Deccan Chronicle

Partners in fItness

Deccan Chronicle.| Swati Sharma

Published on: November 14, 2023 | Updated on: November 14, 2023

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Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday. (Image: By Arrangement)

Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday. (Image: By Arrangement)

Gym buddies Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday recently achieved a huge fitness goal by working out together at a Pilates session. The divas worked out with famous fitness expert Namrata Purohit, who shared a photo of their Pilates session on Instagram.

"This is just a tiny glimpse of Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday’s workout... making it look so easy, having fun while getting fit," Purohit wrote in the caption.

Power of a partner

"Exercise with a friend can help you stay motivated and improve the likelihood that you will follow through on your fitness regimen. You may hold each other accountable for your workout partner. Working out by yourself can get monotonous at times. The time flies when you work out with your best friend because you have someone to talk to," says certified Pilates instructor Zaineb Ali.

"There’s never a dull moment since we feed off one another’s energy and have a good feeling of rivalry. It facilitates couples’ development of stronger bonds with one another," says actors Dhrriti Saharan and Jayanth Reddy, who have been gym buddies.

Fitness game to next level

You can raise your fitness level by joining a gym with a friend. In line with a famous saying, "Together we sweat, together we succeed", Zaineb says, "A healthy rivalry between you and your closest buddy can motivate you to put in more effort and produce better outcomes. Competition can be a fantastic motivator, whether you’re lifting weights, racing each other, or just attempting to outdo each other in a nice way. While there are many advantages to working out with your closest friend, it’s important to make sure that your fitness objectives and preferences line up. To get the most out of your collaboration, keep in mind to strike a balance between socialising and concentrating on your routines."

Victoria and David Beckham have always worked out together.

"It’s a great idea since you can get to know the individual much better and explore their unique qualities, traits, and interests through activities like hiking, cycling, working out at the gym, or running a marathon together," says actress Sukhmanee Lamba adding, "Workout with partners reveal a lot about a person’s personality and dedication to doing something. If they are diligent and take care of themselves, it is a tremendous benefit since they may motivate their partners and raise the level of fitness."

Yoga instructor and wellness coach Rina Hindocha talks about the benefits of working out with a partner as well as challenges.


1. Improved Connection: Workout with partner promotes a strong sense of connection between people. It promotes emotional bonding and shared mindfulness in addition to physical bonding.

2. Increased Motivation: It is a great motivator. Mutual encouragement and support can motivate both persons to push their limits and reach new heights in their profession.

3. Better Alignment: Partner poses provide real-time feedback, allowing practitioners to fine-tune their alignment and posture. This collaborative correction has the potential to improve the effectiveness of yoga practice.

4. Promoted Trust: Partners foster trust and communication, resulting in a safe and secure space on the mat.


1 Mismatched abilities: Disparities in yoga experience and flexibility levels might be difficult to overcome. To guarantee that both partners feel comfortable and engaged, open communication and adaptability are required.

2 Clear communication is essential: Partner yoga necessitates clear communication. It is possible to have misconceptions regarding the severity of a stretch or the necessity for changes. To avoid these possible hazards, open channels of communication must be established.

3 Distractions: When working out with a partner, external distractions can disrupt the practice. To gain the maximum advantages, it is critical to stay focused on the shared experience and to create a thoughtful setting.

4 Finding balance: Finding balance in partner poses can be difficult. Balancing both partners' weight and energy takes practice and coordination, which can be a challenge for individuals new to the practice.

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