UPCOMING EVENTS

Planet Fitness suggests buddy system for motivation

Gym members demonstrate the buddy system.

Every month, we like to share tips and experienced advice on how to get the best experience possible from your Planet Fitness workout. Here is another idea to help and keep you engaged. Find yourself a gym buddy.

There’s great motivation in pursuing your workout goals with a partner. Holding each other accountable is a valuable source of inspiration and encouragement. A friend working beside you can help you shake up and improve your routine.

Here are some ideas for buddy exercises that can be fun and effective. Of course, before you start it's always a good idea to warm up. Choose a mild activity to help get a quick sweat going. Something simple like 10 minutes of walking on a treadmill or on the elliptical machine can get your body ready to work. After you two have warmed up, try a few of these workouts for two:

Overhead pass with squat

Stand back-to-back with your partner, separated by a few inches. Holding a medicine ball overhead, pass it backward to your partner. Then, both of you squat as you move the ball down to the floor. Your partner should then roll it between their legs, back to you, before you both return to the starting position. After a few sets, switch places, so you each have a chance to lift and roll the ball. Together decide how many repetitions you want to do and keep track of them, and all your exercises, on your Planet Fitness app to monitor your progress so you can improve over time.

Sit-up pass

With feet flat on floor and knees bent, each partner lies on their back. One of you then holds the medicine ball extended overhead. Simultaneously do a sit-up and pass the ball to each other at the top of the movement, then lower back to the floor. The partner with the medicine ball taps it on the floor behind them before repeating the sit-up and continuing to pass the ball back and forth.

Push-up with shoulder tap

Face your buddy as you both assume a high-plank position, then do a push-up together. At the top of your push-up, tap your partner's left shoulder with your right hand as they do the same. With each push-up, alternate hands and shoulder taps. This is a good opportunity for some friendly competition. Who will last longer and do the most shoulder taps? You'll both be strengthening your arms and core while having fun.

Body weight squat

Standing at an arm's length away, face your partner. Gently grip each other's forearms while keeping your feet slightly wider than your hips. Squat together in unison, and as your thighs become parallel with the floor, hold the position momentarily. Then return to standing position and repeat.

As always, please consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise program. Planet Fitness Alhambra, 610 E. Valley Blvd., is open and fully staffed 24/7. For more information, please contact the club at 626-576-8800.

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