Feeling less than excited about working out? Get a workout partner to increase your motivation and improve your performance. Having someone to work out with makes exercising more fun. A little healthy competition can also boost your game. I know that when I have to meet up with someone to work out, I’m less inclined to cancel or slack off on pushing myself in each exercise. Grab your significant other or best friend and show each other some love with a fun, healthy partner workout!
Back to Back Partner Sit– Burn your quads out with a wall sit against each other’s back! This one really challenges your partnering skills because you have to lower yourselves down at the same time while keeping equal pressure on your backs. Start standing back to back with your legs shoulder distance apart. As you both slowly lower into your squat position, maintain even pressure against your backs as you walk your feet forward until your legs are at 90 degrees. Hold your sit for one minute.
Wheelbarrow Squat & Pushup– This is a great core and upper body workout for the partner on the ground and a leg workout for the partner standing. Partner one will get down on the ground in a high plank position and feet together. Partner two will stand behind partner one’s feet and pick up their legs by the ankles. As partner one does a pushup, partner two does a squat as partner one’s legs lower in between theirs. You may do a regular squat with your legs slightly wider than shoulder width or do an even wider sumo squat with your legs turned out.
Plank Hand Claps– Get into a high plank position facing your each other. Keep your core tight as you take your right hand and clap your partner’s right hand with as little movement in your body as possible. Place your hand back down and then repeat the clap with your left hand. That would be the end of the first rep. Do 10 reps.
Bicycle– Work your abs, especially your obliques in this exercise. Lie on your backs with your feet facing each other. Both partners will place their legs in a tabletop position with the soles of your feet touching each other. Put your hands behind your head and curl up into a crunch position pulling your belly button into your spine. Twist your torso off your hips as you pull one knee in and bring the opposite elbow to meet your knee. The other leg will straighten as your partner pulls that leg in to touch their opposite elbow. The soles of your feet never leave contact with each other. Switch to the other side to complete one rep. Do 20 at a slow controlled pace.
When’s the last time you worked out with a partner?
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