There are plenty of reasons why you should work out with your significant other—exercising with another person can help keep you motivated and make you accountable for turning up to each and every sweat session. It can make exercising more fun, and offers an extra opportunity spend time with your S.O. You know what they say about couples who work out together. One woman who’s also all about couples working out together is personal trainer and Instagram influencer Anna Victoria. Not only does she have over 1.3 million fitness-obsessed followers, but she’s famous for devising a super-effective, printable 12 week workout guide that her followers swear by. Ahead, the (newly-married!) fitness entrepreneur shared a few of her favorite couple-friendly workout moves. Not romantically involved right now? No worries, just grab a buddy and keep scrolling!
Repeat these four moves twice for a 10-minute workout.
“Begin standing facing your partner, about an arm’s length away from each other. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart for a regular squat or wider than shoulder width apart with toes pointed out for sumo squats. Grab each other’s arms until your forearms are on top of the other, then proceed to squat back. It’s important during this move to maintain a firm grip so your partner doesn’t slip and is able to focus on proper squat form. Squat back as though you’re sitting in a chair without letting your needs pass your toes. Stand up by driving your weight through your heels and then repeat.”
“Begin with one person laying on the ground and another standing. The partner laying on the ground will grab the ankle of the person standing right above their head and this is that will support their weight during the exercise. Begin by raising your legs to be perpendicular to the ground, then the standing partner will lightly push their legs down towards the ground. The partner laying on the ground will need to catch their legs before they touch the ground using their core strength. The standing partner can switch things up by pushing their legs straight down or to the left or right to work their oblique muscles as well.”
“Begin in a plank position side by side, about six feet away from each other. On epartner will start with a medicine ball by their side. Proceed by coming from a plank position to a high black so you can roll the medicine ball across to your partner. Get back in a plank position as soon as you roll the ball. The other partner will need to come up to a high plank position as the ball is rolling towards them. Increase the distance between both partners for a longer plank hold in between rolls.”
“Begin standing facing each other about six feet away. Feet should be placed hip-width apart for regular squats and wider then shoulder-width apart with toes pointed out for sumo squats. One partner will begin holding a medicine ball. Each partner will perform a squat, and when the partner holding the medicine ball stands, they will explode up from the squat and toss the medicine ball up in the air to the other partner. The other partner will catch the ball and then squat with the medicine ball before repeating the toss. Repeat for 20 reps.