Buddy Up at the Gym and Try These 14 Fun Tricks!
For most people, working out and trips to the gym are largely solitary activities. Buddying up, however, might be exactly what you need, to increase your motivation and help you to reach your goals. Having a gym partner means that you’re accountable to someone else and, in turn, more likely to stick to a program if you have someone motivating you in the background or even waiting for you to show up. Once you’ve found a friend with similar levels of fitness and goals, you’re ready to try out these 14 exercises!
#1 High-Five Push-ups
Standard push-ups are tough at the best of times, but you can really up the ante with a friend. Work the core, chest, shoulders & triceps and at the top of each rep, raise your right arms to give a sideways high-five. You could also lift a leg instead to create an imbalance.
You should remember this from your childhood or even P.E. class at school, but did you know it’s actually very good for you? Get your heart rate up, build strength and endurance at the same time!
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#3 Squat Seesaw
Get your hands on a resistance band for this one. Stand facing your partner and while one partner stands tall with their arms extended overhead, the other pulls the band down with straight arms and goes into a squat position. Alternate between standing and squatting, pulling the band in a seesaw motion, keeping the band taught throughout the exercise and move in coordination with your partner.
#4 Medicine Ball Twist Pass
This pair exercise can be performed sitting down, on your knees, or standing up. Great for abs and obliques, you should start slowly, gradually increasing speed throughout the set.
#5 Medicine Ball Sit-ups
Spice up the humble sit-up and make them fun again with a friend. Lie opposite each other toe-to-toe with knees bent. Hold the medicine ball at your chest, and exhale as you sit up into a seated position and toss or hand the ball to your partner.
#6 Burpee Over Plank
Combine two exercises for a great partner workout. While one person assumes the plank, the other performs a burpee next to their partner before jumping laterally over the planker’s legs.
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#7 Lunges For Two
You can throw in a weight here and pass it between yourself and your partner, while simultaneously performing forward and reverse lunges.
#8 Back-to-Back Wall Sit
Stand back-to-back and then slowly lower down into a seating position. You can either hold this position for a set time or else you could pass a soft weight back and forth over your heads while maintaining your balance.
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#9 Leg Throws
A classic two-person exercise which will do wonders for building those dream abs. You can target obliques by pushing your partner’s legs down to their left hand side and then to the right.
#10 Synchronized Reverse Crunches
Make your abs feel the burn with this awesome exercise. It requires a great deal of coordination so steady each other by locking arms for stability and balance.
#11 The Ab Box
This really makes incredible use of your two bodies. Begin with one partner lying flat on the ground while the other positions themselves on top as if doing a push-up. Grab each other’s ankles and, as the bottom person performs a sit-up, the partner raises their body with legs and arms straight, so that a square shape is formed. Return slowly to the starting position and repeat.
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#12 Battle Ropes
Battle ropes look awesome and can be used effectively for a number of brilliant cardio and strength building exercises. What could possibly make them any better? A friend, of course!
#13 Trunk Rotation
Target your abdominals, obliques and shoulders, with this resistance band exercise.
No matter what you decide to do with your workout buddy, make sure that you have fun. Having a partner can be incredibly motivating and spur you on to meet and exceed your health goals, as well as building your friendship!
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