It really depends on the fitness level of the clients and how big the group is. What I do with 2 people can be more sophisticated than what I do with 16 people in 8 pairs because teaching 16 people takes more time than teaching 2 people. It also depends on what equipment I have. Here are a few links to partner exercises that I’ve done with my classes / small group.
If you find these useful, I can send you some more links, or you can check out my channel “Aerobigirl” and see other partner drills. Most of my stuff is public so you should be able to find it.
Here are a few great ideas from IDEA:
There are more if you do a search for partner exercises.
I like to use elastic tubing for partner exercises. The tubing is great for keeping both people under tension/resistance throughout the exercises. And the possible exercises are almost endless. It is important to cue for safety and have the partners use good communication and monitor each other. Especially at the beginning and end of an exercise set.
Another thing to consider is to put one person on a strength exercise and the other person on a cardio or anaerobic challenge. This works great for equipment that I only have one piece of.
In addition, it makes for fun teamwork. If they’re evenly paired fitness-wise, I’ll make it more like a 2-person relay. I’ll have the person who is doing the strength task do a specific # of repetitions of their exercise while the other person does their cardio. Or I’ll flip it. I’ll have one person do a muscular endurance task like a plank while the other person does 10-20 reps (depending on the exercise and how long it takes) of a cardio exercise.
Here is another good partner workout from ACE: