The Perfect "Swolemate" is hard to come by, but once you've found them your progress and performance in the gym can skyrocket!
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. Consistency is the key to seeing results, so also aim to pick a partner that has similar goals to you.
There’s nothing more annoying than a spotter that does half the lifting for you, it won't help you progress whatsoever. 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.
Now this one could be tough, but you need to 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 stronger than you.
In a recent study at Michigan State University, participants performed planks while their training partners shouted classic motivational phrases like, “push it!” and “keep going!” As it turns out, the participants couldn’t hold the planks as long as participants who exercised without encouragement.