How-To: Work Out with Your S.O./BFF

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How-To: Work Out with Your S.O./BFF
How-To: Work Out with Your S.O./BFF

After talking about why we work out together, we wanted to extend some help on how to make it work. Zach has competed in Strongman, CrossFit, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding. On the other hand, I simply like to lift weights to help me feel strong and stay active. He’s been lifting since the age of 16. I’ve been lifting for 2 and a half years. HOW can we make this work?

 

  1. Scale the workout: This is a popular CrossFit term, but it basically just means making the same workout accessible to two different people, based on strength and skill level. That way, you’re both working the same muscle groups and “suffering” together. An example:
    • 5 rounds:
      • 200m farmers carry: He used 65lb DBs in each hand, I used 25lb DBs
      • 20 push-ups: He did push-ups, I did incline push-ups on a tire
      • 10 DB push jerks: He used 60lb DBs, I used 25lb DBs
  2. Partner workouts: Choose a set of reps and movements. Person A completes as many as they can of the movement until he/she can no longer go. Once person A puts the weight down to rest, person B carries on with as many as he/she can handle, until you reach the total reps. This past weekend, we tried working it out a different way. We shared some of the equipment and just took turns until each person completed:
    • 30 hang power cleans
    • 60 kettlebell swings
    • 30 step-ups each leg
    • 60 goblet squats
    • 60 dumbbell snatches
    • 60 abmat sit-ups
  3. Separate between being the S.O./BFF and being the coach: This was certainly a tricky one for me having been a coach/personal trainer for the last six years. I am very accustomed to pushing people, correcting form, and well….being a coach or a teacher in the weight room. I am not so accustomed to having a workout partner that just wants to have fun, get stronger and get their heart rate up. This is a very fine line. My wife is a badass…but she really doesn’t have any aspirations of competing or trying to set any state or national records. She does this because she knows it is important to me, but she has also grown to love it. Your S.O. may not want to be a National Champion, they just want to have fun and spend time with you. If your partner looks like they are going to hurt themselves or they are really missing the mark with form or technique then absolutely (respectfully) correct them and offer them advice. But do remember: they are there for their own reasons and their own motives that must be respected and appreciated.

 

LAUREN: Top // Shorts // Shoes // Watch ZACH: Top //Shorts // Shoes // Socks // Watch

Do you have any tips for working out with a partner? If so, comment below! We’d love to hear what works for YOU!

11 Comments
  • Kylie says:

    Love this concept! I was really thankful for my husband when I started lifting weights because he was able to show me how all the machines worked at the gym! Working out together is a ton of fun! Thanks for sharing your workout tips!

  • My husband and I have different styles in the gym, so working out together does not always WORK OUT. We have to remember we have different goals and different ways to achieve them, but they both work and that’s okay! Y’all are too cute and I love seeing the pics of you having fun while working out.

    • powercleansandpinotnoir@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Stephanie! We can definitely relate to having different goals when it comes to nutrition, and you’re right–it’s okay!

  • This is awesome. A-your photos are adorable. B- Y’all are adorable C- Love the last tip. It’s so important to be respectful, but also helpful. And you’re right, your wife is a badass.

  • I love the idea about respecting one another’s purpose in the gym; it definitely doesn’t always have to be a competition that is incentive for working out. my SO often comes to my workouts and fitness events, mostly because he knows I enjoy it but primarily because we like doings things together. I can definitely relate!

  • Mai Lyn Ngo says:

    Love these tips and these are the cutest pictures!!!! You guys are definitely relationship goals. hahah

  • I see where you are coming from on that fine line… I would appreciate feedback and want my partner help correct my form but at the same time, I probably would be annoyed and insecure if he acted like my coach the whole time..

    • powercleansandpinotnoir@gmail.com says:

      It’s SUCH a fine line and it’s taken us over a year to figure that part of the relationship out! Sometimes it still takes fine-tuning.

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