couples workout

Better Together

Nothing says 'I love you' like a serious sweat session. In true Cupid spirit, a workout for two.

LA-based Group Fitness Manger Angela Leigh and her boyfriend Shaun Jenkins, a Tier 3+ trainer in New York City, live nearly 3,000 miles apart, so when they can get together for a workout, it’s all fireworks and fat-burning. "When you're working out with a partner there is this extra (good) pressure to really 'show up' for the session," says Leigh. And if you really — I mean really — like that partner, it's even better: "Seeing my lady sweat and work hard is just as attractive as seeing her in a little black dress," says Jenkins. "I love it."

As we approach February 14, we asked the couple to create their ultimate do-together workout. Here, four of their favorite moves. Do 3 sets of the indicated reps:

1

Windmill Push Ups

Start in plank position, facing each other about one arm’s length away. Do one push-up, and then extend right arms to slap hands, and rotate to the outer edge of the left foot into a side plank, right arm extended to sky. Rotate back to plank position, do one push-up, and then repeat to opposite side for one rep. Do 8-10 reps.

2

Assisted Sit-to-Stand

Partner 1 lies on floor, knees bent, feet flat, while partner 2 sits on floor holding partner 1’s feet. Partner 1: Sit up, then rise to stand without using arms. Sit back down on floor, then use core to lower down to start for one rep. Do 8-10 reps, then switch places.

3

Wheelbarrow Walk

Partner 1 starts in plank position, and partner 2 grabs partner 1’s ankles and holds them at waist-level. Partner 1 “walks” forward on hands alternating right and left hand 10 times. Switch places and repeat.

4

Walking Lunges with Resistance

Stand facing each other and lock arms so hands are on each other’s shoulders, arms extended, then lower into deep lunge. Partner 1 does 8-10 walking lunges forward while partner 2 does 8-10 walking lunges backward, pressing into each other's shoulders and staying low. Switch direction and repeat.