There’s no denying that partner workouts are effective in keeping you focused on your goals and in keeping you more likely to exercise.  Partner workouts add intensity, motivation and a sense of community, something we take pride in at the NAC with our GroupFit classes and team training options. Here are a few of our favorite, full-body exercises that hit the upper body, lower body and core in a coordinated movement pattern. Try these warm-up moves with your partner before your workout today!:

1. The Mirror Game

  • Partners face each other and take turns leading basic cardio floor exercises&mdashside steps, hamstring curls, jumping jacks, knee lifts, jogging in place, squats, etc.—for 2 minutes.
  • Switch every 20 seconds and keep people moving.
  • Focus on proper form!

2. Patty-Cake Lateral Lunges

  • Partners stand side by side and perform a rocking lateral lunge away from each other.
  • A wide stance ensures knees stay behind toes, with external hip rotation.
  • Reach opposite hand toward knee, then toward partner, twisting trunk to give partner a high-five.
  • Perform 8–16 reps; switch sides by jogging around or hopping to face back.

3. Plié Squat Pass (Lateral)

  • Partners stand back to back in wide plié stance with one light to moderate-weight medicine ball.
  • Partner A holds ball between waist and chest level and twists left to pass ball.
  • Partner B retrieves ball from right.
  • Perform 8–10 reps in each direction to warm up thighs and trunk rotators.
  • Use a moderate tempo (2- or 4-count twists, in each direction) to avoid dizziness.

4. Medicine-Ball Squat Pass (Overhead)

  • Partners stand back to back, a couple of feet apart.
  • Partner A holds a light medicine ball, squats for 2 counts, then rises to stand for 2 counts while pressing ball overhead, reaching back gently to pass ball to partner B.
  • Partner B extends arms overhead, takes ball, and then squats, lifts ball and passes it back.
  • Focus on opening shoulders as you “fire up” back muscles.
  • Have each partner perform 8–10 squats.

Set yourself up for fitness success by teaming up with a group that will help you reach your goals. Interested in team or group training options? We have a team for you! Fill out the form below for more information on all of our awesome teams. We can’t wait to get started!

Working out with a partner or with a coach is extremely beneficial. Being with another person gives you that extra push and will always hold you accountable. Personal trainer Kristen Ramezzana has created a 6-week program in order to help you get ready for the summer! 6 Weeks ‘Til Summer will include:
-Before and after Inbody testing
-Personalized 6-week workout calendar
-One 55-minute group session per week
-2 online workouts per week
-30-minute nutrition consultation with our Registered Dietitian (continued RD services pending on insurance account)
-Recipe e-book

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