So those thinking about it…I say get a training partner even just for a month or two.

BUT THERE ARE RISKS….choose wisely.

  1. He must have the same goals in mind as u.
  2. He must be on time!
  3. He must be focused.
  4. He must not lag too far behind you. You are not a personal trainer!
  5. He must have the same moral standards as you….laugh all u want, but I cannot train with a guy oogling at every girl and swearing continuously while talking and bragging about getting laid, etc…

Age? I don’t think it matters much. I am 48 and I train with a 19 y/o. And he PUSHES me to new levels.

Just take care not to talk too much during your routine. Focus on the training and help each other to get perfect form and technique. Together try out new exercises and methods of training but don’t deviate tooo much from your program. Small steps at a time.

Wish you MUCH success.

ScoobyMuscle (aka Gert Louw)





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  5. Thanks Gert for saying I’m only 19 !!! it must be in the jeans lol and that I’m full of energy but I don’t think im a little smaller 🙂
    It’s really great training with you I hope ur bi-ceps are ok after Tuesday because we have another hard session tomorrow. I hope we can both look as good as u did in 2008 let’s crack on


    1. lol! Mark…u wish u were 19! That blog entry was about my previous training partner…the 19 y/o who just disappeared…eish! U are MUCH more consistent and long lasting bud! Crazy at work today but will see u tomorrow at gym. Bicep is OK..arm continue to be sore but cope. Have a great day! G.

      1. Hey Gert !I really like your blog it’s got loads of great information but I enjoy training with you better I am really looking forward to our 3 months of heavy weights to build those muscles I’m going to research monster sets so we can get those legs of yours buffed:)

      2. Mark – suprise to see u pop in here- lol!
        Thanx for being such a determined training partner bud!
        See u tomorrow at gym.

  6. Gert

    Thank you for putting me on your distribution list. I really like and enjoy being your friend. You are one of the really good guys in this world as far as I am concerned. Along with that you have one really outstanding body. You are muscular and defined and just plain a pleasure to see.

    In addition to seeing able to see how well your training is going you keep me honest in reminding me to keep on working at improving myself. I will never have your body but I can significantly improve what I have right now. And that is a very good thing ! I do feel better when I am doing regular exercising and following a proper diet. A while ago you might have notice I fell off the wagon so to speak. However you have helped a lot to get me back on track.

    Your videos are amazing and I love the side things you bring to them in addition to presenting some very fine male bodies for us to judge. You do great work. Please keep me on your distribution.

    Bless you and all you hold dear.


    1. Thanx John – always good to hear from you.
      Glad to hear u are back on track. Stay focussed my friend…
      Thanx for the feedback on the videos – I put a lot of effort into it and still much in the learning curve state.
      Wish you a great day.

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