Working out on your own is all well and good but sometimes working out with a partner provides better results. If you want to shape up your fitness regimen this year, why not try partner workouts with your significant other or your best friend for that matter. You’ll find that working out together not only improves your relationship but will also keep you both in tip top shape.
If you are wondering which partner workouts you ought to try, here are a few examples to get you started.
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- Squat Jump. For this exercise, you will need a resistance band that you both can hold on to. To do this workout you should face one another and holding each end of the resistance band. You should go into a squat position by pushing your hips back and bending knees to go as low as you can manage. Jump up at the same time while keeping a slight tension in your resistance band. Land lightly on your toes then dip into a squat once more. Repeat.
- High Five Push Ups. Adding a twist to this classic move will leave your entire body struggling to stay balanced. Both of you should go into a push up pose with your back straight, core engaged, and your weight balanced to your hands and feet. Bring your body towards the floor by bending at the elbows then, as you push yourself up, do a high five with your buddy. Go back down and repeat.
- Resistance Band Chest Press. In this exercise, your partner will act as the anchor. Stand in front of your partner with your back towards her. Hold one end of the resistance band in each hand with the middle held by your partner. You can place one foot forward with knee slightly bent to help you stay balanced. Your partner should stand straight with knees slightly bent to anchor herself to the floor. Raise your hands to the side of your body with your elbows bent at 90 degrees so that your elbows, forearms, and biceps are parallel to the floor. Engage your core as you push your hands forward until they are fully extended. Go back to first position and repeat 10 to 12 times. Switch places with your partner.
- Squat Seesaw with Resistance Band. As the name suggests, this exercise follows the movement of a seesaw. You will need a resistance band for this exercise with each one holding one end of the resistance band. First you need to stand straight with your arms extended high above you while your partner is in a squat position with hands pulling the band down between her feet. As you go into a squat, your partner goes up assuming your first position. Keep going up and down until you can manage. Make sure that there is tension in the band as you do the seesaw movement.
These are just a few examples of exercises that you can perform with your training buddy that will challenge both your muscles. For sure, you will find these workouts to be more enjoyable than doing them alone.