Partner Workouts

We all love a good partner workout. Working out alongside your mate always makes the time go by a lot faster. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
  1. You go I go
In this situation where one person is resting while the other person is working, you should be thinking of it as an interval workout. When it’s your go, you should be pushing the pace as hard as you can since you will be getting a rest very soon. If you are moving at the same pace that you would on a solo workout then you are missing the intended stimulus. Push yourself as hard as you can during your working period. When you rest, stay standing while your mate is working, don’t lie down and avoid staying hunched over. This will allow you to catch your breath.
  1. Scale accordingly
This is crucial in this type of workout. A few weeks ago it was a 22 min AMRAP of: 5 thrusters, 10 pull-ups , 15/12 cal row. I do one round, then you do one round. Scaling the reps and the movements will help this. If one partner can get through the 10 pull ups with ease, while the other is struggling to do 5's, then there needs to be an adjustment here. Partner 1 could scale up to chest to bar pull ups, and partner 2 could just do 5 chin over bar pull-ups. This will allow for similar work to rest ratio between them. That way, neither athlete is resting too long and they are both still getting a good workout in. Please don’t be afraid to ask one of the coaches for some scaling options.
  1. Transitions
Smooth transitions in a workout will save time and make the workout more intense and valuable for both of you. For example; if one person is finishing up on the rower, the other person should be standing by the barbell ready to do thrusters. Standing next to them by the rower waiting for them to finish will obviously add to your transition time. Which is what we don’t want to see. Always make sure you're having fun and try to encourage your partner when it’s their turn. Some people don’t like being shouted at, perhaps check with them about that one ;)     By: Matt Jones, Performance Coach