with HAC Certified Personal Trainer, Ethan Irons and Emily Bishop
Around Valentine’s Day stores are filled with candy and chocolates, restaurants have specials, and almost everything involves food or drinks. To combat the unhealthy Valentine’s habits, add a couples workout to your day. This workout will give you valuable time together and make whatever you have planned more enjoyable. No valentine’s date, no problem grab a friend!
1. Core Leg Raises
(Perform 3 sets of 10-20 reps, back and forth is 1 rep)
For this exercise, lay on your back next to your partner with a dumbbell or other object by your ankles. Keep your low back flat on the ground the whole time. Keep your feet together and lift your legs up and over the object. You can stay in-sync with your significant other or work at your own pace.
2. Plank High-Fives
(Perform 3 sets of 20 reps, each high-five is 1 rep)
Let your partner know they are awesome by high-fiving them during this exercise. You will both get in plank position facing each other. Feet should be shoulder width apart and back should not sag. Then you will alternate hands that you are using to high-five your partner. If you would like to increase the difficulty of this exercise, move your feet closer together.
3. Medicine Ball Core Rotations
(Perform 3 sets of 20 reps, each time you touch the ball is 1 rep)
Stand next to your partner facing forward and take a couple steps away from each other. Then hold a medicine ball and rotate your core, when you have rotated to look into your partner’s eyes toss the ball to them. Make sure the power of your rotation is coming from your hips, it is okay to pivot your feet during the rotation.
4. Squat Throw
(Perform 3 sets of 10 reps, each time you touch the ball is 1 rep)
Stand a couple feet away from your partner, looking at their great smile. One of you will start holding a medicine ball. You both will squat and then the medicine ball will be thrown to your partner. Continue to squat in unison until the exercise is completed.
(Perform 3 sets of 10 reps each leg)
Use a step or platform. You and your partner will be positioned caddy corner on the platform. You and your partner will each start with one leg on the platform and one leg on the floor. Then you will transfer your weight to the leg on the platform and raise your other leg to a high-knee. Do 10 reps and then switch legs. Feel free to add dumbbells.