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Buddy up for better results

Moral support, teamwork and the spirit of fun all add up to better workouts and better health. In this article we're focusing in on the benefits of working out with a partner or buddy, along with a personal trainer.

William Rush and Charles Berglund have trained together with Personal Trainer Mike Kardas twice a week for more than a year. They say the workouts are more fun and more effective together. "He creates a routine just for us and our needs," says Berglund, a retired high school theatre teacher. "We've seen marked improvements."

"It's just so much easier to do it together, and our trainer helps us do things we didn't think we'd be able to do," says Rush, a vocal and speech coach.

"Partner training and even small group training has increased in popularity in the last few years," says Carol Teteak, Fitness Coordinator at the Edward Health & Fitness facility at Seven Bridges in Woodridge. "It cuts down on costs because you can split the expense, but it's really about camaraderie and accountability."

Personal training services are available to members and non-members, alike. The trainers provide moral support to their clients, but also have to be concerned with safety, proper form and designing an effective exercise program. Some people, however, also need a little extra "push" from someone who knows them very well.

"Sometimes your motivation can come from a friend, spouse or partner who says 'I'll go if you go,'" she adds.

Teteak says about 15 percent of Edward clients enjoy training with a partner, while another 20 percent take part in small group training with three to eight people. Training sessions can be very specific, like a bridal party getting in shape for the big day and athletes working on sports-related skills, or it can focus on overall health and fitness.

Occasionally a little friendly competition enters the picture, too. "Some groups push each other more than if they were on their own," Teteak says.

Berglund and Rush are pleased with the progress they've seen in their strength, flexibility and balance. "My quality of life has definitely gone up because of these workouts," says Rush. "And we never lose our sense of humor while doing them."

For more information about personal training with a partner contact Fitness Coordinator Carol Teteak at Seven Bridges at (630) 646-7920 or carol.teteak@edward.org Fitness Coordinator Eric Gustafson at Naperville, (630) 646-5924 or egustafson@edward.org.


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