September 25 2015
Why one runner decided to take a step back from running and join a gym.
A support system is the best way to stick to your workout plan. Plus it’s always fun to have a sweat-session partner in crime.
How many times have you gone to the gym and talked yourself out of doing that last exercise, or just lacked the discipline to get there in the first place? This is when peer pressure can be a good thing. A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh found that people who tried to lose weight with a friend had better results after four months than those who went it alone.
Whether your goal is to drop pounds, to increase your strength or to become a faster runner, there’s nothing like a buddy to keep you accountable and motivated.
Take this full-body circuit to the gym with a friend and get it done. The workout starts off with two partner exercises. Once you have finished these you’ll each perform a complex metabolic circuit of four exercises, switching between which person is working and which person is resting. Remember to keep it positive and help your buddy count her reps!
What You Need
Medicine Ball (4–8 pounds)
Dumbbells (5–15 pounds)