We’ve all heard the expression ‘couples who sweat together stay together’.
Training with your partner is an awesome way to increase your motivation and get into tip top shape this Valentine’s Day!
Studies indicate that training with your partner can significantly strengthen the emotional tie in a relationship, inspiring you to fall in love all over again – yes please! Award-winning personal trainer at Virgin Active, Richard Woolrich, states: “When both you and your partner are invested in the same goals, there will be a greater chance of success”.
So go on, give this Valentine’s Day workout a try:
Boxing doesn’t always have to be rough and tumble (unless you like it that way). Light and playful body sparring with your Valentine can be tons of fun. Throw gentle punches at them, targeting the lower body region and then defending yourself while they strike back. Nothing gets the blood flowing like a bit of contact sport! Sparring is great for body conditioning and raising fitness levels. Developing elements like range and timing make it highly skillful, forcing you to think on your feet.
“Light and playful body sparring with your Valentine can be tons of fun.”
Standing face to face, about half a metre apart, reach out and take hold of your partner’s hand with both thumbs crossed. Use the same hand as they are (i.e. both using your left hand forming a cross-like shape). Once you have a firm grip, begin to lean back simultaneously into a squat position and then lower yourselves further into a sitting position. Once you reach the floor begin to stand up again using your body weight and arm strength to pull yourself and your partner up off the floor. Repeat for 20 reps before changing arms.
Resistance Band Lunge Twists
Stand side by side each holding one end of a resistance band with both hands. Stand far enough apart from each other that you create light tension in the band. Simultaneously lunge forward with your outside leg, sinking into a lunge with both knees bent. Keep a tight core and straight back. From your lunge position, keep a firm grip on the band and rotate away from your partner, twisting only the upper body. Rotate back to the centre and push back up to the starting position. Continue for 12 reps before switching sides. (Resistance bands can be found at Virgin Active health clubs.)
Medicine Ball Throws
Get down onto the mat in a seated position. Your Valentine will stand facing you at the end of the mat, medicine ball in hand. Perform a sit-up. Catch the ball that they throw as you come up back into a seated position. Throw it back to them immediately before going into the next sit-up. Sit-up, catch, throw, repeat for at least 20 reps before switching over. Co-ordination is key, and you can also play with speed. It’s a great workout for toning abs, arms and strengthening your back and shoulders.
“…research has shown that yoga is beneficial for improving and maintaining a healthy relationship.”
Yoga for Two
Rekindle that flame by trying out a yoga class together – research has shown that yoga is beneficial for improving and maintaining a healthy relationship. Yoga teaches you live in the present, helps you relax, promotes patience and improves your sex life! It also increases self-awareness, making you a better partner. End the class lying hand-in-hand in Savasana pose – you’re guaranteed to leave the class feeling more connected to your mind, body and most importantly, your relationship!
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.