Make this Valentine’s Day a couples training day

Training with your loved one can help keep each other motivated and the workout will be much more fun. It can also help build a stronger bond and increase trust with one another.

Exercises to do together

Sweetheart Squats

Stand facing your partner at arm’s length with feet hip distance apart. Hold your partner’s forearms. Maintain a secure grip, keep your chest up and exhale as you both squat down until your thighs are about parallel to the floor. Pause for three seconds, and slowly return to the starting positions.

Repeat 8 to 12 times x 3 times.

Keep looking into each other’s eyes to encourage each other. You both not only strengthen your legs but build each other’s trust with this exercise.

Partner Running with Tubing or Resistance Band

Loop the resistance tubing or resistance band around the hips of your loved one.

Walk backwards until there’s tension on the tubing or band, and hold it in place for 30 seconds.

Then switch sides.

Repeat three times.

This will get both your heart rate racing.

Plank and Reach Challenge

Lie on your chest on the floor facing your partner. Keeping your abdominals tight, lift up on your forearms, curl your toes under, and raise your hip into a plank  (push-up) position. Holding the plank, lift your right arm and give your partner a high-five, then lower and switch to give your partner another high-five, but with your left hand.

Alternate and do 30-60 seconds.

A little friendly, healthy competition between your loved ones is fun. Try challenging one another to see who can hold the plank the longest or five-high until one drops.

V-sit Partner Toss

Sit down facing your partner, with your knees bent and toes touching. Hold a medical ball (or any ball) into your chest. Keeping your Chest up, throw the ball to each other. Keep your abs engaged and hold the position until 30 throws if you can manage. Repeat three times