I work with a training partner and he rules. I seem to accomplish things I never could on my own, mainly because we’re always jacked up and excited before we work out. Our 3x/week total body training is a freakin event for us. We nail our pre-work out meals, listen to some hardcore metal before we go down to the U of Wash. IMA (which is awesome by the way) and rock it. Amazing weight room for a college. True T-Man territory - minimal female population, (they stay upstairs on the machines and cardio equipment) guys workin hard, and just lifting heavy. I recently put up a 1/rm of 200lbs on the bench press which came out of nowhere for me (I’m 5’8" 131lbs, bulking at the moment).
It wasn’t always like this. I had to build him up to be a quality training partner, educating him in Berardi and the ways of the T-Man. He has been saved from lifting light to get cut, and having really just started working out like a T-Nation reader 3 weeks ago, has put an additional 45lbs onto his bench press.
So my advice, when in doubt, sucker one of your friends into lifting heavy