We have discussed the emotional benefits of having a competitive relationship with your partner
, so now it’s time to talk about the physical. Working out with someone-whether it be your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling, isn’t just more fun-it’s proven to push you harder than you might have yourself
. To test this theory in real life, we have come up with a total body tone workout that you can do with your workout buddy of choice, below.
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PARTNER PISTOL SQUAT:
Stand facing your partner at arm’s length, clasping hands between you. Use the tension to squat down on one leg, while elevating the other leg in a straight line. Do 10 reps on each leg.
Assume the plank position while your partner gets into a single-leg bridge, resting their “planted leg” on your back while bending their free leg. Hold steady while your partner lowers their butt to the floor and presses back up, 10-15 times. Switch roles.
Start in a full push up position and have your partner in a squatting position behind you so that they can easily grab your feet. Do as many push-ups as you can while maintaining good form. Switch and have your partner do the push-ups while you hold their feet.
Stand a foot from a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lean back and slide down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the floor and yours knees are directly over your ankles. Hold your arms (add optional: medicine ball or free weight) above your head, against the wall. Your partner should stand a foot or so in front of your feet, facing away and resting their palms on your knees with their fingers facing forward. As you maintain your wall sit, your partner should lower into a dip, pressing up and repeating to complete 20 total. Switch positions so both partners do both a wall sit and dip.
You and your partner both lie on your stomachs, facing one another. Keeping your elbows underneath your shoulders, palms flat on the ground and toes tucked, lift up into a plank. Reach forward to touch your partner’s opposite hand. Switch arms and lower your body to the ground. Repeat this 12 times.
Get into a plank position on your forearms with your partner standing beside you. While you hold the plank, your partner will side jump over you 15 times. Switch so you complete the squat jumps while your partner planks.
**Repeat entire circuit 3 times.
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Photography: Ben Rosser