Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and what’s a better way to celebrate love than transforming your body through fitness? Doing it with a partner! You'll not only spend time together, but you'll also work out way harder than if you were going through the motions solo. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a special someone this year. You can grab a friend or coworker to be your fitness buddy. Before working out with your partner, make sure you both take one of our premium pre-workout formulas. Our ingredients increase the blood flow and are packed with nutrients that target your muscle tissue so you and your partner can have killer workouts, push yourselves for those extra reps and really see the results. Partner workouts can be structured in three ways: One partner is working on separate exercises at a time, both partners are working but switch roles when certain benchmarks are hit, or the partners are working on an exercise that requires two people. Here are our top tips to effectively boost performance during partner workouts:
Focus on form
First and foremost, focus on form and technique, instead of trying to show off. This is especially important if you have a highly competitive nature to begin with.
If you're able to pick your partner, it's always best to look for someone around your size and height, but if you happen to be with someone at a differing level, you can make alterations to make sure you’re both putting your best foot forward. You can still have an amazingly effective and fun workouts, but the key is to make sure you talk to your partner and make appropriate modifications.
Run line drills
Running line drills between reps is great for partners, even of different abilities. For example, partner A will run line drills while Partner B completes 10 reps of a lower body strength move, like barbell back squats. If one partner is slower than the other or less advanced, the only impact is having Partner A run longer. They both get added benefits of camaraderie, while not jeopardizing their form.
Jump rope fills gaps
Jump ropes are good for in between exercises. While the other partner might be completing a strength exercise, like a Kettlebell swing, you can complete a set of jump rope revolutions without compromising on form or feeling dragged down by your partner.
Use your partner’s assets
Using your partner’s weight or body as a prop can definitely be challenging. But if you're up to it, those challenges have huge benefits. These workouts offer a ton of stability training, and the unpredictability of the other individual forces your body to work even harder.
Partner for isometric holds
One of the best ways to create interesting partner dynamics in workouts is by having one partner work while the other maintains some a static hold, where the reps only count while one partner is holding. There are several isometric holds that can be used: farmer's walk, double kettlebell front rack carry, hanging from a pull-up bar, deadlift lockout, plank variation, or wall sits.