Benefits of Partner Workouts
The benefits of partner workouts are endless. They can strengthen your relationship, build support for a healthy lifestyle, and add years of quality to your lives together. In fact, many people in relationships often cite giving up on their workout regimen because their partner wasn't on board.
There are so many things you can do and explore that support working out as a couple. Try new things together like rock climbing, dance classes, hiking, or even rollerskating like the Northerns. An active lifestyle keeps your relationship fresh, fun and adventurous.
Here are a few moves you can try with your partner in the gym:
Partner Squat: Stand back to back. Lean your back onto your partner's back. Both of you should be leaning into each other. Slowly squat down until both of your legs are at a 90-degree angle. When you get into the squatting position, hold for 10 seconds. At the end of the squat, slowly stand back up again together, using your backs as support. Try to perform this exercise 10 times.
Partner Planks: Plank position facing each other, partners give each other high fives with opposite hands. Shoot for 26 claps. For an extra challenge do push ups in between the claps.
Partner Leg Raises: One partner lies down and the other partner stands up with their feet positioned by the other person's shoulders. Person lying down raises their feet so their legs are perpendicular to the ground. Standing partner tosses their legs back down towards the ground. This is a great exercise for abs and lower back. Partner Ab Crunches (feet at 90 degrees): Partners lie down and put the soles of their feet together so that their legs are in the air and forming 90-degree angles. Perform crunches or ball passes in this position.
The possibilities are endless. Explore manual resistance, medicine ball passes and tosses, and partner stretches for more interesting options.