Although body building is an individualistic venture based on personal goals and preferential objectives, it sometimes benefit from peer effort. Many professional body builders attribute their initial motivation to peers who initiated them into the weight room and motivated them to keep a schedule. Research has shown that it’s easier to maintain a consistent body building program when you have peers with the same objectives and with whom you work out with. There are several advantages of body building with peers as exemplified below.
Peers keep your motivation high simply because you don’t want to be beaten at something you do together. You maintain the intense workout schedules because you cannot imagine being skinny when the rest of your peers are muscled. With motivation perpetually high, it gets easier to accumulate muscles and define them to perfection. Competition is very healthy in the gym for as long as each individual retains control of decision making on intensity and strategy.
The second advantage is workout efficiency. Peers with whom you attend workouts together can make very good spotters and partners in the gym. They always point out when you cheat and when you loose the form or posture of a particular exercise, since they would not like you to hit a higher rep number than them if you are training to failure. When a mistake is done, you hear it immediately and you can even get directions on how too avoid it next time.
Peers are also very important in maintaining consistency and progress in a program. It becomes harder to miss a workout session because you know that the others are waiting. As all of you develop muscles and you increase intensity stage after stage, perpetual growth results since no one among the group wants to be left behind in a plateau at a particular level. Another advantage of body building with peers is cost saving. The whole group can hire one instructor each month, buy a single set of equipments and the best of them, consult the same physician and even design or purchase a single workout program.
Body builders who train in a group, whether at college or in a particular neighborhood, always share the gained information between themselves. When one of them makes a finding, hears something important or gets some crucial advice, he or she shares the secrets with his or her buddies and thus making the process of learning the body building ropes much faster and easier.
However, despite these advantages, there are a score of limitations initiated by peer pressure. Peers can lead a body builder into anabolic steroids and supplements. It’s easier to get hooked with friends than it is alone. Secondly, most people overtrain and end up hurting their muscles just because a fellow body builder is still working out when we reach our optimal point. Groups perpetuate overtraining by disregarding individual intensity abilities. There is also a loss of personal identity in group training where members chase group goals in total respite of personal objectives.
However, when the pros and cons are considered, body building with peers remains a viable strategy to maximize body building gains. The requirement is to have a personal drive that is distinct from that of the group.