BY JOANN BARRY COLON
Did you know that relationships and fitness have a lot in common? They both require a commitment, hard work, time and patience and are totally worth the results.
As a Certified Personal Trainer, I understand that men and women may work out at different intensities, yet they both have the same goals in mind: being in a healthy relationship and getting healthy. I help partners customize workout plans that they can do together while maintaining their different workout intensities.
Below are three partner workouts that can be performed at home or the gym:
• Wall Sit/Dips: One person places his or her back up against the wall and slowly come into a sitting position, bringing your feet slightly forward and shoulder width apart. Hold the wall, sit while your partner performs their dips. For the dips, the other person stands in front of their partner (facing away), firmly place each hand on their partners thighs then come down into a sitting position (knees bent for beginners or straight for advance), begin to bring your buttocks down to the floor until your arms are at a 90 degree angle, then slowly extend your arms (keeping your back straight and chest up throughout the movement). Do eight to 10 reps then change places. Aim for two to three sets.
• Kneeling Partner Rotation: Kneel on the floor, place your feet together and keep your shoulders back and chest up. Begin to rotate a ball counter clockwise, while passing the ball to one another, and then rotate to the other side. Do eight to 10 reps counter clock wise, then repeat the other way. Aim for two to three sets (Beginners start with a two or four-pound medicine ball and advance to a four- or six-pound medicine ball).
• Partner Lunge: Stand approximately one foot apart from one another and facing each other, then hold hands. Keeping your back straight, chest up and shoulders back, step back on your left leg, bringing your knee down to a 90 degree angle (almost touching the floor)and hold for a count. Then, return your left foot to the start position. Repeat eight to 10 reps, then switch legs. Aim for two to three sets.
Consult your physician before starting this regimen. For best results, work one on one with a Certified Personal Trainer. Redeem this article to receive a complimentary partner workout session. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.