If you are bringing a guest to Youfit with your LimeCard Membership and aren’t engaging in partner exercises, then you might be missing out on a fun way to enhance your workout. Training with a partner can be beneficial for a multitude of reasons, such as increased motivation and accountability. Most importantly, training with a partner opens up a whole new pool of workouts to choose from. When exploring the options of exercises to do with a partner, the list is virtually endless, so we have compiled our favorites here:
Partner Lateral Squat Walks engage the core, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Begin standing back-to-back with your partner with your backs and shoulders pushing against each other. Lower yourselves down together into a squat position at a 90 degree bend. Then both take a step simultaneously to the side and repeat for 40 seconds.
The Side-Plank Pass targets shoulders, obliques, and core. Start by lying on one side of your body with your partner lying next to you, facing the same way. Begin by lifting up one dumbbell with your free hand up in the air and then lowering it to pass it underneath your torso to your partner. Have your partner take the dumbbell from below your torso and raise it straight up in line with his or her shoulder, where he or she would then pass it off to your raised hand. Repeat this process for 20 seconds, then switch positions with your partner.
A fun, yet challenging exercise to do with your partner is the high five push-up. Face your partner with your shoulders aligned, lying stomach-down on the ground. Perform a push-up. While at the top of the position, with your arms locked, raise your right arm and give your friend a high five with his or her right hand. Alternate hands after each push-up and do four sets of these for 30 seconds with a 30 second rest.
With the Sit up and Reach exercise, you will have to face your partner sitting down with your feet together. Perform a sit up along with your partner, and once you both reach the top, reach for each other’s opposite shoulder. Perform this motion for 15 to 20 reps.