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The Perfect Total-Body Workout for Couples

The Perfect Strength Training Workout for Couples

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Love is in the air, and that should mean more sweat in the gym. Why not bring your partner with you? Step up your workout sessions and show your man a thing or two with these fun and effective partner exercises that’ll strengthen your bodies and your relationship.

How it works: On two or three non-consecutive days a week, perform each move in order, resting no more than 30-60 seconds between exercises. Repeat the entire circuit 1-2 more times, resting 1-2 minutes in between rounds.

You will need: 1 medicine ball, 2 Bodybars, 2 resistance bands and 2 exercise mats

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Single Arm Jammer with Reverse Lunge

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Works: total-body

A. Stand alongside one another facing a wall with feet hip-width apart, each holding a barbell or Bodybar in their right hand, with bar parallel to the wall and arm fully extended. The end of the bar should be pressed up against the wall at the point where wall and floor meet.

B. In unison, each partner steps right foot back, performing a reverse lunge while simultaneously bending right elbow, drawing the end of barbell back toward right shoulder.

C. Partners reverse the movement, stepping right foot back to meet left while simultaneously pressing the barbell forward with control, re-extending right arm and returning to starting position. Complete all reps on right before switching sides and repeating.

Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps per side

3-Point Push-Up

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Works: total-body

A. Begin directly facing one another in a plank positon with the right leg lifted, toes off floor. Partners should be close enough that with an arm outstretched they can touch one another.

B. Maintaining this three point position, both partners perform a push-up, allowing elbows to flare out slightly as chests lower toward the floor.

C. Press back up and reach left hands forward to sideways high five the other person while keeping right leg lifted, core engaged, and hips and shoulders as squared to the mat as possible.

Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps

Lateral Medicine Ball Toss

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Works: total-body

A. Stand 3-4 feet away apart facing same direction. Partner A’s left hip should be aligned with Partner B’s right hip. Partner A pivots on feet and rotates.

B. Partner A laterally tosses medicine ball to Partner B.

C. Partner B receives medicine ball and rotates to left, performing a lunge with left foot forward.

D. Partner B pivots back and rotates, laterally tossing the medicine ball back to Partner A. Partner A receives medicine ball and rotates to right, performing a lunge with right foot forward. Continue tossing ball back and forth, completing all reps before switching sides.

Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps per side.

Rock The Boat

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Works: core

A. Sit facing one another with knees bent at a 90-degree angle, feet lifted off of the floor with soles of feet touching one another’s. Outstretch arms toward one another, keeping core engaged and spine neutral.

B. Partner A reclines back to low boat position, with legs extended and torso hovering a few inches off of the floor. Partner B remains in starting high boat position.

C. Using core strength, Partner A rises back up with control to starting boat pose position while Partner B reclines back to low boat position. Continue to alternate.

Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps.

Step Touch & Row

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Works: arms and back

A. Stand facing one another with feet hip-width apart, each holding handles of intertwined resistance bands. Stand far enough apart so there is light tension on the band with both arms outstretched.

B. Moving in the same direction toward left side of room, step feet wide while simultaneously bending elbows and keeping them close to body as both partners perform a row.

C. Both partners step opposite foot in to meet foot that just stepped out so feet are once again hip-width apart and arms are re-extending to starting position. Reverse directions and continue to alternate.

Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps

Squat Thrust Slam

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Works: total-body

A. Partners stand a feet apart facing one another. Partner A hinges hips and bends knees, lowering to squat position while holding medicine ball in front of chest.

B. With power, Partner A explodes up, extending medicine ball overhead to perform a forceful slam, driving medicine ball into ground. The ball should be slammed with enough force to bounce to Partner B.

C. As Partner B receives medicine ball and lowers down into squat with medicine ball in front of chest, Partner A performs a squat thrust, placing hands to ground and jumping feet back to plank position.

D. Partner B explodes up, extending medicine ball overhead to perform a medicine ball slam as Partner A jumps feet back towards hands with good form, rising up to standing to receive bounced medicine ball while Partner B performs a squat thrust. Continue to alternate, repeating sequence.

Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps

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