Anyone who has ever worked out with a partner knows that it’s not really the sensual, romantic experience you’re expecting it to be based on what you’ve seen in your favorite romantic comedy. However, you can still have a lot of fun together and keep your passion for each other going despite the sweat and other unromantic features of a great workout.
The key is to find the great partner workout moves that will have you working together and truly enjoying each others’ company at the same time. This will help to boost spirits, enhance the depth of your relationship and when you do workouts on a regular basis, it’s also great for the libido, shhhhh!
If you’re looking to improve your fitness and have been trying to think of something new to do together, partner workout moves could easily kill two birds with one stone.
Use the following moves to get your workouts going together while you enjoy being in contact with one another.
• Arms challenge – This move is great for the biceps, triceps and shoulders. It’s a form of resistance training for two people, which many people find is more fun and effective than resistance training on your own. Stand facing each, other about 12 inches apart. Slightly bend your knees and hold a towel between you with your palms facing upward. Each of you should have one end. One of you then completes bicep curls as the other one creates resistance. Keep the shoulders relaxed (not hunched) and core tight. After you do the bicep curl, you create the resistance as your partner does a triceps extension on the way back down again. After you’ve done 15 to 20 reps, alternate roles for 2 to 3 sets.
• Partner push-ups – This may sound as though it involves doing pushups while your partner sits on your back, but in reality, it involves standing apart, reaching toward each other so your palms rest against each others’ and your arms are nearly fully extended. Slowly start to lean toward each other for a standing form of a push-up, bending only your elbows and keeping the rest of your body as straight as you can. Once you touch noses, slowly push apart again! Repeat until you feel fatigued.
• Cross-cross crunches – Sit on the floor as you would for standard crunches, with your back on the floor and knees bent. Keep your hands behind your head or in front of your chest. Hook your legs with your partner, keeping your legs locked together. Do crunches in time with each other, keeping your abs engaged. Finish three sets of ten reps or continue until fatigued.