There’s really no better motivation for a workout than having a partner to exercise with. You can hype each other up, catch up on the latest chatter, and spend time together while getting fit. Not to mention getting sweaty with your S/O can lead to some major foreplay (just saying). Ahead, Amanda Lee is breaking down six moves you can do with your partner (moves work just as well with a platonic workout buddy for our single readers). Learn the at-home routine below.
Sit-up Ball Toss
Partner Wall Sit
Split Squat Leg Hold
Leg Throw Down
(Medicine ball required)
The Move: Sit-up Ball Toss
How to: Hold a medicine ball and lie flat on your back with knees bent, legs hip-width apart, abs engaged, and ball next to your chest, elbows bent. Have a partner kneel in front of you, placing pressure on your feet (optional) to help stabilize your legs.
Exhale, keep your back straight, and use your abs to sit up, bringing your chest toward your thighs and your back off the floor as you simultaneously toss the ball to your partner. Inhale, slowly lower back down toward the floor (as your partner tosses the ball back to you), and catch the ball before you return to the starting position to complete one rep.
The Move: Partner Wall Sit
How to: Begin standing side by side with your partner and lower into a squat position with your backs against a wall, knees over ankles and weight on heels (maintain squat throughout). One person holds the ball with both hands at chest level while the other person holds hands at chest, ready to receive the ball. Twist right as partner twists left, passing or receiving the ball. Switch directions and pass back or receive the ball to complete one rep.
The Move: Wheelbarrow Push-up/Squat
How to: Begin in the top of a push-up and have your partner hold your feet in their hands. Do as many push-ups as you can while keeping your core tight. As you lower yourself down, your partner should also lower themselves into a squat, keeping their arms straight and tightening their butt muscles.
The Move: Split Squat Leg Hold
How to: Position yourself into a staggered stance with front foot forward and your partner holding your rear foot. Begin by descending, flexing your knee and hip to lower your body down. Maintain good posture throughout the movement. Keep the front knee in line with the foot as you perform the exercise. Your partner will perform a squat while holding your foot. At the bottom of the movement, drive through the heel to extend the knee and hip to return to the starting position.
How to: One partner holds a wall sit squat position while the other person places their hands onto their partner’s knees. Then that person bends their elbows and lowers into a dip, presses up, and repeats while their partner maintains a squat hold. Switch positions and repeat.
How to: One partner lies on the floor while the other stands over them with their feet on either side of the floor person’s head. The person lying on the floor grabs their partner’s ankles and, with their feet together and legs straight, raises their legs in the air while keeping their back flat on the floor. When their feet are perpendicular to the floor, the standing partner shoves them back toward the ground hard, while the person on the floor tries to control their legs with their core muscles.
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