The Scoop: Working out with a partner can increase exercise time and intensity by up to 200%. That’s why so many couples challenge each other by exercising together at home with iBodyFit. Franklin Antoian, one of the top trainers in America, developed the online personal training site to help people fit workouts into their lives. He customizes programs based on individual goals, equipment, and time  — all for a fraction of the cost of in-person sessions. With its convenient platform, iBodyFit helps couples create workout habits that transform their bodies and their overall health together.

If your partner wants to sit on the couch, eat snacks, and watch TV, you may want to do that as well. But, if you have an active partner, you may be more likely to get up and start moving.

Motivation is a significant factor in working out, especially for couples, but the benefits of working out together go beyond just burning a few calories.

Research by the Society of Behavioral Medicine showed that working out with a slightly more fit partner can increase workout time and intensity by as much as 200%. A study by Michigan State University proved that even a partner that you work with online can encourage you to hold a plank 24% longer.

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iBodyFit can help couples motivate each other to work out in their own homes.

When couples connect with a certified trainer online, they can skip many of the common excuses that keep them from getting in the car and driving to the gym. That’s why iBodyFit offers personalized training sessions that couples can attend together in the comfort of their own homes.

“We offer a custom-designed workout for our clients based on their goals, fitness levels, equipment, time available, and limitations,” said Franklin Antoian, the Founder of iBodyFit. “We design it around what they like and the equipment they have.”

Couples can help each other feel better and get in shape following a fitness regime designed by a personal trainer who has the knowledge to create effective and efficient workouts.

Personal trainers can also offer an added level of motivation to an exercise regime, and help couples target the areas they want to improve and help them reach their goals faster. Combined with a workout buddy, a trainer can make all the difference.

In the era of social distancing and gym closures, at-home workout routines with iBodyFit can keep couples active and healthy.

Clients Can Receive Customized Workouts Online

Franklin, who is an ACE certified trainer and TPI L3 Golf Fitness Specialist, was named one of the 50 hottest trainers in America by SHAPE Magazine. Since 2006, he has been working with clients to help them meet their fitness goals.

He said he created iBodyFit as a way to connect with fitness-minded individuals and couples, no matter where they live. As a result, he has clients worldwide who work out as often as they want from once a day to once a week.

“An in-person session might cost $100 an hour with me, where online it can be $49 for a customized workout per month,” he said. “I created this to help people who can’t afford one-on-one training with their fitness.”

Individuals and couples have options when working out with Franklin. They can log into the online portal where he uploads specific workouts created just for the client, who can then access them whenever they wish.

For example, if a woman enjoys doing cardio and only owns an elliptical machine and a jump rope, he’ll create a program for her based on her age, weight, and goals.

“Most of the time, it involves strength training, too. If she has dumbbells, we’ll create a workout for that, as well,” he said. “It depends on her goals; if she wants to tone her arms or just get in better overall health, we’ll design and upload a workout for that.”

Skype Sessions are Especially Effective for Couples

Another option for Franklin’s clients is a personal Skype session with him. During these sessions, Franklin can guide and motivate couples through their workouts. That is also especially effective if couples want to work out at the same time, so Franklin can guide each person based on their fitness level and comfort with using the equipment.

“Couples really enjoy that feature,” he said. “I have clients who have no equipment at all, just body weight, and I also have clients with $10,000 gyms in their homes.”

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Franklin Antoian, the Founder of iBodyFit, was named one of the 50 hottest trainers in the U.S. by SHAPE Magazine.

Franklin recommends working with a partner to get moving because it makes it easier to keep a routine going. Sometimes, he’ll create challenges during Skype training sessions that encourage workout buddies to see who can do the most push-ups, jump-rope revolutions, or the longest planks.

“It’s easier to work out with a partner, whether it’s a spouse or a workout buddy,” he said. “It always motivates the other person to work out harder, especially if they don’t want to be there, but there’s a set time.”

Plus, setting time to exercise together is a great way to spend quality time with someone.

The personal training plans available through iBodyFit include more than just an individualized workout plan. Users can also get customized diet plans, a personal profile page on the site, access to additional iBodyFit online workouts, and feedback and support from Franklin.

iBodyFit’s Plans Include Targeted Content for Specific Sports

Franklin said that he creates most of the workout plans, but he also receives advice from other specialists for clients with advanced fitness goals. He’s currently creating workouts for people looking to improve their performance in a sport.

For example, those who play golf may want to gain the right muscle to hit the ball harder. Clients can discuss their athletic goals with Franklin, and he can create a program that achieves those results.

“Once we understand their goals, we would start strength training and cardio training to improve their game,” he said. “If they want to hit the ball harder, we’ll work the muscles that will help them swing harder.”

Franklin has plenty of testimonials on his website from satisfied clients.

“Having my own personal trainer really motivates me,” wrote Carolina H., who lives in Virginia. “He is always there for me, by email, text, social media, and by cell phone.”

Another testimonial, from Pete A. of Florida, said the workouts helped with his golf game.
“I’m driving the ball farther because I’ve increased my rotation on both my backswing and follow-through,” Pete wrote. “My golf pro even noticed the difference.”

According to Franklin, that feedback makes his efforts worth it.

“It’s an awesome feeling. And I can do this with people anywhere in the world,” he said. “Working out online is pretty much unlimited, and that makes the gratification even better.”