It’s Valentine’s Day and there couldn’t be a better time to say “I love you and your health.” Why not express it through a workout with the one you love! A couples workout is so perfect for bonding. Not only does it show him/her that spending time together is important to you but it also proclaims that his/her health is important, allows each other to interact while each of you are high on good-feeling endorphins, and it creates a time to encourage each other to push past personal limits in a positive environment. Plus, there is nothing more exciting than seeing the one you love have a good sweaty glow from the workout and getting to touch him/her while stretching through positions. Yowzers! Instead of giving unhealthy chocolates and candies and going out for a dinner that could potentially be less than sub par, try this workout and (re)connect on a totally new level!
1. Reverse lunge with wood chop:
- Holding a medicine ball or a weight, do a reverse lunge with your right leg, while wood chopping the weight across your body and to the outside of your left bent knee. As your return back to start, reverse the motion of the wood chop and bring it up and over your right shoulder. Simultaneously, your partner (who is standing right beside you on your right), will take the weight and perform a reverse lunge with left leg and wood chop the weight across the body and past the outside of right bent knee. As your partner returns back to start, reverse the motion of the wood chop and bring it up and over your partner’s left shoulder. That is one repetition. Basically, you are mirroring each other. When one person is lunging with the weight, the other person is lunging as well (weight or not). Keep torso tall at all times, knees in line with your toes during the lunges, and abs pulled in tight throughout the entire exercise. Perform 10 full repetitions and then switch sides.
2. Squat barbell pass:
- Standing, face your partner. One person should be holding a weighted barbell at shoulder height. With abs tight and knees aligned with toes, perform a proper squat. In squat position, pass the barbell to your partner with straight arms at shoulder height. When partner receives the barbell, both of you return back to standing position. Repeat with your partner passing the weight to you. That is one repetition. Perform 10 full repetitions.
3. Partner wall sit with weighted twist:
- Stand with your backs toward each other. Lean against each other so that your backs are touching and your feet are shoulder width apart and on an incline. Both of you squat into a seated position while maintaining back contact. One person should be holding a medicine ball or weight. With abs engaged, twist to one side and pass the weight to your partner. As your partner receives the weight, your partner will twist to the opposite side for you to receive the weight. That is one repetition. Perform 10 full rotations and then switch to the opposite side.
4. Mirror push-up:
- One person will be laying on the floor with legs straight and both arms bent so hands are at chest level and facing the ceiling. The partner will perform a plank with feet on the floor and hands on top (or laced) of the partners hands. From this position, perform a push-up. If the push-up is too challenging, just hold the plank. Perform 5-10 push-ups or 10-15 second holds in plank position. Switch positions.
5. Eccentric hamstring falls:
- Kneel on the ground while a partner holds your ankles to the ground. Lean forward leading with hips and keeping your knee, hips, and shoulders in a straight line. Keep leaning as long as possible until you fall on the ground and stop yourself with your hands. Push yourself back up and repeat. Perform 10 repetitions and then switch positions.
6. Crunches with partner planks:
- Lay on the ground to perform a basic abdominal crunch. Simultaneously, your partner will perform a plank with hands on your feet. Perform 10-12 crunches while partner maintains proper plank alignment. Switch positions.
1. “Good Morning” lat stretch
2. Seated hamstring stretch
3. Low back stretch
4. Pigeon stretch
5. Chest stretch
Other Ways To Spend Quality Health Time Together?
Spending quality health time together goes way beyond a gym workout! Try some ballroom dancing, a zumba class, some hip hop dancing, a little bit of salsa (dancing, that is), or maybe a home video workout series such as Insanity or P90X. You could go for a nice nature walk, play outside, or go to the local park and rekindle the kid-like spirits in each of you. Get creative. There are so many options, but the most important thing is to create that time together with the people you love and support each others health so you can each spend many more days enjoying each others encouragement, inspiration, and companionship!
Why Not Finish It Off With…
A post workout smoothie!
Strawberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup strawberries, capped (fresh or frozen)
- 1-2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 cup almond milk, you can also use coconut or rice milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I like Vega, Sunwarrior, or Garden of Life Raw Protein)
- Ice as needed
- Handful of spinach
Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy!
ACTION STEP: Take action now! Talk to your partner and set aside a time to get a non-rushed workout in together. Go over the exercises in this blog and discuss what you will be doing. When you are working out, focus on each other, how each other moves, and the joy that each of you are expressing throughout the workout. Be mindful and focused on each other. I want you to comment below or email me through my website, Facebook, or Twitter and tell me all about your prep work! Do you and your partner currently have a workout program? If so, I want to hear all about it! Live your life with passion and purpose… Did you like what you read? If so, then get yourself over to http://www.tansyrodgers.com and sign up for my FREE newsletter. That’s how you receive my newsletters to your inbox and get to hear first hand about deals, news, and exciting new events that I only share with my newsletter subscribers!