Your workout buddy needs to support and challenge you all while accepting your strengths and weaknesses. Sound pretty similar to a significant other? It is encouraging to consider that couples who workout together – stay together. Here are some benefits that come along with sweating with your sweetie:
- More efficient workouts because you’re working together towards a common goal.
- Increased sexual chemistry and emotional bond as the pulse quickens and blood starts flowing… and don’t forget about those endorphins!
- You’re both working towards positive change which is a crucial aspect to any healthy relationship.
- You’re both expending pent up or stored energy that leads to happier, more relaxed down-time and better sleep.
- You’re strengthening muscle groups that include your heart and lungs.
- You’re training your brain for faster reactions and better mind-muscle connection.
Combine those benefits with a love interest and you’re feeding positive energy and positive change into one of the most important aspects of your life.
Partner Workout: Core & Conditioning
Next time you’re tempted to hit the gym alone, take this Core and Conditioning workout to the max with your significant instead.
- Come into a push-up position and have your partner grab a hold of your ankles with each hand.
- Engage your core as they lift your feet up off of the ground.
- Begin walking forward moving with short steps while keeping your head up and focused on the finish line!
- Switch so that your partner has a turn. Repeat.
Hi-5 Partner Plank
- Have you and your partner come down into a plank position head-to-head about one foot apart.
- On the count of 3, both of you lower down onto your left forearm and then your right. Press back up onto the left hand and then the right reaches across to hi-5 your partner.
- Repeat beginning on the opposite arm and finishing with a hi-5 on the left arm. Continue to alternate for 10 on each arm.
Partner Band Sprints
- Wrap a heavy weight resistance band around your hips, wearing it like a belt and have your partner take hold of the back end.
- Make sure they have a firm grip on it and try to hold you back from moving forward.
- Begin to run or sprint forward against the resistance for about 50 yards and return back the same way.
Partner MedBall Floor Slams
- Take a 15 lb medball and stand about 6-8 feet away from each other.
- Raise the ball up overhead and with force, throw the med ball in between the two of you so that it bounces up towards your partner. Make sure you aim where you are throwing the ball!
- Your partner will catch it in a low squat and stand up raising it over their head to slam it down again towards you.
Partner MedBall Toss with Squat
- Stand about 6 feet apart and squat into a low stance holding the ball at your chest. Toss the medball to your partner as you stand up, using your core and shoulders to push the ball upward.
- Your partner should catch the ball and immediately enter a squat position and repeat by throwing the ball back to you.
- Both people squat whether you have the ball or not! Working together is key.
- Continue for 15-20 repetitions.
Dallas Fitness and Nutrition Coach