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2 on 1 training with a partner? What you need to know before you start

Two-on-one, three-on-one and small group training can sound very exciting for some – I totally agree. Working out along side a friend, coworker or loved one can help give you both that added motivational boost, competitiveness and even bring a bit more enjoyment to the session. It can also be a tad lighter on your wallet.

In saying that there are a few factors to consider before cementing that decision.

  1. Do you and your partner/s share a similar level of muscular strength, muscular endurance and aerobic fitness? (e.g. can you both complete consecutive repetitions with an exercise or hold yourself in a plank-like position?)
  2. Do you or your partner/s suffer from any current or previous injuries, or medical conditions that inhibits them to take on a particular movement? (e.g. joint issues or dizziness when lifting a weight above head height)
  3. Do you or your partner/s have any mobility limitations when it comes to performing a particular movement? Injuries or muscle tightness are commonly the main cause of this. (e.g. unable to lower buttocks below knees when performing a squat)
  4. Does your timetable match up to your partner/s? What would happen if one of you fell ill, injured, have work commitments or were on a holiday?

Although I do thoroughly enjoy training multiple participants at a time, generally I have found that each person will progress at a different speed and in a different way. In personal training (one-on-one) I’d tailor the program to suit the individual. This includes targeting the weaker areas, working on and maintaining the stronger ones, and resolving any limitations and injuries along the way. This will help the individual to perform at their best, therefore receiving better results in a shorter period of time. Dealing with multiple bodies can sometimes become a bit complicated which can slow down the progression.

So if you still are thinking about partner or small group training please consider the previous questions. I am more than happy taking on the training but strongly suggest training each person individually for the first 3 sessions. That way we can assess everybody’s current state and nail the correct lifting/boxing techniques down to a tee. And then we can reassess our options after.

If you do have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a line anytime. And as always… HAPPY TRAINING!


Matt Brown