I have a workout buddy. Cool guy, very young. 20 years old. Fairly strong with upper-body but still obviously a beginner in lifting. VERY smart and really friendly.
I’ve been working out with him for a few weeks now and noticed that compared to puny little me, despite the fact that I’ve only been heavy squatting for 5 weeks and him training for a few months, his squat is complete garbage compared to mine. There’s no better way to say it.
Now, he’s been my friend for a relatively short time. I am not sure if the rapport is there yet to where I can comfortably drill-sergeant his butt so he’d do better, but it’s a little hard on my conscience to let him go without me helping him a bit. In my short time knowing him, I’ve already witnessed him skip TWO leg days with a silly excuse of “I think I’m overtraining.” This was TWICE.
Right now, I’m unemployed. He works full time. But I’ve been in a job where I was working 40-hours a week and still did a crazy high-frequency training program that was brutal in the mind and body, and survived with good gains. I don’t think he has an excuse. If he had another time-consuming hobby I’d understand, but all his life is right now is work and workout. He barely even play his video games, otherwise me and him would talk about them nonstop as I myself love video games.
I was wondering how I should approach him about it, or even whether or not I should…
Should I just suck it up and stay silent? Or will he appreciate my tough-love? How would you deal with this kind of scenario in your life?
Many thanks, folks.