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4 Tips for Picking the Perfect Swolemate

4 Tips for Picking the Perfect Swolemate

The Perfect "Swolemate" is hard to come by, but once you've found them your progress and performance in the gym can skyrocket!

  

1. Pick someone reliable

There is no point whatsoever picking a gym buddy thats a flake, you need someone that is reliable. Pick a friend who won’t bail on you—or better yet, find someone who will annoyingly text you on leg day to stop you from skipping out.


2. They know your style/technique

There’s nothing more annoying than a spotter that does half the lifting for you, you need a spotter who knows that you like to pause at the bottom of a rep and won’t throw you off by rushing in and grabbing the bar too early.

 

Gym Partner - Spotter

3. They are stronger than you.

Set your ego aside, a complete beginner won’t help you hit a new PR, but someone who outlifts you will spur your efforts. You shouldn’t go overboard and train with a powerlifter, but you should aim for a partner who is 40 percent stronger than you and you’ll push yourself 90 percent harder, says research from the University of Kansas.


4. They keep their mouth shut.

In a recent study at Michigan State University, participants performed planks while their training partners shouted classic motivational phrases like, “push it!” As it turns out, the participants couldn’t hold the planks as long as participants who exercised without encouragement.