Partner exercise refers to any exercise that you need to perform together with a partner. One needs synergy with another individual in order to carry out any partner exercise. Partner exercises have been identified as a great means of fostering good interpersonal relationships between people. Identified below are 8 great partner exercises you can try out using resistant bands.
1. Resistant Band Chest Press
Partner B will act as the anchor holding the loop while partner A holds both ends of the resistance band, with the loop hanging loosely behind body. Partner B should step back until there is tension in the band. Partner A then raises both hands to sides of body, elbows bent 90 degrees, so elbows, biceps, and forearms are parallel to the ground. For balance, she can step right foot forward into a slight lunge. With core tight and a slight bend in the right knee, Partner A pushes forward, fully extending both arms, then slowly bends at the elbows to return to start. Repeat for 8 to 12 reps, then switch roles.
2. Partner heel taps
One partner lies down while facing up and lifts feet up while the other stands at his head holding both ends of the resistant band and carefully loops the band around the feet securely at the center. The standing partner stands with knees slightly bent while both partners then engage in movements enabling the partner lying down to lower heels towards the ground, ensure it taps on the floor before returning it to raised table-top position. The exercise should be repeated until both partners are tired.
3. Triceps Kickbacks
Stand and face each other with slightly bent knees, hold one side of a resistance band each on the same side. Then slightly tilt toward each other from the waist keeping elbows bent to angle 90 degrees, hugging the elbow and biceps to their sides. Extend the arm afterwards using triceps to push the band away from your partner. Partners should keep elbows hugged into side throughout the movement; slowly re-bending the arm after each movement before returning to angle 90-degree to repeat the exercise.
4. Band Sprints
Stand away from your partner beside each other, with both hands holding the resistant band to create tension. Swing forward simultaneously with the outside leg each with back kept straight, both knees bent about 90 degrees and tightened core. Hold the band from the bottom of your lunge and rotate away from each other while only twisting the upper body and keeping abs tight. Rotate back to center, push back up to start, repeat several times and switch sides/roles when tired.