Having a partner for your exercise is super helpful and practical in that one of you can take breaks while the other person performs a set, and you can encourage each other to push on when you’re tired and just want to give up.
Read more to see our picks for the best couples workouts and partner exercises that you can do anywhere you like, at home or at the gym, to improve your body and fitness while having an enjoyable workout routine. Here’s something to inspire you to work out and have fun with your partner:
Reverse Lunge With Medicine Ball
Medicine balls are ideal for a couple of workout routines and exercises since you can pass them back and forth.
This exercise is simple and works wonders for your leg muscles. Instead of lunging forward as you usually do, start by lunging backward with one of your knees on the floor. When you push back to stand again, switch by throwing the ball to your person who will then do the same thing.
This will build your legs and help build your thighs, pelvis, and core muscles. You can even see and feel the results in your legs with this exercise in a couple of days.
This one’s similar to the reverse lunge. Start by facing your workout partner in the sit-up position with your feet touching and knees bent.
This exercise is even better when your sweetheart is by your side. Extend the medicine ball to the floor behind your head, and move up straight into a sit-up with it.
While you’re up, pass the ball to your partner who then repeats the process. You’re getting the extra resistance with the ball, but a brief break thanks to your gym buddy.
Do this exercise every day in your couples workout program for better results.
For your entire partner workout, one way to get the best bang for your buck is the weight-cardio interval. For example, while he’s doing shoulder presses exercise, you get to do jumping jacks. Switch, take a break, repeat. Your bodies get a break from weights with cardio, and from cardio with weights. It’s an ideal set design with very little time of your day wasted.
Shoulder Tap Plank
Start by getting into the plank position facing one another. Instead of staying still and counting down for a minute, challenge each other to push it a little further. The plank position is pretty tough but always encourage each other!
Alternate tapping one another’s shoulders. This requires more core strength, control, and balance. Try to keep your body as streamlined as possible, without rotating your hips.
Lying Leg Throw-Down
This exercise is a real challenge for your abs and leg muscles, and it’s also a fun way to get playful and great strength training in your workouts.
Lay with your back on the floor, your head between your partner’s feet. Hold your partner’s talus or calves and raise your legs towards them. Then, let your partner push them down as hard as he or she wants to, challenging you to pop back up without letting your heels hit the ground. Don’t get too tough on each other… but don’t be too easy on each other, either. You’ll be feeling the burn after this couple’s workout.