The Great Mate Workout With Erin Yarwood

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So, how is that New Year’s resolution going? If you’ve lost the fire, Erin Yarwood of E Fitness Pomona is here to help us rekindle the flame for a fitter 2020.

We are smack bang in the midst of a rip-roaring (and already zooming!) 2020 with 2019 nothing but a distant memory now and although our intentions are usually good, we quite often leave important things (like ourselves) on the back burner.

I am sure most people would be in the same boat by admitting defeat to their high hopes of good intentions to start their New Year so why not try teaming up with a buddy to motivate each other? It might be just the push your friend needs, too.

Working out with a mate is a great way to stay motivated because you don’t want to let each other down. You can also tap into your natural competitive nature, egging each other on as you increase the intensity of your workouts. What are you waiting for? Grab your mate and try out these awesome workouts!


Facing each other, get into a nice strong plank on knees or toes. Keep the core locked, bodyweight forward and clap left hand to left hand, right to right etc. Keep neck relaxed. 3 x 20 claps.


Ditch the wall and use your friends back as the wall! This is a great activity to build up trust and strong quads! Keep
your core engaged. Hold for 3 x 1 min.


This exercise involves balance, coordination and core strength. Start facing each other, then both step back with the left leg into a reverse lunge, then from the lunge come straight up and give each other a foot high five, then straight
back down. Make sure you drive through the front heel as you’re coming up, keep core engaged, chest up. 2 x 10 each leg.


Pick up your heart rate with this fun one. Take it in turns who will put their hands out and who will sprint. Go 10 x 10 seconds alternating (no rest between. As soon as one finishes their 10 seconds, swap over).


Facing each other in a pushup/plank position (knees or toes) one person does a pushup while the other holds a plank, then the other does a pushup while the other holds the plank. Then 2 pushups, 3 pushups, and so on. See if you can do 10!

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For over a decade, Erin has been putting people through their paces and encouraging them to be the best they can be, while keeping a healthy and active lifestyle – and having fun! She specialises in personal training and teaches a vast range of fitness classes out of E-Fitness – her vibrant, fun and welcoming personalised fitness studio in Cooroy where her one-year-old daughter, Aluna provides a welcome distraction.

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