Couples that work out together stay together. You can support and strengthen each other while working out.
Your workout buddy needs to support and challenge you all while accepting your strengths and weaknesses. Sound pretty similar to a significant other? It’s encouraging to consider that couples who work out 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, a crucial aspect to any healthy relationship.
- You’re both expending pent-up or stored energy, leading to happier, more relaxed downtime and better sleep.
- You are strengthening muscle groups, including 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 mat with your significant other instead.
- Come into a pushup 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 and repeat.
High Five Partner Plank
- Have you and your partner come down into a plank position head-to-head about one foot apart.
- On the count of three, both of you lower down onto your left forearm and then your right. Press back up onto the left hand and reach your right hand across to high five your partner.
- Repeat, beginning on the opposite arm and finishing with a high five 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 a 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 Floor Slams
- Take a fifteen pound medicine ball and stand about 6–8 feet away from each other.
- Raise the ball up overhead and, with force, throw the medicine ball between the two of you so that it bounces up towards your partner. Make sure you aim where you’re 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.
BOSU Partner Medicine Ball Pass
- (You’ll need two BOSUs for this one, but if you don’t have two, just sit on the floor!) Start in a seated position, holding a medicine ball in your hands, with your feet on the floor facing each other. Recline back slightly and engage your core.
- Toss the ball to your partner and have them recline back into a crunch before returning up and tossing the ball back to you.
- Once you’ve gotten a few of those in a row, try elevating one or both feet off of the ground!
- Continue for 60–90 seconds.