Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Offers 5 Benefits of Working Out With a Friend

The 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie encouraged her TikTok followers to find an exercise partner.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

We can always turn to workout and wellness leader Melissa Wood-Tepperberg for actionable advice related to our overall well-being. The 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie delivered on TikTok earlier this week, when she offered up five benefits of working out with a friend.

In the Oct. 11 video, Wood-Tepperberg and a pal demonstrated a few stretches and Pilates exercises while inside a sauna. The 40-year-old donned a strappy white bikini for the occasion, while her companion opted for a brown two-piece swimsuit.

Wood-Tepperberg shared the following benefits of exercising with a partner:

1. More motivation = better results

Wood-Tepperberg regularly inspires her followers to dig deep to discover their motivation. Last month, she encouraged her fans to ask themselves three important questions to start their week off on the right note: What are your intentions? What are you excited for? How can you show yourself more love? 

2. You can hold each other accountable

The MWH founder practices what she preaches: whether she works out with her husband, Noah Tepperberg, or flows with a friend, she prioritizes movement as a busy mom of two and shows up for herself.

3. You can learn new techniques

Wood-Tepperberg’s app makes mindful movement attainable and accessible for all, so it’s a great place to start when it comes to creating an exercise routine or adding new techniques to your existing routine with a partner.

4. You’ll feel less stressed

The certified yoga and Pilates instructor is incredibly open with her followers about her meditation practice, which she prioritizes equally with daily movement for easing anxiety. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, grab a workout buddy and release those endorphins for a natural mood boost.

5. You have someone to celebrate with

Success is always better when shared, and that includes wellness milestones!

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.