Love Is In The Air - Couples Workout
With Valentine’s day just around the corner, what a better way to find excuses to spend more time with your significant other. Couple workouts are a great way to maintain a healthy relationship while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many say, “couples who workout together stay together,” and as for me and my spouse we find this to be true. We love couple workouts not only because they strengthen our relationship but they also strengthen our bodies. SO why not bring your partner with you to workout? Show your significant other a thing or two of your athletic side. Here are some great couple workouts that we love and want to share with you.
- Start your workout together by running 1/2 mile together, then spend the at least 15 minutes doing these three intervals:
- 20 squat ball tosses: Start in a squat and throw a ball up and over to your partner, who then catches it, squats, and continues the back-and-forth.
- 10 Russian twists: Stand with your back to each other and rotate 5 times in one direction, then 5 times in the other as you pass the ball back-and-forth.
- 20 sit-up passes: Do a sit-up at the same time. One of you should touch the ball over your head, pass it to your partner, sit up, and repeat.
- Do a set of 42 reps of each exercise, then a set of 30, then a set of 18.
- Alternate single burpee box jumps: Do a burpee and a box jump. As soon as you stand up on the box, your partner can start his burpee. Continue alternating.
- Partner row: Hold onto the bar with your legs on your partner’s shoulder to assist with the body-weight row.
Run 1 mile together, then as quickly as possible, do 5 rounds of:
- 3 plank/lateral hop-overs: Hold a plank position on your elbows while your partner does a lateral hop (or modify with a side-step) over your legs. Each partner should complete 3 reps.
- 3 junkyard dogs: Hold downward-facing dog while your partner crawls underneath you. Then lower down into a push-up position while your partner jumps over you. Each partner should complete 3 reps.
- 3 wheelbarrow push ups: Start lying on the ground, push up into a high plank, and have your partner lift your legs. Lower down into a push-up or you can remain straight-armed and hold for 10 seconds. Each partner should complete 3 reps.
As quickly as possible, do 2 rounds of the following, splitting reps as needed. Only one person works at a time, but don’t set weights down. You must complete all 50 reps before moving on to the next exercise.
- 50 kettlebell swings
- 50 kettlebell goblet squats, done with the weight held close to your chest.
- 50 sumo deadlift high pulls
- 50 pass-through lunges: Lunge at the same time. hold the kettlebell in your left hand and step forward with your right leg into a lunge. Pass the kettlebell under your right leg to your left hand and step back to a standing position.
Do as many rounds as possible of burpees while your partner runs approximately 200 meters. Each partner should do 4 rounds of runs and 4 rounds of burpees.
In 18 minutes, do as many rounds as possible of:
- 4 squat circles: Hold on to each other’s opposite wrists, and while remaining in a squat, rotate around in a circle, going twice in one direction and twice in the opposite direction.
- 8 partner rows: Lie down while your partner stands over you with his legs bent and core tight. Hold on to each other’s forearms and do a bodyweight row. Each partner should complete 8 rows.
- 12 push-up claps: Do pushups at the same time, clapping opposite hands as you come up. Separate legs for extra stability.
- 16 sit-up claps: Face each other and do a sit-up at the same time. At the top, high-five each other.
- 20 high-five vertical jumps: Squat at the time and jump up, high-fiving while in the air.
Now it is time to stretch!
Hold each stretch for 1 to 2 minutes:
- Chest stretch
- Pike stretch
- Straddle stretch
- Foam-roller thoracic-spine and overhead stretch
Life gets busy and so do our schedules, due to this we may not always be able to go to the gym with our significant other. With our silicone wedding bands, Grizzly Rings are the perfect way to show your commitment and love while working out. You no longer need to worry about damaging your Diamond ring or other wedding bands you may have.
Salveo, A. (2014). The One-Week Couples CrossFit Workout. Retrieved January 30, 2016