Remember at school when you’d always look forward to that class you had with your best friend? It didn’t matter that it was maths and you were learning algebraic equations because having your BFF there made it a good time (albeit a lot harder to concentrate!) That’s the thing about friends — they make everything about 10 times more enjoyable. Good company can transform even the sweatiest, most painful workout into a fun occasion. There’s a reason so many of world’s fittest women swear by working out with a mate! Not only does having a training buddy keep you accountable and motivated throughout, it can also help you actually look forward to your workouts! In case you’re in need of some inspiration, we’ve rounded up 7 of our fave partner workouts. And if they’re not challenging enough for you, we guarantee the core workout you’ll get from laughing will be!
The ‘Grab Your Girl And Go’ Workout
Who better to look to for a great partner workout than real life BFFLs, Tone It Up’s Karena and Katrina? This body weight workout is a great one to do if you and your bestie are heading to the beach and want to smash out a quick 10 minute session while you’re there.
The 15 Minute ‘Shred Camp’ Workout
So you and your main girl had one too many vinos last night and are in need of an intense workout to sweat out the hangover? Look no further than this one from BeFit’s Maddy and Amanda. It may only be 15 minutes long, but we guarantee that’s all you’ll need to work up a serious sweat.
The Pilates Partner Workout
If you and your BFFL are more about Pilates than Plyometrics, you’ll love this buddy workout from Body Inspired Fitness’ Angela Parker One person has to ‘lead’ with this one, so you might have to play a game of rock, paper, scissors first to decide who’s in charge!
The Boxing Workout
Boxing is the classic partner exercise: it’s a lot more fun to do it with a friend than with an inanimate punching bag! This 30 minute workout from Move Your Asana is a great opportunity for you and your bestie to bring out your competitive sides — and have an awesome time doing it!
When it comes to workout equipment, kettlebells are as versatile as it gets. You can use them for both strength and HIIT workouts — and this partner sequence from fitness YouTuber Brittany van Schravendijk is a great combination of both!
This Victoria’s Secret Model-Approved Workout
Victoria Secret models Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes might just be the most babein’ pair of besties ever. So, when they share the partner workouts they do to prepare for the fashion show, we definitely take note! Here are the exact reps the trainers at NYC’s Dogpound gym put the girls through to get them VS-ready.
Plyometric step ups: 20 each leg
Partner push-ups: 10 each arm
Partner leg throws: 12 each way
Single leg ballet lifts on bosu ball: 12 each side
I mean, you could do this high intensity dance workout from BeFIT’s Keaira LaShae by yourself. But where’s the fun in that? We say round up a friend (or five), pump up the jams and have an impromptu dance party in the lounge room! Disco ball optional.