The Perfect Couple Workout

Time to motivate your partner! Grab your Valentine and hit the gym :) This workout was made for two and will get you on your way to your fitness goals and gives you both an excuse to get a little closer. ------------------ Hook Squats These require constant support from each partner. If one of you stops the motion, the exercise can't be completed. - Stand back to back with your partner and get into proper squat position with knees over ankles. - Squat down together and slowly walk clockwise while still squatting in a circle. - Once circle has been completed, count to 20 and walk in a circle counterclockwise. - Do 3 sets. ------------------ Alternating Box Jump Though this move can be done solo, pairing up for the rapid hip flexion motion ensures you're both maintaining proper form. - Face each other and place a 6- to 10-inch box between you. - Take turns jumping on and off the box in a squat position, making sure to land lightly with each jump. - After landing back on the ground, your partner completes the same move. - If needed, lightly join hands with outstretched arms for balance. - Each partner jumps 15 to 20 times for 2 to 3 sets. ------------------ Biceps and Triceps Challenge Two-person resistance training is much more effective than doing it on your own. - Stand facing your partner, approximately a foot apart. - Keeping knees slightly bent, grasp towel in the middle with palms facing upright while your partner holds the ends of the towel. - Complete a biceps curl as your partner creates resistance, being sure to keep his core tight and shoulders relaxed, not hunched toward ears. - Your partner completes a triceps extension while you create resistance on your way down from your biceps curl. - Do 15 to 20 reps for 2 to 3 sets. ------------------ Partner Push-Up - Start by lying with your stomach on the floor, elbows bent at 90 degrees and palms on the floor in a lowered push-up position. - Have your partner stand over you and place hands on your upper back. - As you rise up into your push-up, your partner creates slight resistance, being sure to keep his core tight at the same time. - Complete reps until you feel fatigued, then switch. ------------------ Push-Up High Five - Face your partner arms length apart. Get in push-up position, hands directly under your shoulders, legs extended, abs engaged. - Do a push-up, bending elbows 90 degrees. Push back up to starting position and give each other a high five, extending arm straight out, rather than up. - Complete reps until fatigued. ------------------ Seated Medicine Ball Twist -Facing each other, sit tall on a mat with your feet touching the floor and a slight bend in the knee. Keep heels firmly planted on the ground. - Lean back slightly and balance on your tailbone, without rounding your shoulders or back. Hold this position and keep core engaged. - Pick up a medicine ball and move it right to left, keeping your body still as your arms move back and forth. Your partner should mirror your movements with his hands. - After a set of 10 twists, toss the ball to your partner, who then rotates the ball right to left for 10 twists before passing it back. - Repeat this sequence for 3 sets of 10. ------------------ Superman Wrestle - Lie facedown on ground, facing your partner so that your arms are extended with palms completely touching. - With palms still touching, lift chest and feet off ground a few inches, squeezing glutes and keeping head up, looking at partner. - Hold for 30 seconds and gently lower. Do 3 sets.

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