Top 5 Reasons to Find a Workout Buddy (and 3 must-try partner exercises)
By: Beth Howell
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting with a longtime friend. We were consistent workout buddies for 10 years. We both had three children during that time frame. Our years of workouts have spanned pregnancies, personal goals, training for events and even recovering from injuries. Although we are now separated by several states and many miles, when we do get together, we make it a priority to squeeze in a good workout. We have been, and continue to be, an inspiration to each other in our continued pursuit of health and wellness.
When was the last time you worked out with a partner? If you don’t regularly look for someone to exercise with you, give it a try! The perks are many, and here are a few to get you started:
- Accountability – A specific time and place makes it difficult to find a reason to skip your workout. No one wants to let a buddy down! Write it in your calendar so it seems like more of a commitment.
- Motivation – Don’t we all respond to words of encouragement? Who better to give them than a friend during the last few difficult reps of an exercise? Call a friend when you need that extra push to get out of bed and into yoga class!
- Safety – That could mean simply having someone with you on an early morning run or your own personal spotter during an exercise. It never hurts to have an extra set of trusted eyes and ears.
- Camaraderie – What about the element of sheer friendship? A common bond, a pursuit of health, conversation and enjoyment of time shared with each other. Working out with a friend can be a great way to bond over a common love of fitness.
- Cost Effective – Training with a partner can also save your wallet! Adding a partner to your personal training sessions can significantly reduce the cost, so you can put the savings towards that pair of yoga pants you’ve been eyeing. When it comes to personal training, the more the merrier!
The next time you head to the gym, grab a friend and some bands and try the following exercises:
Chest Press – One partner holds each handle of the band while the other stands behind them holding the middle of the band, just far enough to place light tension on the band. The partner holding the handles will begin with her hands by her chest and steadily press out until arms are straight, but elbows are not locked. Slowly return handles to sides of the chest and repeat 8-12 times, then switch!
Jump Squats – One partner holds both handles of the bands while the other steps inside the middle of the band. The partner in the band prepares by getting in a squat stance then jumps forward as far as possible, landing in a low squat using the arms for momentum. Repeat 8-12 times, then switch!
Bicep Curls – One partner kneels while holding both handles of the resistance band while the other holds the middle of the band, palms facing in. The standing partner curls the band in, moving her arms from a 90-degree angle all the way up to the chest. Repeat 8-12 times, then switch!
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