8 Really Effective Workouts to do with a Partner

In the spirit of February, we decided to tell you about our absolute favourite partner workouts. These partner workouts are perfect to do at the gym, at home and with a spouse, friend or family member.

Our Favourite Partner Workouts

Back to Back Russian Twists

Using a medicine ball, sit with your partner back to back. With a tall posture twist from side to side and pass the medicine ball to your partner. Make sure to change directions halfway through.

Sit Up Pass

Laying on your back feet to feet with your partner, both participants perform a sit up. At the top of the sit up the partner with the ball tosses the ball (lightly) to the other partner. Both participants lay down then repeat.

Push Up Shoulder Tap

Face your partner and come into a high plank position. In unison, you’ll each perform a push-up, dropping chest to the ground while keeping core tight and legs straight. Push back up and at the top of your push-up position, lift right hand and tap your partner’s left shoulder (so you’ll be tapping the shoulder of the non-lifted hand, straight across from you). Repeat, alternating the shoulder that you tap after each push-up.

Full Plank Reach

Partners will hold a high plank, head-to-head with about one foot between them throughout. From high plank, both partners lift right hand and reach toward the opposite shoulder on their partner. Replace right hand, and as quickly as possible, repeat on the left side.

Partner Body Weight Squat

Stand facing your partner at arm’s length, feet slightly wider than hip width, grasping each other’s forearms. Maintaining a secure grip, lower into a squat by sending hips back, bending both knees equally, and keeping core tight. Hold for a moment, then slowly return to starting position.

Partner Squat and Push Up

Assume a plank position and have your partner pick up your feet. Do a push-up—keeping elbows tucked and lowering slowly—while your partner squats down. As you push back into a plank, have your partner slowly stand back up. Switch positions.

Glute Bridge

Laying on the ground feet to feet with your partner, place the bottoms of your feet together in the air with knees bent. Engage your glutes and hamstrings and push against your partner’s feet with equal amounts of pressure as you both lift your hips off the ground into a bridge

Reverse Row and Plank Hold

Have one partner lie face-up with the other partner standing over them, feet on either side of their hips and knees slightly bent. Hold each other’s forearms with locked arms. If you are standing, bend your elbows and pull your partner towards you as if you are performing a row, while they maintain a straight line with their body and keep their heels on the ground. Repeat for all reps, then switch positions so the standing partner is now performing the plank and vice versa.

Let us know if you have any other favourite partner workouts that you think we should add to this list!

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