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    What to do when everyone keeps asking you to be their training partner??

    I apologize in advance if this isn't the appropriate section to post this question, but I am new to bodybuilding.com and this is my first ever posted question. My question is does anyone else have the problem of everyone asking to be your training partner but haven't figured out a polite way to say no to these people without coming across as an a-hole? Lol I have been fairly successful at creating a muscular physique and I don't mind answering questions between sets every now and then but I honestly prefer to workout alone with just me and my music with no talking, this is how I best enter my zone and state of flow. However, I feel like those people who are asking don't realize how many other people ask to train with me as well and there is no way I could say yes to everyone anyways. I can't be the only one who experiences this issue, how do you handle it without coming across as rude? Any ideas on a good way to handle this are appreciated.
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    Originally Posted by ErikCarranzaFit View Post
    I apologize in advance if this isn't the appropriate section to post this question, but I am new to bodybuilding.com and this is my first ever posted question. My question is does anyone else have the problem of everyone asking to be your training partner but haven't figured out a polite way to say no to these people without coming across as an a-hole? Lol I have been fairly successful at creating a muscular physique and I don't mind answering questions between sets every now and then but I honestly prefer to workout alone with just me and my music with no talking, this is how I best enter my zone and state of flow. However, I feel like those people who are asking don't realize how many other people ask to train with me as well and there is no way I could say yes to everyone anyways. I can't be the only one who experiences this issue, how do you handle it without coming across as rude? Any ideas on a good way to handle this are appreciated.
    I don't experience this issue because I simply don't appear "approachable" in the gym. I think a lot of this has to do with body language and friendly vibes you are giving off, whether consciously or not. I'm always afraid people will interrupt my concentration, so from the beginning I walk onto the floor with the "eye of the tigress" (I look intense..lol), don't make eye contact (even if some are) or smile, warm-up purposefully, etc... In other words, people read my body language to mean I'm all business- works extremely well in most cases. I think if you're new to a certain gym, that's when people are most curious and want to get to know you or ask questions about your training (assuming you look like an expert). But when people approach and you're not interested, just tactfully tell them you appreciate their compliments and you'd be happy to answer a few questions after your training, but you always get the best results training alone. As gbullock bluntly well-stated, they should get the hint fast!
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    personality

    Originally Posted by ErikCarranzaFit View Post
    I apologize in advance if this isn't the appropriate section to post this question, but I am new to bodybuilding.com and this is my first ever posted question. My question is does anyone else have the problem of everyone asking to be your training partner but haven't figured out a polite way to say no to these people without coming across as an a-hole? Lol I have been fairly successful at creating a muscular physique and I don't mind answering questions between sets every now and then but I honestly prefer to workout alone with just me and my music with no talking, this is how I best enter my zone and state of flow. However, I feel like those people who are asking don't realize how many other people ask to train with me as well and there is no way I could say yes to everyone anyways. I can't be the only one who experiences this issue, how do you handle it without coming across as rude? Any ideas on a good way to handle this are appreciated.
    Seems like you just have an outgoing personality. Also maybe you always see the same people at the gym daily so they are developing a connection with you. Perhaps, you have help home acquire gains. Up to you man. A training partner can be good. If your certified train them perhaps under the table. I have done that. Up to you!
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