The name “Push Partner” was coined by an old coach of mine, but the concept is nothing novel. The concept of having a push partner was introduced to me in college, when rules prevented schools from holding organized practices during the winter break. So, my coach separated the team in pairs. The function of the pairings were to train together. Not only were we paired up to get our required work done, we were partnered up to compete against each other.
The competition and accountability of having another person breathing down your neck can be a power training tool. While we won’t be officially pairing our students up to compete against each other, I think it is worth experimenting with. These relationships don’t need to be declared or forced to work.
Do you have a push partner? Is there a name on the board that you like to compare your efforts to? I know for me, I love to compete against Coach Shawn and Kyle. I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to create a little friendly competition in your head against a similar student in class. Keep it to yourself, but compete nonetheless. Results and plenty of fun are sure to follow.
Let the games begin!
25 Russian KBS (53/70) between sets