I asked a few people the other day how they choose training partners. All of their answers were a bit different, but equally excellent. Here’s what they said:
Response #1 – “Class time determines who I pick. At 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm, I usually find someone at a similar skill level to share a barbell. Keeping the coaches in mind, I do this to be efficient with equipment. Outside of those times, I’ll work with anyone because I remember what it was like to be the new person.”
Response #2 – “I never come in with a pre-picked partner. But when selecting a teammate for the hour, I like to find the best person in the room. Why not work with someone that I can emulate? I can learn a lot by just watching someone with better technique than me.”
Response #3 – “I pick my friends. Oddly enough, I knew none of them when I joined the gym six months ago. We all met at Defined. Now we hang out inside and outside of the gym. Which is pretty cool because I am new to Chicago. The gym has introduced me to some truly wonderful people.”
So, how do you pick teammates? Do you look for similar skill levels? Do you shy away from some of the “big hitters” out of nervousness? Or do you seek out the new athlete to welcome him/her to our home? Do you engage with new people on the training floor? Most importantly, do you actively bring good vibes to the gymnasium?
If you always do the same thing, I challenge you to shake it up a bit. Introduce yourself to the most recent On-Ramp graduate and be a role-model. It will elevate your game. I promise.