I have a regular training buddy for classes at BBF which is great, because not only is the banter good, we make sure each other works hard. It’s also nice to have someone encouraging you to do that extra rep.
That said, I still prefer to run alone on the odd occasion I do run. Mostly because I can get into my rhythm and feel much more comfortable. I expect this is a function of being asthmatic. I’ve had to learn to manage my breathing to get it right for a run, and my having to match someone else’s pace it usually goes wrong and then I need to stop and…
But that aside, training with someone is something I enjoy. If you’d have asked me a few years ago, I don’t think I’d have said the same. It’s not the competition, as I only compete against myself. (Much to the annoyance of some of my past employers who tried to tap into that aspect of the development team and it never worked with me!) I think it is more the support aspect, and the shared pain 😉
I also have several training buddies of the four-legged furry variety. I’ve decided I like training around pets. They don’t seem to mind a chalky stroke which is handy given my ability to get it all over the place. It’s also company whilst doing the aspects of my training that are usually done alone. And the look of disbelief you sometimes get from them when lifting something heavy is priceless 🙂 Felix also does his acting cute to get my attention periodically as well.
Our three kitties are often spectators to my barbell, kettlebell, and treadmill endeavours. And Coco likes to accompany my early morning training at BBF with barks!
This is one of Moko’s “what the hell are you doing” looks from recently. I think I’d just been playing with the 20kg kettlebell.
Then Felix watching me whilst lounging around, then trying to entice me to snuggle him 🙂
Coco is guarding my training notebook, and then helping me with my stretches. Very important role for training buddies; making themselves useful 😉
Finally one of me post workout yesterday with Jess looking distinctly unimpressed with a sweaty me sat near her, and disrupting her snooze! I needed that sit down. My hand was also shaking trying to write my reps into my training notebook. Whoever thinks kettlebells doesn’t give you a tough workout just isn’t trying hard enough! If you look close enough there are plenty of beads of sweat running down my face.
Do you like to train with others, or animals? Let me know in the comments or over on Facebook. Pictures of pets always welcome!