Working out can be challenging. Finding the time, finding the energy and finding the motivation are not always easy. At the end of the day, you’re tired from a full day; in the morning, you may have to choose between a workout and an extra hour of sleep and the bed is warm and comfy.
If you’re struggling with finding the motivation to work out, you may benefit from having an exercise partner. There are many reasons why this works so well. It’s part accountability, part competition and part just plain fun.
Normally, when you workout solo, you are the only one being let down if you don't show up. If you add a partner to your workout, you’re less likely to cancel your workout because you don't want to let down your partner.
Healthy competition is fun and motivational, both of which you get when you work out with a partner. Also, time spent exercising with a friend is more social, which is good for you and makes you look forward to and enjoy your routine that much more.
What Exercises Can I Do With A Partner?
Here are some easy and fun exercises for two to try with your partner. Common equipment you can use includes a medicine ball, bosu ball and resistance bands.
1. Squat Jump: Try this with a resistance band. Each of you hold one end of the band, facing each other with enough distance to create good tension. Squat and jump (simultaneously, of course).
2. Lunge To Chest Pass: This is a great dynamic exercise to do with a medicine ball. Face your partner, staying about 3 to 5 feet apart. Now, you do a forward lunge, tossing the ball toward your standing partner. Then you get back into the standing position, ready to catch the ball from your lunging partner.
3. Overhead Pass With Squat: Stand back to back, raising the ball above your head and passing it to your partner. Both of you squat down and in that position pass the ball back.
4. Sit-ups Pass: Face each other and pass the ball back and forth as you do your sit-ups.
These are just a few of the many exercises you can do with a partner.
A personal trainer is part coach, instructor and partner. Ralph Roberts can design a custom exercise plan that works for you or you and a partner. He’ll help keep you motivated and accountable. You can find Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.