For some folks, hitting the gym alone is enjoyable, but for others, it’s a chore. Whether you fall into the former or latter, the key to taking your sweat sessions to the next level could lie in finding yourself a motivating workout buddy. Studies show working out with a friend or mate not only increases motivation, but can double results, and make you happier. Here's even more proof that partner workouts are a good thing:
Picture this: It’s the end of a long day, you’re tired, and the 3:00 pm coffee you drank did nothing. Sound familiar? Having a standing date with a workout buddy will force you to dig deep and show up, even on nights you’d rather skip.
There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition. Seek out a partner who will push you to try a more challenging weight, go for an extra rep, and fight through that hurts-so-good muscle burn or take a Tough Mudder Bootcamp class where you'll get a kickass workout in just 45 minutes.
Having someone to chat with while you log miles almost guarantees a longer cardio session than if you were hitting the pavement (or treadmill) alone.
Unplug and Create Connections
Most gym-goers are plugged in throughout their workout. Sweating with a partner forces you to embark on a mini tech detox. Use the time to create a real connection that’ll leave you feeling happier and healthier when you’re finished.
The Partner Workout:
Start working these 5 do-em-anywhere circuit moves into the next gym sesh with your workout buddy or teammate. Complete 3 full rounds, resting 1 minute inbetween each.
Partner Pushup Squat
While partner A is in a pushup position, partner B holds onto partner A’s ankles. When ready, both partners lower down into either a pushup, or squat, at the same time. Make sure you keep the lines of communication open or the timing will be all wrong. Complete 45 seconds, then switch.
Both partners start face to face in a high plank position. Engage your core and alternate tapping hands.
Assisted Pistol Squats
Face your partner, feet hip-width apart. Hold onto each other’s right hand, lock eyes, then lower down, using each other to balance. Slowly drop into a single leg squat. Once you hit a 90 degree angle, make your way back up. Switch sides.
While partner A is in a forearm plank position, partner B jumps side to side over partner A. Complete 45 seconds, then switch.
2.0 Leg Raises
Partner A lies on the floor, holding onto partner B’s ankles. Partner A then raises both legs up toward partner B who will push them back toward the ground. Make it harder: hold a squat position while pushing your partners feet away. Complete 45 seconds, then switch.
Whether you're just starting your Mudder journey, or you're a seasoned Legionnaire, remember you've been training for this your whole life.
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