Some things are best done together, but not every couple has the dynamics to workout with each other. There might be numerous reasons - different goals, different timings, and what not – to exercise solo. But opting out and demotivation will not be an option when your partner will be with you.
According to a study published in 2000 in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, couples felt more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner after jointly participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity (Bonus: It also revs up your mojo!) With that in mind, here are our top 5 workouts to make the session intense and fun!
What you need – A mat, medicine ball
How to: 1. Sit face to face, knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and ankles overlapping.
2. Hold the ball overhead with extended arms, and do sit-ups to pass the medicine ball to your partner. You partner too does sit up without the ball in the meanwhile.
3. Your partner will now take the ball, and lower back to tap the ball on the floor before sitting up and passing the ball back again to you.
Tip: Sit closer to your partner to ignite the love and enjoy the exercise! (Do keep a one-arm distance each though to perform the exercise.)
Manual Resistance Push-Up
What you need: Just a mat. Nothing else.
How to: 1. Get in the push-up position, abs firm, back straight, hands shoulder-width apart, and up on toes. The other partner faces the same direction, straddling your back, and pressing on your shoulders.
2. Start lowering your upper body as the partner applies pressure to resist the downward movement.
3. When you’re about to reach the floor, press back up. As you go upwards, your partner presses your shoulders to defy the movement.
Tip: Your partner can choose various standing positions to resist your push-ups.
What you need: The same mat. Nothing else.
How to: 1. Both partners kneel down, one in front of the other, feet bent. The partner in back presses down hard on the ankles of the front partner to assist them.
2. Front partner keeps hands at chest height, front facing and both partners start going down forward. As the front partner reaches the floor, use hands, only as much as needed, and hamstrings to get back up.
3. Front partner doesn’t sit on the butt while coming back up and bring the whole upper body into action.
Tip: Make your hamstring do more work during this exercise.
Wheelbarrow Push-up With Squats
What you need: Just a partner and some willpower!
Reps: 8 to 12
How to: 1. Your partner sits in a high plank position, with straight arms, shoulders above wrists, and tight core. You stand at their feet and lift their ankles so that it makes a wheelbarrow structure.
2. Your partner lowers into push-ups, with core tight, legs straights and you go on to do squats with hips back and knees bent.
3. As your partner returns to start position, you too stand up. Switch roles after each set.
Tip: To make it more difficult, do more than one push-up at a time.
Patty Cake Plank
What you need: A partner
Reps: 8 to 12
How to: 1. Each partner starts with high plank position, facing each other. Feet together, core tight and hips lifted.
2. Both partners bring right hands off the floor and extend their arms straight out from shoulders, reaching diagonally to slap each other’s palms.
3. Return to starting position, repeat with left hand.
Tip: You can ease this workout by doing it on your knees.
Working out with your partner will not only strengthen your bonding, but also give you both some great muscle mass. And we are always in for spending more time with your better half, be it in the bed or the gym. So go for these mind blowing workouts!