How to Plan a Partner Workout (Plus the Workout)

Even if the sweat session is a tough one, a partner can help you celebrate your hard work. It’s not hard to get friends to workout once or twice, but if you want a gym buddy who will see you through the highs and plateaus, you’ll want to take a strategic approach to finding a partner.

Here are four things you’ll want to make sure you share in common:

  1. Approach. If you’re both ready to make a slow and steady attack on a goal, or blast through a 30-day challenge, congratulations, you’re a great match. If you have different approaches in mind, you’re more likely to part ways.
  2. Dedication. Workout partners show up for one another, and hold each other accountable, as well. You’ll want to make sure you both can resist the snooze button.
  3. Schedule. A morning person and a night owl may be able to find a time that works well to work out. If your other commitments put your schedules at odds, you might need to find another partner.
  4. Appreciation. Make sure you’re both capable of being one another’s biggest cheerleaders when the going gets tough, as well as respecting those times when injury or illness deserve a time-out or a change in plans.

Just like partners, some workout moves lend themselves to a great buddy workout. Here are a few of our favorites!

Instructions: Perform each move for 60 seconds, resting 30 seconds between each exercise. Repeat the entire circuit through, and repeat twice for a longer workout.


Fast Feet Face-Off

Side Lunge to Hip-Opener Stretch


Push-Up With Low-Five

Lateral Ball Toss

Side Lunge With Medicine-Ball Reach

Kettlebell Deadlift to Lateral Shuffle

Sit-Up With Medicine-Ball Toss


Hamstring and Hip-Pull Stretch

Side Lunge to Shoulder Stretch

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