Partner Workouts are Double the Fun

Todd Durkin balancing a kettleball during bootcamp
Todd Durkin balancing a kettleball during bootcamp
I’m at the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute, and took a class yesterday with Todd Durkin,MA, a Boot Camp master. His energy and excitement were contagious! He reminded me that fitness needs to be fun. He had us doing military chants, high-fiving and competing in ladder/Bosu ball races. Most of the exercises were completed with a partner, so we learned a lot about teamwork. I even sat on my partner’s back and did full sit-ups. But that’s another story.

Your assignment? Find a partner who likes training — it could be your spouse, your child or a friend. Bounce a medicine ball to each other and change up the way you bounce it — overhead, chest-to-chest, etc. Do push ups facing each other and high-five opposite hands every time you lift. Use tubing where one person holds the tubing in the middle for leverage, while the other person does tricep presses or bicep curls or squats with press backs — then switch places. There are a million different ways to workout with a partner. Just have fun with it!

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