When I started training my original training partner was/is one of closest friends. Gradually, there were a group of us - another friend would join, then another, then another. There would be anywhere from 4-6 people training all the time. All but one beginner (who is still a regular training partner) quit, eventually.
Now, I actually LOVE training myself. However, when we had our little training crew, and especially when this strongman/powerlifter joined it, I seen the value in training with others. The technique feed back, the coaching cues, accountability, etc. Also, being riled when some of the others were being annoying, mostly because I wasn't quite in the zone and they would purposely get under my skin - you need that!
Anyway, 6 became 5, then 4, 3, 2..... For a while 1, but that beginner didn't quit, e immersed himself in Thai Boxing. Now it's boxing, but he's back training 4 x/week with me, too, so he can't really be lumped into the same category as the others.
I guess since i'm nearly 30 I reflect a lot more. Also, I can see another training crew forming. Made a client a training partner, then this 17 year old with freak strength and determination (seriously!), and another 17 year old competitive boxer. So, i'm back up to 2-4 anytime I train.
So, one of the original beginners who fell by the wayside, naturally, I'm pestering him to come back. Saying it's just like before. He had a lot of potential, he got stronger and put some size on pretty quickly. Couldn't believe he eventually quit. Anyway, he, and the other quitters are obsessed now with none other than Black Ops.
For the last 2-3 months, he's been saying he's had to work late, not really had time, too tired, etc. Then, recently he showed me the new black ops and pulled up his stats.
Since it came out, in November 6th (i think), he's played it for 2 and a half weeks. WEEKS. There's 168 hours in 1 week. 2 weeks is 336 hours. Lets call the total 420 hours.
If he trained 4 x per week, 1 hour each session, every week from November to the end of this month, that's 12 hours.
So, he can find 420 hours to play black ops, but not 12 hours to go make himself better, over a 3 hour period.
Talk about putting things into perspective.