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lifting partner?

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July 4, 2020

Stats: 5'11', 28yo, single, 150lb, 15% BF. Bored to death of AthleanX home workout. Finances: grad school scholarship, I pay all my bills and support my mother with it. 3 Bible chapters/day, 30m/day minimum of prayer.

Hey, guys:

Gyms are opening here my city and I want to start checking them out. I want to start doing Strong Lifts 5x5. Never lifted before in my life. Should I get a partner so I don't get crushed by a barbell when I'm exhausted in the last rep of the set? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a lifting partner?


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Title lifting partner?
Author uzaquebrantado
Upvotes 5
Comments 6
Date 04 July 2020 02:50 PM UTC (7 months ago)
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[–]OsmiumZulu6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

I've lifted both with and without a partner off and on over the years.

In my experience, lifting with a partner tends to stretch a workout to go longer. Whether due to talking, changing plates out, running late, etc. things just seem to overall take a bit longer than when I lift alone. This is all fine if you have the time for it, but if you are constantly pinched for time this may not be the way to go.

That said, if you find the right partner it can be a big help. You can push yourself to failure and aim for heavier sets if you have a spotter built in. If they are bigger and more experienced than you, you can learn a ton from them. Even if they aren't, they can check your form in real time which can be a massive aid to your progress. Heck, just having another high T guy around to hype you up and yell at you can get you through plateaus.

At the end of the day: a bad partner < no partner < an equally committed and driven lifter < someone better than you. Time allowing, of course.

[–]SkimTheDross4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Lift in a power cage with safeties. I am regularly pushing personal records on squat and bench by myself. Tried for a 3RM this morning on squat and missed it. Got 2 to tie current PR. I stalled motion on the third and then sat down to put it on the safeties.

This brings up a negative I’ve found of lifting by yourself - no bro’s there yelling at you to go get it when you’re just on the cusp of making the last rep.

[–]operationveritas2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

If you don’t find anyone then make friends with some guys at the gym, people that go are usually pretty helpful if you need a spot.

[–]Cam_Winston211 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Never go to failure, always leave one rep in the tank. If you lift with enough volume, the gains will come. My wife & daughter started training with me a few years ago, before that almost 20 alone. Nothing changed, I don't need a spotter. Technique + volume + protein + recovery = muscle.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

By volume you mean sets x reps? Thanks

[–]Cam_Winston211 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yes, more sets & more reps. If you can do x lbs for 12 reps, but not 15, then do 12 reps, wait 45 seconds, do 10-ish (you won’t be able to do 12), 45 seconds rest, 9-10, etc. 4 or 5 sets, then catch breath & move to next group. Over a week/month, the volume will accrue & gains will ensue. Always leave one rep “in the tank”, going to failure only stresses the joints & causes poor form, which usually leads to injury.

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