At CFK, we love partner workouts. Since their official inception by CrossFit at the 2008 Games, which CrossFit Kinnick took part in, they’ve become a community-wide sensation, and rightfully so. They seem to fit perfectly with the “enjoy your fitness journey” mentality that helps define the CrossFit program. Their popularity has even given rise to team-only competitions like our very own annual Battle Of The Boxes series. And while we too recognize the importance of having fun, we also love partner workouts for completely different reasons. It is important for you to understand our reasons so that you may gain the absolute most from these types of workouts. You can expect to see a partner workout at CFK at least one Friday of every month for the rest of the year, so let’s do them right!
Why We Love Them
- Great ice breaker: There’s something about struggling, sweating, and aching your way through a workout with someone that helps to form a bond/friendship. Try partnering up with someone you don’t know that well and see if you can’t find some things in common. A gym that suffers together stays together.
- Different stimulus: Though a partner workout may seem to have lots of rest, don’t forget about your share of the work. It often requires sprinting through your portion. Partner workouts entail tons of quick bursts of effort which is often difficult to achieve during a solo workout. Constant variation!
- Communication/team-work skills: You and your partner must work together in order to achieve the best score possible. This requires planning, communication, and trust, all of which are valuable attributes outside of the gym as well.
- Less stress for first-timers: They are great for easing intimidated newcomers into the fold. This is one of the major reasons behind our Guest Days. If you have a family member that is a bit too intimidated to try CrossFit alone, a partner workout may be exactly what they are looking for.
- Responsibility: A shared work load means taking care of your portion. Commit to what you can and do your best to stick to it. Learn to work for the sake of others. Don’t let your teammates down.
- Extra push: Think of your partner as your own personal cheer section. They are right there every step of the way cheering/urging you on, and vice versa. Don’t underestimate the power of this sort of motivation. You’ll often find yourself pushing harder than if you were alone.
Careful though not to fall for common partner workout myths. Included is the notion that they are easier because of the built in rest and the shared work load. Often times, if performed correctly, partner workouts will be just as difficult as, if not more than, solo workouts. As indicated in the list above though, there’s lots more to be gained from partner/team workouts than most people realize. If you go into them with the proper mentality, I promise you’ll come out of them a better athlete and a better person.