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)

BEFORE MY TRAINING PARTNER

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TEN MONTHS LATER WITH TRAINING PARTNER

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Author: gertlouw

In the deepest south of South Africa you will find me. Dwelling in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. I live close to God and try to follow in the footsteps of Christ as led the Holy Spirit. I am a fitness freak right now…but struggle with the cardio – my body just not built for much cardio! The weights I LOVE throwing around! The battle against the weights and intense strength required, is really my cup of tea! I am one of those LOUD guys in gym while training, that’s why I train when as little as possible people around…lol! Starting now with my building phase (3 months) and me and my training partner is really pushing each other to new heights. He is more cardio orientated than me so he is currently KILLING ME! SO 6-PACK, I AM WAITING…SHOW ME HOW DEEP YOUR CUTS CAN GO! Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for many years, Judo 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip, but if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it. Love my home theatre hobby, making youtube videos and spending time with family! Can’t wait for 4K projectors to hit mainstream! For those interested, this blog is my database of all my fitness and transformation knowledge. And NO (!) I am not getting any money for it, not selling anything on it and neither do I promote anything on it or getting sponsored by anybody. My blog is simply where I want to help other guys living a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out and ultimately it is my legacy I want to leave my one and only son – now 7 y/o and already eager to get his 6-pack! I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40 and since then fighting against severe kidney and liver damage. Don’t like talking about it, but this is now 10 years after I was given 2 years to live. After much hardship one of my main aims now is to assist other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me, but I live now every moment to be the best I can be. To be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just do what excites me or pleases me. Living with grace everyday, death becomes a closer reality. This is how I view it: ~DEATH~ A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side..’ Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’ ‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?’ The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.’ Feel free to contact me directly if you wish. Reading this far, the last bit important info on me you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this! Wish you all many blessings. Gert Louw

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  4. 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

    Mark

    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.

  5. 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.

    John

    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.
      Gert

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