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Doubling up: Maximise your workout with a gym buddy

Lacking the motivation to exercise? A gym buddy can bring a competitive edge to your workout

  • By Craig Hawes
  • Published: 09:00 November 30, 2014

Team Squats: 20 Reps
Good for: Lower Body

Make sure your backs are up against each other. Lower your bod until your knees are at 90 degrees. Hold the position for a few seconds, then return to the standing position. Lean on each other for support on getting down and up. Team squats are bet performed with two people of approximately the same weight and height.

Good for: Lower Body exercise



Boxing: 2 minutes
Good for: cardio

You’ll need to get hold of some gloves and pads for this exercise. Throw a balanced combination of left-right jabs at the pads for no less than two minutes. The person wearing the pads should be constantly moving around, not standing static. This exercise will work your heart rate and your shoulders.



Shoulder Press/Lat Raises
Good for: triceps, deltoids

For the shoulder press, stand upright and place the centre of the band under your feet.Keep knees slightly flexed. Grasp both ends and hold hands besides shoulders. Press arms up over head. Keep elbows slightly flexed. Return and repeat. Replicate same motion with dumbbells. Swap roles.

Shoulder Press/Lat Raises

Crunches: 20 Reps
Good for: Abs

Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet interlocking your partner’s. Put your hands behind your head and twist as you come up so that your elbows almost touch your partner’s. Hold at the top of the movement for a second and squeeze hard.



Plyometric Jumps: 1 Minute
Good for: core, back, lower body

Lie down on a mat, facing down and resting on your forearms. Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows. Keep your back as straight as possible and hold the position. Meanwhile, your partner jumps over you from side to side. Keep this up for a whole minute.

Plyometric Jumps

This story first appeared on 4Men on January 13, 2011. Photos by Kishore Kumar

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