Love Your Body: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Couples Workout
We’ve all heard the saying – couples who train together, stay together. With this in mind, what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and burn off those extra calories from chocolate and wine than with a high intensity partner workout?
This full body workout uses a combination of ‘you go, I go’ exercises, with a few fun partner exercises thrown in for good measure. If you want to make it competitive, try and beat your partner’s number of reps or go head-to-head and see who can keep going the longest!
1. GOBLET SQUATS
Alternate squats in a ‘you go, I go’ style until you have completed 20-30 repetitions, take one minute rest and repeat three times.
Choose a load you can manage with good form for 15-20 repetitions and like before, work in a ‘you go, I go’ manner until you complete the number of repetitions. If there is only one bar to work with, choose the lighter weight. The stronger partner should try and perform more reps by performing two reps for each of their partner’s one! Take two minutes rest between sets and repeat three times.
3. BACK-TO-BACK MEDICINE BALL TWISTS
This one is simple. Sit back-to-back, with your feet on the floor and your knees slightly bent. Simply pass the medicine ball to each other to target the core muscles. Start by passing the ball around your body in one direction for one minute, take 30 seconds rest, then pass the ball in the opposite direction for a further minute.
4. REACH AND TOUCH PLANKS
This is a good exercise to go ‘head-to-head’ and make things a little bit competitive. Simply take a normal plank position, face-to-face, but with your partner a couple of arm’s length away from you.
From the plank position you simultaneously reach and touch your partners same hand – this will be the opposite side hand as you look at them! Hold for one second and return to the plank position before repeating on the other side. Aim to do 20-30 repetitions on each side, rest for one minute and repeat three times.
5. PARTNER WALL SITS
Simply sit back-to-back using each other for support, with your knees bent to around 90 degrees. Hold this position for 60 seconds, take a minute rest and repeat three times.
6. WHEELBARROW PUSH-UPS
Assume the normal press up position but allow your partner to lift you by the ankles into a wheelbarrow position. Perform as many reps as possible, then switch and perform three sets each.
7. SIT-UP AND MEDICINE BALL PASS
Position yourself facing each other in the sit-up position. As you sit-up, one partner passes the medicine ball to the other before performing the next sit-up in sync with each other. This means you should be doing a weighted sit-up every other repetition. Aim for 20-30 repetitions, rest for 60 seconds and repeat three times.
8. ROWING MACHINE SPRINTS
Set yourself up on two rowing machines next to each other and simply work as hard as you can for 30 seconds, while your partner rests, then swap. Aim to perform 5-10 work intervals each.
Then head home, enjoy some good food (you’ve earned it!) and enjoy your Valentine’s day!