The At-Home Workout Circuit You Can Do With a Partner

There are endless reasons to work out with a partner; it’s more fun, it keeps you accountable, it will all but certainly give you that extra push you need to get to the next level in your athletic pursuits… and hey, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. Working out with a partner also allows you to use your muscles differently and, in many cases, more efficiently. There are plenty of fat-burning, calorie-blasting moves you can do in the comfort of your own home, none of which require anything other than your body weight. We asked Amy Opielowski, the senior manager of classroom experience at CorePower Yoga, to show us five such moves.

Do each of these five exercises for one minute, taking a 15 to 30 second break in between each move. Repeat the circuit for a total of three times.

Partner plank to forearm plank push-up


Source: Amy Opielowski

  • You and your partner will start in plank position. Make sure you are head to head with your partner, hands under shoulders, and a straight line from your heel to your head.
  • Lower down to forearm plank.
  • One hand at a time, push-up back to plank pose.
  • Clap opposite hand to hand at top, repeat with other hand.
  • Repeat for 1 minute.

Partner cardio squat hold


Source: Amy Opielowski

  • One partner holds a static squat with arms extended out at shoulder height and the other partner performs high knees into hands.
  • Switch positions after 1 minute.

Partner side plank with isometic chest press


Source: Amy Opielowski

  • Begin in forearm plank facing each other.
  • Press your top palm with your partner’s palm and push as you and stabilize one line from the crown of the head to the heels and the shoulders stacked under the elbow.
  • Hold for 1 minute and switch sides.

Partner support squats


Source: Amy Opielowski

  • Hold each other’s forearms and lower down into a squat.
  • Stand up together.
  • Repeat for 1 minute.

Partner sit-up


Source: Amy Opielowski

  • Connect at heels, and lower down to the ground.
  • Sit-up together
  • Repeat for 1 minute

Looking for another at-home workout? Try any one of these three intense bootcamp routines.

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