While we may not all be able to workout with a partner, studies show that those of us who do, will realize greater gains in the gym. It’s nice to have someone there to coach you and motivate you, but to get the most out of your gym partner, you need to push each other to the max. By directly competing against your partner you will see gains you never thought possible.
The following workout is intended for two individuals who are close to one another in fitness ability and strength. This workout can be performed 3 days a week. Any more than that and you risk over training considering it hits the entire body and each exercise is performed to extreme exhaustion.
Your partner and you will each perform the same exercises back to back. While you can mix up the exercises, some staples that your training session should always include are:
- Bench Press
- Military Press
- Wide-grip Pullups
Feel free to add your own exercises in there to target certain areas of your body. Once you have your list of exercises, write them down on a sheet of paper.
Starting at the top, perform each exercise. Partner 1 will perform the exercise until failure, then immediately pass the weight to Partner 2. Partner 2 will perform the exercise until he fails, then immediately pass it back to Partner 1. You proceed like this until one person cannot perform even one rep or quits!
Go down the list and score 1 point for whoever quits first or cannot perform one more rep. By doing this for a variety of compound exercises you will perform a total body shock. This is likely something you have never done to your body before. Prepare for massive soreness, but fantastic gains in the weeks ahead.
Doing a workout like this solo is almost impossible. The mental block is simply too great for most people. Having a partner there provides the mental cushion needed to perform this. Your competitive juices will kick in as you try to out lift your partner. The results are great gains for everyone, and a more enjoyable way to pass your time in the gym.