Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Double Strength

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Double Strength

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It's tough to muster up an excuse to not exercise when you have a partner already waiting for you at the gym. It's even harder to peter out mid-session when your partner's workout depends on your full participation, according to a study cited in a 2012 article published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Tenafly-based personal trainer Marty Hubert sees first-hand the positive effects of partner workouts - something he refers to as a "social contract."

"It's very simple," said Hubert, who is also a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Paramus and Hasbrouck Heights. "It's a motivation and aspiration for each other, and it's easier to keep an appointment with someone else as opposed to just yourself."

Those who don't have the luxury of a workout buddy keep personal trainers like Hubert busy. Some people just need to be prodded, he said.

And exercising together is even better, he added.

"The challenge of competing against someone or pushing someone else actually pushes you," Hubert said.

Ivy Ingram Larson, the star of the "Full Fitness Fusion" DVD, created the following workout in which partners move quickly between exercises to keep their heart rate elevated. Repeat the circuit three times.

Airplanes holding hands

Stand at your partner's side with both hands outstretched to your sides. Stand far enough away from your partner that only your hands are touching. Hold one of your partner's hands while you both face forward, looking in the same direction. Both of you should lean forward at the same time while each lifts one leg up and back. Stretch the leg up and back until your chest, abdomen and legs are parallel to the floor. Hold this position for 3 seconds before returning to an upright position. Repeat 10 times before turning to join opposite hands and exercise other leg.

Tip-toe squats

Face each other with your arms fully extended in front of you, holding hands with your partner. Both should be standing on tiptoes and holding that position for 3 seconds. Next, both should drop into a chair position by bending your knees, squatting down and pushing your behind backward until your thighs are parallel to the floor. While doing this, you should still be on your tiptoes holding hands. Hold the chair position for 3 seconds before lifting back up to the starting position on your toes. Repeat 10 times.

Sidebar:

WORKING OUT WITH YOUR PARTNER

Medicine ball toss

Face your partner while standing 6 feet apart. From a standing position, toss a weighted medicine ball (4 pounds is good for beginners) to your partner, who will catch it while moving into a squat, thighs parallel to the floor. Your partner should toss the ball back to you while rising into a standing position. Each partner should throw and catch the ball 20 times.

Arm resistance shoulder toning

Facing your partner, stand arm's length apart. …

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