Partner up for this heart throbber workout that combines cardio & strength movements into one solid, power packed workout! This workout will give your muscles a challenge and have your heart rate throbbing!


Teaming up with a partner is a great way to shake up your routine when you work out. There are so many creative and challenging ways to train using body weight as the primary form of resistance. Having a partner enhances the experience and helps keep each other accountable, consistent, and might give each of you the competitive edge to work harder than you would alone. The best part is that it’s fun while also being challenging for both of you….

So, to spice up your typical routine, I’ve created a fun strength circuit that’s designed for two. If it’s just you, it can also be performed solo as well!


“The Heart Throbber Workout” is creative and unique to other partner workouts. Plus, it’s challenging! What makes this workout unique is the partner exercises are designed to utilize both partner’s body’s resistance along with the Total Gym.

The workout targets timing, balance, and coordination while also providing a rewarding (and entertaining) sweat session. For some exercises, you and your workout partner will have the ability to tailor the amount of resistance or assistance you provide during the movement. So, whether you’re trying to be stronger, more toned, or just maintain, you set the bar with your partner and the experience for two will be twice as nice!


There are a few concepts to consider when working out with a partner.

• Be mindful of the exercises you perform when utilizing each other’s body weight and/or sharing the same equipment.
• Consider your partners fitness level so that it’s compatible or similar to yours. (This will help you adjust the incline to your partners strength accordingly.)
• Simulate to Coordinate! It’s important to learn the movement patterns and coordinate you timing along with your partners. This will make for a smoother execution of the exercises.

So get ready to spice things up with this Heart Throbber workout!


1. Learn the exercises in coordination with your partner before doing the actual workout.
2. Dynamically warm-up prior to the circuit with full range of motion movements to help prepare you for the workout. Examples: squats, alternating lunges, planks, push-ups, toe touches
3. Perform the partner circuit by either timed intervals or by reps.
4. Each partner gets a chance to perform both parts of the exercise.
5. Repeat as many rounds to get your hearts throbbing!
6. Conclude with a series of stretches to recover your muscles.

Outside Leg Lunge - Hop Over
• Focus: Legs / Cardio
• Level Suggestion: Low- Medium
• Be sure to repeat facing other sides

Resisted Pull Ups & Squat
• Focus: Back / Legs
• Accessory: Cables
• Level Suggestion: Medium- High

Assisted Chest Flies & Reverse Lunges
• Focus: Chest / Legs
• Accessory: Cables
• Level Suggestion: Medium- High

Crunch & Plank Slides
• Focus: Shoulders / Core
• Accessory: Cables
• Level Suggestion: Medium

Check out the video to see how these partner exercises are performed on your Total Gym.


If you enjoy working out with a partner, you will love some of these other partner workouts too! Be sure to check out these blogs:

• COUPLE’S WORKOUT – CROSS TRAINING WITH THE TOTAL GYM: https://blog.totalgymdirect.com/couples-workout-cross-training-with-the-total-gym

• TOTAL GYM CIRCUIT TRAINING WITH A PARTNER: https://blog.totalgymdirect.com/total-gym-circuit-training-with-a-partner

Best Always,
Maria (and Mark)

Maria Sollon

Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Kinesiology. She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques and Kettlebells. She is the creator of the Plyo Pilates Method and has developed a series of amazing workout DVDs. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, Peak Pilates, Kettle Bell Concepts and is a freelance writer for Fitness accredited magazines, newsletters, and fitness blog sites. Maria demonstrates her knowledge each day and uses her dynamic creativity throughout her specialized line of work. http://www.groovysweat.com http://www.groovysweatstore.com (purchasable workout videos) http://www.youtube.com/groovysweat (workout clips)

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