Working out one-on-one with a trainer can be very productive and extremely effective: you may concentrate on yourself and train at your own pace or level, planning each session according to your weekly schedule. Yet, this is not always true: some of us may lose motivation when exercising alone, and feel instead more inspired in the company of another.

On the other hand, group classes are not everyone’s cup of tea: with people’s individual schedules in the equation, it may be difficult to arrange a session convenient for all. It may be that the class level doesn’t suit everyone or, simply, there is a preference for a more intimate setting. Mara Tataki, founder of “Anassa Fitness for Wellbeing Studio”, has seen the pros and cons of individual and group class training. In order to enhance everyone’s performance and experience, Mara came up with the ideal solution. Just talk to any Anassa’s training specialist, who might have an idea that is just perfect for you. Today’s tip: Pilates Duet Sessions or Partner-Training! How would you describe Pilates Duet Sessions in a nutshell? Pilates Duet Sessions are sessions dedicated to a very small group of people, most commonly two, hence the name Duet. Similar to a one-on-one session in structure, attention, and challenges, it is a great solution for two people with similar goals and an eye for the budget. For whom is Pilates Duet ideal? Pilates Duet Sessions are ideal for friends or couples, co-workers or teammates who want to spend time together in a constructive way. It’s a fitness-date, with consistency. Family members also seem to like the idea: here at “Anassa Fitness for Wellbeing Studio”, we have many couples, mother and daughters, as well as fathers with their sons who, to my surprise, come here to work out together! A fitness-date? That is unusual! Why is it better than going out for a coffee? I am a great believer that in life, and even more in relationships, actions are stronger than words. So, why not share your work-out with your loved one? It is a powerful way to express your love and interest in each other’s health and wellbeing. It shows how much you value your time, your life, your past, present, and future together. It isn’t easy, I must admit. As a matter of fact, as we grow older, we feel the urge to fill our lives with more and more obligations, often mining our relationships, even the dearest ones, or our core values. Teaming up for such a healthy goal, helps us put things in perspective, focusing on being physically, emotionally and mentally active and accountable for each other… in the end, “sharing is caring”! Apart from the benefits in the relationship, are there other things to look forward to working out with a partner? Definitely! On top of the financial advantages, which make personal training much more affordable, researches show that we push ourselves as much as 200% more when working out with the right partner. From my personal experience, during Duet Sessions, I have seen laughter, smiles, loving and supportive looks towards each other: complicity! Do you have some tips to share with our readers who are interested in a Duet Session?

  1. Set some clear, achievable fitness goals: it will help the team and your trainer, have an action plan and keep you focused and motivated at all times.
  1. Set time for it and make a commitment to yourself and your fitness partner. If one cannot attend the scheduled appointment, it will immediately affect the other one. Your partner has to be able to bear the cost of a one-on-one personal training session or cancel it straight away. It is not a lifetime commitment: start small, just for one month, and keep this time as a moment for each other: love in action!

Lastly, if one of you is recovering from an injury or has a serious mobility restriction, this may affect the training pace. It will not be an issue for an experienced trainer however it is something to be taken into consideration. This also applies to partners who have decided to train together yet have different approaches to fitness: a competitive partner might not fit well and disadvantage the slow pace one. In this peculiar case, the decision to start Duet Sessions therefore, should be discussed prior to commit.