Today I am going to explain the concept of partner training. Partner training is essentially a workout that involves performing joint exercises with at least one other person or more. There are a ton of benefits to partner training, including:
1.) Social Support and Accountability
2.) No Equipment Needed
3.) Provides a Ton of Variety
4.) Breeds Competition and Drives Better Results
5.) It’s FUN!
Partner training definitely spices things up in our boot camps from time to time. The inner freaks seem to come out of the woodwork whenever people workout with someone else- you are simply pushed to the limit and there is no better way to make your body change and break out of a frustrating training rut. My clients and I always joke that we hear the most ridiculous grunts and animal sounds during partner workouts, ha!
But, being that it’s the most important holiday of the year (yep, I was laying down some serious sarcastic undertones there), let’s make today’s partner training workout a little more romantic.
So grab your Valentine and try this baby out!
The Valentine’s Day Workout for Couples- Tabata Style Partner Training
This 20-minute total body partner workout will consist of all body weight-based exercises. For each exercise at each outlined station below you will alternate between 20 s of work and 10 s of rest. You will repeat this 30-second sequence eight times for four total minutes followed by a one-minute rest and transition before moving on to the next station listed:
Station#1- Partner Push-up-Row Combo
Partner Push-ups: Hold your partner’s feet from a standing position as they do as many push-ups as they can, then switch roles
Partner Rows: Hold your partner’s hands from a standing position as they do as many body weight rows as they can, then switch roles
Station #2- Partner Resisted Stationary Lunges- Static or Dynamic
Partner Lunges: Drop into a deep lunge position and hold as your partner applies downward force on your shoulders for you to fight against, then switch roles (can also be done with manual resistance in full range reps)
Station #3- Partner Resisted Plank Circuit
Partner Planks: Get into a front plank position and hold as your partner applies downward force with hands on your ribcage, then switch roles (alternate between front and L/R Side Pillars)
Station #4- Partner Resisted Squats- Static or Dynamic
Partner Squats: Drop into a deep squat position and hold as your partner applies downward force on your shoulders for you to fight against, then switch roles (can also be done with manual resistance in full range reps)
Now go ask someone to be your valentine and crank it! And for all of you husband and wife Valentine's, they say that sweat-driven pheromones are one of nature’s most powerful aphrodisiacs… you tell me ;)
And of course, enjoy a little post-workout dip in the HA-TUB!
Until next time...
FastFit Training & Fitness
PS - A little Will Ferrell inspiration in this one if you couldn't tell