#FatblasterFriday | The Virtual Partner Workout

Last September I attended Fitbloggin. During the Reebok-sponsored Crossfit workout, I was lucky enough to be partnered up with Brendon Payne of Sequel Life Fitness. An incredible athlete, enthusiastic coach and all-round great guy, he lifts weights, runs AND practices yoga!

(Great hair and smile too, don’t ya think?)


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We had so much fun we promised to schedule another fitness collaboration; a bit of a challenge given that we live in different countries and on opposite sides of the continent! Who doesn’t love a good partner workout?

Thank goodness for video cameras, Skype and iMovie!

Although Brendon and I did this workout together (well, ‘virtually’ together), you can do it with or without a partner. (Partner workouts are a blast IF you have the RIGHT partner…).

Today’s #FatblasterFriday is an interval partner workout;

  • 6 body weight exercises (actually there are 7; I snuck an extra one in. Can you find the second ‘5’ in the video?)
  • 30 s of HIGH INTENSITY effort
  • 15 s RECOVERY between exercises
  • 2 or 3 times through

You can take turns performing the 30 s of work (thereby earning a 45 s rest) OR each perform all of the movesย as written above. Your choice.

Note that we purposefully didn’t plan the workout in advance. Neither of us knew what move the other would request, setting the stage for ‘pay back’ lest one of us be too demanding!

You can use the same format (and different moves) next time you do a partner workout (just be sure and go first….he, he!). And even train with friends who live nowhere near you! (I seriously LOVE Skype!)

If you LOVED this workout, please share it via Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter (sharing buttons are at the bottom of the post). We promise, it will make our day!


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Who did you think was better at following directions (I have a very thick skin…)?

Will you do this workout solo or with a buddy?

Disclaimer: Although I am a registered Personal Trainer, I am not YOUR Personal Trainer. Always adapt workouts to suit your body and fitness level. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.



  1. What a brilliant idea. So perfect for our virtual world. And I agree with your assessments about Brendon – I’ve found him to be quite a fun person.
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    • I was waiting for your comment about a spelling mistake (which I didn’t notice until after the upload was complete…)! It’s a funny one!

  2. How fun! What a great idea to have a virtual workout buddy!!
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  3. Jennifer Cryblskey says:

    Hi Tamara! I have been reading your posts on facebook for a long time now and look forward to each one. Honestly this is the first video that I’ve watched of yours. I’ve been wanting to watch them and when I saw that you were doing the video with someone so far away I had to see how you did it. it was great and I love that both of you have such a can-do attitude. i will be watching and doing more of your workouts from now on. thank you for what you do. it is appreciated

    • Jennifer! Thanks so much for the long time support. Watch for lots of fun challenges in January. More video and daily workouts!

  4. Woot Woot! Hope to meet Brendan at the next Fitbloggin :). Love the creative ways of getting your heart rate up while working on strength and endurance. Keep up the great work!
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  5. what a totally cool idea….fantastic Tamara
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  6. What a great idea! Awesome way to collaborate. I have never seen something like this before! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy weekend!

    • Danielle, we’ve been thinking about how to do it ever since we worked out together at FitBloggin. Expect another soon!

  7. How fun to do this workout with your buddy and a great way to feature him, too. I better go check out his site, too. Thanks!
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  8. I LOVED this!!!! I follow Brendon on Instagram & FB but need to get to his blog. I am still so far behind. Internet went down here today & just getting on so… even further behind! ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a great workout & loved the 2 of you together! FUN!!!! I have to go back & look for the spelling error! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  9. This not only looks like a great workout, but it looks like you both had fun doing it. Really love the virtual workout partner idea!
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  10. Tamara this is awesome! My favorite FBF so far! I’m going to talk my husband into trying it with me this weekend.

    Of course I”m pinning too ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Thanks so much for your kind words and support Jill! Just make sure he does all 7 exercises; not every other one!

  11. Wonderful idea! I never seen this done by anyone before! ๐Ÿ™‚
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