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Total Body Workout for Two

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The best workout tool? A training partner. Teaming up with a friend helps you stick to a fitness program, drop more pounds, and have way more fun

Friends With Fitness Benefits

Britney and Gaga may be your go-to gym buddies, but a pumped-up playlist can't motivate you like a real live training companion. Research shows that 80 percent of people believe they're more likely to fit in workouts and stick to their routines if they partner up (Search: workouts for couples). Even better, a study from the University of Pittsburgh reports that women who exercised with a pal lost a third more weight than those who hit the gym solo.

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"You're less likely to skip out on workouts, and you're more likely to tackle intimidating moves and tough out those last few reps that you might have let slide if you were on your own," says Shannon Yontz, who co-owns True North Fitness & Health in Ventura, California, with her husband (who's also her training partner).

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So grab your best friend, cube mate, or boyfriend and do this routine from Yontz up to three times a week. Here's how it works: Do two sets of exercise 1, resting 60 seconds between sets. Then do moves 2 to 6 as a circuit, completing 10 to 12 reps of each exercise with no rest in between. Rest 60 seconds, then repeat for a total of two to four circuits. Finish your workout with one set of exercise 7.

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