CrossFit is so effective because of the environment a group class creates. The environment of a CrossFit box is developed and maintained by the coaches and the members at the gym. For many, the four walls where they sweat, push limits, and achieve the unachievable become their sanctuary and safe haven. This is the place that you turn to when everything else seems to be going wrong. The box is where you know you can go to shut off, challenge yourself, and be in good company. Without the energy, camaraderie, and atmosphere of the box, CrossFit would just be another fitness program. Here are just some ways utilizing your training partners at the gym can help improve your workouts:
Help Keep You Safe. A good training partner can help keep you accountable for quality movement mechanics. Sometimes your coach won’t always have his or her eyes on you, and training with someone you trust allows you to have a second set of eyes when you’re picking up a heavy bar or going for a new 1RM back squat.
Provide Feedback. Similarly, training partners can provide simple observations like, “it looked like your back leg was straight on that split jerk,” or “your first two reps were great but on that third you didn’t utilize your kip swing.” As a training partner, you’re not required to coach and teach your partner how to go about fixing the issue, but you can help create awareness that might not have been there before.
Help You Stay Focused. When you’re exerting yourself, the last thing you want to do is count. Partners can help count your reps as you stay focused on your mechanics or the workout plan.
Support and Motivate. Good training partners are next to you, watching your set and supporting your effort. We all know how much easier it is to push for an extra rep when you have a friend encouraging you, so utilize your training partners to get more out of your training session.
Partnering up and working within a group has a significant and important side effect: it helps to transform your gym into a community. Human interaction, support, encouragement and friendship are among the chief reasons why CrossFit has been so successful in helping individuals change their health and happiness. Don’t miss an opportunity to work out with someone new next time you’re at the box. We can all help each other move toward our shared goals of improved health and fitness!