Valentine’s Day is around the corner and a lot of people are fussing about reserving dinner dates, buying flowers, and personalising gifts. While all these things are great, you and your partner can do something else, say, exercise together.
Now you might think this is crazy because who in the world would go to the gym on Valentine’s Day? If you haven’t heard of it, the gym is now the new bonding place of couples who love to stay fit.
This is even the place where some partners started their romance.
Instead of gaining more calories on Valentine’s Day, you can bond over a few exercises and what’s better is that your bodies will thank you for it. Here are 13 exercises that you can do in pairs.
1. High Knees
The first thing you want to do is to warm up and increase your heart rate so you can feel a bit of a boost. You can do this by standing in front of each other and the other places one of their hands in front, with palms facing the floor.
The hand should be at hip level as the other partner will try to reach this hand with one knee. You can do this alternately for 10 times and 3 reps. After that, you can alternate doing the same thing.
2. V-Sit and Ball Toss
Now that your heart rates are increasing, you’re officially ready to start your partner’s workout. The first exercise requires both of you to sit on the floor with both your legs in front.
Your legs should meet in the middle and should be half bent resembling a downward ‘v’. Your torso should be leaning to the back a few inches (the lower the better) until you feel a stretch in your abs.
If you think that this partner exercise is challenging, another level of difficulty awaits because you should be able to pass a ball to each other without moving your torso back and forth. Do this for a whole minute then rest for a while and do this again for two more times.
3. Plank and Reach
Another exercise great for partners is the plank and reach. Taken from its name, both of you should be in a planking position where you are facing each other.
Make sure that your legs are straight and your arms are only shoulder width apart. Then as a pair, high-five the other person using your right hand and theirs.
After this, slowly lower yourself down and then hold for three seconds. When you come up, do the same thing and high-five each other using the left hand.
As you will notice, your core and arm muscles will be strengthened. To make things more fun, you can challenge your partner to have the most high-fives.
4. Sit-ups with Jumps
Now this exercise is less challenging than the previous one because all of your weight won’t have to be on you. This time, you have your partner helping you.
So you start in a sit-up position, only now you have two hands outstretched grabbing the hand of your partner. Your partner, on the other hand, would be standing in front of you, with one leg between your legs for support.
You start of with a sit-up, and then your partner would help you get up to a stand and once you’re in this position, you jump high. Then, get back to the initial position with your partner helping you through his arm strength.
In this exercise, it’s not just your core and your hamstrings working, but also your partner’s arms and legs because they would have to help carry your weight as you stand and go back to sit-up position.
5. Running in Place
Finally, it’s time to work on your cardio. Running in place doesn’t seem like you need a partner for it, but this exercise has more to it than the usual running.
For this exercise, you would need a band or a tube to wrap around your partner’s waist as he or she runs in place. However, before he or she starts running, you have to step back twice as to have a bit of tension on the tube and your partner’s waist. Run in place for five minutes and then alternate.
6. Squats with Rotational Pass
Squats may be a great exercise for women, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a toned butt. Try doing squats with a rotational pass with your partner for a more challenging take on squats.
To do this, use a medicine ball that you will pass to your partner. Position yourselves behind each other and start passing the ball from one side to the other. This added movement will also help tone your lower torso.
7. Push-Ups with Hand Taps
If you want to get your core muscles working, you can try this twist on a push-up. Instead of your conventional push-up, add a high five with your partner every time you rise from a push-up. Make sure that you are facing each other and doing the exercise at the same rhythm.
8. Wheelbarrow Push-Ups and Squats
A push-up and a squat are two of the most common exercises you’ll ever encounter. Using these two workouts, you can bond with your partner by asking him or her to lift up your feet while you do a plank. Then, lower your body for a push-up while your partner squats to keep your back parallel to the floor.
9. Partner Heel Taps
This exercise requires you to use a resistance band. Resistance bands are very helpful if you want to do resistance training. If you don’t have equipment at home, you can take advantage of having a partner holding the other end of the band.
For heel taps, lie on the ground while your partner stands just above your head. Push one end of the resistance band to the floor using your feet while your partner holds one end just in front of their hips.
10. Side Lunge with Ball Throw
And now you can focus on your legs. Because you have a partner, you can do more types of lunges. For this exercise, you will need a ball to pass to your partner. Face each other with a meter’s distance in between you. Then, both of you lunge to each other’s right side. When you get back to starting position, throw the ball to your partner. Do this for the other side as well.
11. Triceps Kickbacks
Another exercise where you can use a resistance band is a triceps kickback. A triceps kickback works by having you and your partner face each other while each of you will hold one end of the resistance band.
The band should only be on one side. With your knees a little bent, start by pulling the resistance band away from each other. This exercise will strengthen both your triceps plus your core muscles.
12. Sit-Ups with Ball Pass
If you haven’t had enough of core exercises, then a twist on a sit-up might be good for you. This sit-up version needs a medicine ball because you will pass this ball to your partner for every rep.
To start, both of you should be in a sit-up position with your ankles side by side. Together, do a sit-up and the one that has the ball should pass it to the other.
13. Jump Squats and High Fives
This is by far the easiest exercise, but it’s a full body workout that will keep you on your toes (literally). Simply do a squat and whenever you go up, jump high in the air and give a high five to your partner. Simple as that!
There are many more exercises for partners and what’s great about this is that you can do them on any other day as well and not just on Valentine’s. It would cost you less and you will be rewarded with a happy and healthy body.