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Exercises That Require Two People

Exercising on your own can be effective and time-efficient, but working with a partner can be beneficial as well. In addition to having someone to help keep you focused and motivated, working out with someone else can broaden your exercise selection because you can perform exercises that require two people. No matter what your goals, you can benefit from exercises that require two people, as there are moves available for muscles across your body.

Partner Squats

Face your partner and hold onto each other's forearms. Both of you lower back into a squat until your upper legs are parallel to the floor. Balance your weight on the "four corners" of your feet. Rise back up slowly. Do eight to 20 reps.

Kneeling Partner Twist

The kneeling partner twist is an exercise that helps you and your partner train your abdominals at the same time. In addition to a partner, this exercise requires a medicine ball. To perform the kneeling partner twist, kneel holding a medicine ball as your partner kneels behind you, facing the opposite direction. Keep your abs tight and maintain upright posture as you turn and pass the ball to your partner, then turn to your other side to receive the ball. Continue for 90 seconds.

Overhead Medicine Ball Throw

The medicine ball trains your arms, shoulders and chest. Stand in a split-stance about four to five feet away from your partner. You can adjust the distance between you after a couple of test throws. Contract your abs and bending your elbows, raise the medicine ball over and behind your head. Take a step forward and throw the ball to your partner, who will then return the ball to you in the same way.

Standing Row With Resistance Band

Performing the standing row with a resistance band can improve your arm and back strength. To perform this exercise, loop two resistance bands with handles together so you and your partner can each hold a band with both hands. Stand in a split stance far enough away from each other so that the bands are very slightly stretching. At the same time, each of you pull your handles back toward your rib cages; keeping your elbows wide. Each of you straighten your right arm, while holding the left arm back. Hold for one second and then straighten your left arms simultaneously and pull the right arms back. Continue this maneuver until the point of fatigue.

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About the Author

Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for and He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.

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