Finding the Right Training Partner

Running Partner

A large part of success in life depends on who you associate with. There’s something about having other people around you that push you to do more than you’d do on your own. In many ways, iron sharpens iron.

I’ve been in work environments that are firing on all cylinders where people are pushing each other to learn more and more about their trade. I’ve also witnessed the opposite, where people just don’t care and it turns into a downward spiral.

In general, I like to do activities on my own, but I find that I achieve the most when I’m competing with or being challenged by others.

I do my best programming when I’m surrounded by other great programmers. We talk about geeky stuff and in that group the “coolest” person is the one who knows the most about the programming language at hand.

I do my best long runs when I’m running with someone else. If the partner is a good fit, that person will push me to do more than I would on my own.

So how do you find the right training partner?

  • Circle of Friends: Often times there is someone in your circle of friends that could be a good fit. If not in your immediate circle, then let people know that you are looking for a training partner and have them tell their friends. People won’t be able to help you if they don’t know you’re looking.
  • Local Groups: Depending on the size of your city, there may be local groups for about any kind of activity you could be interested in whether it’s running, politics or sewing. Check out for groups near you and to find people passionate about your specific interest.
  • Hire: Certain training partners can be hired such as coaches and personal trainers for the gym. Michael Hyatt has a good blog entry on hiring the best trainers possible.
  • Electronic: When all else fails there are always electronic versions. For some of my runs, I listen to Lance Armstrong ‘s Nike+Ipod Training tips. He has some real gems like “Remember, pain is temporary but quitting lasts forever!”

Find the right training partner and you will accomplish more than you ever could on your own.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17