Opposites Attract: How To Train With A Partner And Bring Up Both People's Weak Points!

Team Scivation
Written By: Team Scivation
May 19th, 2009
Updated: June 13th, 2020
Categories: Articles Training
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Marc Lobliner and Rob Moran show you how you can train with a partner and bring up both people's weak points!

Marc and Derek

Aren't we cute? Damn right we are! Marc Lobliner and Rob Moran are training partners. They are both competitive bodybuilders with Rob being a WNBF Pro and Marc being a National Level NPC Bodybuilder. While structurally similar, they have weak points to bring up, as does everyone! But, although they are both of the same race, religion and gender, they have different "weak points". A weak point is an area that a bodybuilder feels needs to be brought up to be in proportion to the rest of their body. Rob needs to build his chest and quads while Marc needs more back thickness and arms. What do they do? Give up?

This article will use Scivation Owner Marc Lobliner and Scivation Director of Team Scivation Rob Moran as a real life example of how to modify your training split to work for you and your partner. Training together is like a marriage. You need to adjust certain things and compromise to make it work well for everyone. While these two iron warriors do not need to negotiate doing the dishes for cuddle time, they do need to work out how to make both of them better bodybuilders and achieve Team Scivation's main focus.....REACHING THEIR GOALS!

We will keep volume decently high and work in a 6-10 rep range since that is, for us and most, the SWEET SPOT for muscle growth! Abs will be done on any TWO training days per week. We recommend training abs two times a week as follows.

Ab Workout #1

  • Decline Crunches 3 X 8-12
  • Back Extensions 3 X 8-12

Ab Workout #2

With these exercises you are hitting your entire core: abs, obliques, and lower back. We recommend doing 8-12 reps for abs, which means you are most likely going to have to hold some weights and do weighted ab exercises. Some people believe that doing weighted ab exercises will lead to big, blocky, extended abs. We do not agree with this belief at all.


First thing is first. We want to start with the hardest workout early in the week while they are rested. A showing of hands from those that know what bodypart this is? You are DARN RIGHT---LEGS! Leg day is similar to hell week in football, except it is condensed into one day. Since Rob needs to bring up his quads mainly, we will make this a quad and calf ONLY day and separate hamstrings and place it with another group so we can focus all attention on the teardrop. Squats will be the main course on the menu and then assisted by leg press, hack squats, etc. the workout could look like this:

Day 1 Workout: Quads & Calves
Exercise Sets Reps
Squats 3 6-10
Leg Press 3 6-10
Lunges 3 6-10
Inner & Outer Thigh Machine 3 6-10
Leg Extensions 3 6-10
Exercise Sets Reps
Standing Calf Raise 3 6-10
Seated Calf Raise 3 6-10

This can vary week by week, but we will ALWAYS try to progress on squats with more weight and/or more reps.


Tuesday is CHEST day. Rob needs upper chest and Marc, although genetically blessed in the booby department, wouldn't mind having a BIGGER chest! Thus, they will focus on upper chest movements and it will look like this....

Day 2 Workout: Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Incline Barbell Bench Press 3 6-10
Dumbbell Bench Press 3 6-10
Incline Flys 3 6-10
Incline Hammer Press 3 6-10
Pec Dec 3 6-10
Cable Crossovers 3 10-15
Chest Dips 3 Failure

This can vary week by week, but we will ALWAYS try to progress on incline bench press with more weight and/or more reps.


Wednesday....Marc's day! Time to build that back. This is a NON-Deadlift day because as you will see, we hit that later in the week. Marc has great back width, but lacks the thickness needed to take it to the next level. Thus, this workout will focus on rowing movements with some movements to target the lats....can't neglect anything!

Day 3 Workout: Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Bent Over Barbell Row 3 10
Lat Pull Down 3 10
Hammer DY Row 3 10
Hammer Low Row 3 10
Cable Low Row 3 10
Hyperextensions 3 15

This can vary week by week, but we will ALWAYS try to progress on barbell rows with more weight and/or more reps.


Thursday is almost an OFF day since it hits neither of our weak points, but to create balance and symmetry, EVERYTHING must get bigger and better! Thursday is Delts and Traps.

Day 4 Workout: Delts & Traps
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Shoulder Press 3 6-10
Lateral Raise 3 6-10
Reverse Fly on Pec Dec 3 6-10
Hammer Shoulder Press 3 6-10
Front Raise 3 6-10
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Shrugs 3 6-10
Dumbbell Shrugs 3 6-10

This can vary week by week, but we will ALWAYS try to progress on DB Shoulder Press and Barbell Shrugs with more weight and/or more reps.


Friday is another day for.....BOTH of them! Deadlifts and Hamstrings! Since Deadlifts hit QUADS AND HAMS and also kill the back, this is perfect! We throw in hamstrings at the end since we have a QUAD FOCUS day. This workout is intense!

Day 5 Workout: Hamstrings
Exercise Sets Reps
Deadlifts 3 10
Hammer Strength Deadlifts 3 10
Stiff Leg Deadlifts 3 10-15
Leg Curls 3 10
Standing Leg Curls 3 10
Stadning Calf Raises 3 10
Seated Calf Raises 3 10

This can vary week by week, but we will ALWAYS try to progress on Deadlifts with more weight and/or more reps.


Saturday is the last day, ARM DAY! A day that Rob needs as to not lose his guns, but Marc REALLY needs! Here is what will be done.

Day 6: Biceps & Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Close Grip Bench Press 3 6-10
Skullcrushers 3 6-10
Rope Pressdowns 3 6-10
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Curl 3 6-10
Seated Dumbbell Incline Curl 3 6-10
Cable Curl 3 6-10

This can vary week by week, but we will ALWAYS try to progress on Close Grip Bench Press and Barbell Curls with more weight and/or more reps.

Friends with Benefits

No, not that, sicko! The training scheme will help you reach your goals. As you work your weaknesses, your training partner can push you and make sure you give your all into making those weak points STRONG points. Rob USED to have a weak (relative term here) and I used to have weak delts. But we have built them up immensely since teaming up. As a partner, it is your DUTY to make sure that you support your training partner. Take pride in helping them make gains!

Objective Eye

Your partner should be able to let you know if results are coming your way by offering objective advice. We also recommend weekly pictures to gage progress.

That is it! Now you can follow our blueprint to make sure that both you and your training partner improve your physiques and reach your goals. For more articles from Marc & Team Scivation at Team Scivation Main Page!