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What do you do when someone wants to be your workout partner but wants to change your workout?

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The other day I had a friend join me for one of my hill hikes. I think he enjoyed it enough that he decided to take me up on the offer to workout a couple days a week. As you know if you read this blog at all, I’m all about CrossFit. I’ve tried all the other programs out there etc… and honestly, although brutal at times, CrossFit’s my cup of tea.

 

My workout partner told me recently that I would be on my own because CrossFit was just to hard. So I was excited that I might get another partner so soon. That excitement faded pretty quickly when my soon to be new partner told me that he’d workout, but there was no way he was doing CrossFit. Needless to say the rest of the conversation went downhill, if you’ve met me I can be pretty blunt, which sometimes is not my best trait.

The other day I had a friend join me for one of my hill hikes. I think he enjoyed it enough that he decided to take me up on the offer to workout a couple days a week. As you know if you read this blog at all, I’m all about CrossFit. I’ve tried all the other programs out there etc… and honestly, although brutal at times, CrossFit’s my cup of tea.

 

My workout partner told me recently that I would be on my own because CrossFit was just to hard. So I was excited that I might get another partner so soon. That excitement faded pretty quickly when my soon to be new partner told me that he’d workout, but there was no way he was doing CrossFit. Needless to say the rest of the conversation went downhill, if you’ve met me I can be pretty blunt, which sometimes is not my best trait.

So I basically say, well I’m not doing another workout, I do CrossFit and if you want to workout with me that’s what I do. He says that back in his day he could destroy me in the gym and of course I have to top him. I tell him that I’d rather follow a workout plan that has given me my results instead of the one that gave him his.

His next response was simple and to the point. You’re a real prick! And if you want a workout partner your gonna have to give. I said, I never asked for a workout partner, so either you follow along or forget it.

Long story short, after the back and forth I was able to convince him to give CrossFit a try. I’ve had this same conversation several times over the years, regarding different workouts, and it never really goes well. Maybe he was right and I am a prick.

Although I could have worded my response better, which I often forget to do, I have to get my point across. I have goals, I have a program I love and follow, and it’s my gym. Take it or leave it, I’m not changing.

So do you think I should have handled the situation differently? Do you think I should allow someone to come in and change things up on a whim?

Please give me your input.

 

See you in the hills.

Lance

 

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