Why You Should Always Train With a Partner


If you are familiar with the gym Invictus and the main coach, C.J. Martin, you may be familiar with his way of thinking and some of his training methods. Recently I read an Invictus blog written by C.J. titled “Good Training Partners Make for Great Training”. You can read the original article HERE.

C.J. goes on to talk about why you should always partner up, even if there is plenty of space in the gym.

For people that are familiar with globo-gyms, they know it is against code to talk to other people in the gym, let alone train with anyone else that is not a close friend to them. But in the CrossFit community we are more of a close-knit bunch and tend to build relationships rather quickly with others we workout with. Maybe it is because we are all suffering together day-in and day-out. Maybe it’s because we typically go to the same class at the same time 4-6 days a week and see the same people. Whatever the reason may be, CrossFit gyms are a bit different in that sense.

But why should you be training with a partner even if you aren’t working out during a class? In C.J.s article he discusses 5 reasons to train with a partner during a strength or skill session: safety, feedback, focus, support/motivation, and community.

Safety: You are not always able to exclusively work one-on-one with the coach in each class. Usually you get some feedback, they watch a few lifts/movements, then they have to go help others in the class. When the coach walks away you are expected to take the coach’s cues and perform quality movement mechanics. Alone it is difficult to tell if you are doing a movement  correctly or making the correction suggested to you. But with a training partner, it is an extra set of ears to hear what feedback you were given and an extra set of eyes to help determine if you are doing movements safely. They can watch for any deviation in proper form or movement that could be harmful to you. They can also veto bad decisions, helping keep you and them safe.

Feedback: As C.J. mentioned, “you don’t have to be a world-class coach to provide a training partner with feedback”. A partner can easily tell you if your back is rounding on your deadlifts, or if the first few reps looked better than the last few reps. They don’t have to tell you how to fix anything or what is happening that your movement is going to crap, but they can give you feedback and let you know it’s happening.

Focus: A partner can count reps for you or count the tempo for you when you are trying to focus on the mechanics of the movement. They can also keep you on track when lifting and switching back and forth on a lift, keeping you from slacking off too much or taking too much time between lifts.

Support/Motivation: A good partner is there with you, helping you, watching you, and cheering you on when you are struggling to get out of the bottom of a heavy back squat. They encourage you to go hard, get an extra rep, and help you to be better you. Working out with a partner helps you get more out of your training than working out alone.

Community: Partnering up builds relationships and creates more of a community. Human interaction, support, encouragement, and friendship make each person more connected and help the gym be successful in changing peoples lives when it comes to health and happiness.

Next time you find yourself alone, pair up with someone, even if you don’t know them. You never know, they may just end up becoming a close friend. Plus you two will finish your session feeling more productive and happier.

Pull-up Progressions Part 3

In this video Coach Carl is still working on hand position and the pulling mechanics. He uses a fat bar to change the bar width. It forces you to get your pinky knuckle over the bar and it forces you to increase grip strength. No, we do not have this specific bar- but we do have a dog bone which…
Read more

Tips to Complete the Open Workouts Successfully

[embed]http://youtu.be/9WPofVUEGGk[/embed] With 15.1 and 15.1A in the books, we have 4 more Open workouts to go. Here are a few tips to help you successfully complete the final 4 workouts. 1) Plan accordingly for each Open workout. Know when you are going to complete them and at what time. Make sure you have someone available to judge you. Do you want…
Read more

Pull-up Progressions Continued!

Details at GymnasticsWOD With the new year upon us, you may have already set your goals. Maybe one of your goals is to get your first unassisted strict pull-up in the new year. We are going to help you get there! Don’t hesitate to ask a coach for help with the progressions posted in the video. That’s what they…
Read more

Technique Tip: the overhead squat

The overhead squat is a foundational movement not just in Crossfit but also Olympic weightlifting. If you want to snatch well you have to have the basics of the overhead squat nailed down. Here are a few tips and key points for creating a stable shoulder position. Treat light weights in practice as if they are heavy. Imagine that PVC…
Read more

Mobility Made Simple

Whether you are new to CrossFit or a seasoned veteran, I’m sure you have heard the term “mobility” thrown around. In the world of CrossFit, the person that most readily comes to mind when you hear this word is Kelly Starrett, who created the website mobilitywod.com and recently authored an entire book on mobility entitled Becoming a Supple Leopard. His…
Read more

Perfecting Your Hang Position

Every snatch and clean will pass through the high hang position. Unique to this position is the little amount of movement that there is to initiate the lift. This is a useful tool to develop speed and explosiveness in the hips in a vertical motion. This drill should be very valuable to you if you tend to hop forward, your…
Read more

Call Us


Get Here

6501 Eagle Rock NE Suite B-2 Albuquerque, NM 87113



    Connect With Us

Proud Partners