New research from personalised health and fitness program 8fit has discovered that over a third of people find training with a partner is the key to meeting their fitness goals. And as Valentine's Day approaches, why not celebrate with a fun new partnered workout to try with your other half - or perhaps even a fitness friend, since many are opting to celebrate 'Galentine's Day' instead this year! This convenient HIIT workout was designed by 8fit to get your heart rate up - not just because you're flirting - and doesn't require any equipment.
Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa often workout together
So grab your fitness buddy and try this workout for two - it's a great way to get motivated, and can be done in the gym, outdoors in the park or even at home. After all, couples that sweat together, stay together, apparently - just look at Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky, or Pixie Lott and her fiancé Oliver Cheshire…
Start your partner workout by bringing the heart rate up with some high knees. As one of you performs 20, the other holds their hands out at hip height and encourages their partner to touch their hands with their knees. Keep switching, and do five sets of high knees each. This is the warm-up!
Burpee / Wall sit
While one of you does 10 burpees, the other holds a wall sit. To do this, bring your back against the wall. Slide down until your thighs are parallel with the ground. Make sure your feet are flat and your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Breathe deeply and hold until your partner is done, then switch. Complete two or three rounds.
It’s time for some sit-ups and high-fives! Set up on the ground with knees bent and feet in the same line. Perform a sit-up at the same time, bringing hands to meet in the centre. Do as many as you can in 60 seconds!
Partner get-ups and pull-ups
This exercise works the core and upper body and does take some practice and trust. It’s really important to keep the core muscles engaged the entire time in order to protect the spine.
To get into position, one of you lies on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. The other stands with their right foot between their partner's feet with knees bent. Link your right hands with a good, strong grip. The standing partner pulls, bringing the elbow towards the ribs while keeping the knees bent and back straight. The other then uses their core to jump up and softly land. Using arm strength, the standing partner helps lower the other back down to the floor. Perform five reps on each arm, then switch places. Complete two or three rounds.
Push-ups and high jumps
Next, it's time to push up and jump up. To get into position, one comes into a plank and the other stands to the right of their legs. As the first does a push-up, the other jumps over to the left side of their partner's legs, landing softly. Complete ten push-ups and jumps before switching. Do two to three rounds. Workout finished!
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