Bringing a Training Partner
When training it is hard to stay committed to your training schedule. It is easy to find excuses to skip it for, "just this time." We all know that it is quite the slippery slope., one days leads to a couple and by the time you know it you are back out of your training routine and filling that time with some other activity. A training partner will hold you accountable to follow your shooting schedule or your workout schedule. We all have those days once in a while where we aren't feeling it or just feeling tired. Well, if you have a training partner, they will help keep your motivation up and they will probably be feeling motivated the days you are not and vice versa.
You will be able to feed off of each other's energy and will have someone there to celebrate and witness your success as well as their success. Not only will this benefit your gains because of the higher frequency of your training but also because we are competitive in nature. When you train alone, you are only competing against yourself, but if you bring someone along you find yourself pushing yourself to try to keep up with them or beat them. This is kind of like when you have a spotter when lifting weights. You push yourself harder because you have someone there to assist you on getting the weight back onto the rack. Also, your buddy usually gives you that extra little push of motivation to do a couple more reps which are going to help you meet your goals faster than if you were holding back the last ten percent of energy.
This is also a time where you both can share techniques that have worked for you because they may or may not work for them. As you both attend different classes you will be able to share what new techniques the instructor has introduced to you and can see if they will work to better their shooting. Your buddy can also spot things that you aren't likely to see such as bad form, tell you if you aren't doing a technique quite right, or if you are doing something weird that is not as efficient as you could be. When you are training alone, you aren't as likely to spot those things because you are concentrating on the drill and beating the par time. This is also a great social time, it gives you time to catch up and share what is going on in your lives while between reps.
Have a great and safe weekend!