Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Partner Workouts

Do any of y'all ever get home from work not wanting to work out coming up with every reason in the book?

I don't know about y'all, but I'm guilty. I know that I'll feel better later. I know that it's good for me. But I am le tired. Another excuse I'm guilty of is wanting to spend time with the hubs. We go most of the day doing our own things and I want to spend time with him. Going to the gym or getting in my daily run leaves me another 1-2 hours away from him minimizing our quality time.

Then it hit me. The hubs needs to workout too. Why can't we do it together? Occasionally we'll go on short weekday runs together, but over the past year, that's been about it. We used to go to the gym together. Maria, the hubs and I would make up work outs and do them together. Why not start doing it again?

So with the month of love in our midst, here are some great couple/partner workouts for you and your significant other/best friend/whatever to do together.

Circuit Workouts 
Try some different types of circuits and do them together! Maybe you can alternate choosing exercises. A great thing about circuits is you can do them anywhere: at home, at the gym or outside at a park. Here's an example to start you out!

Go Dancing!
Dancing is a tough workout y'all. I mean think about the last wedding you went to an burned up the dance floor. Were you sweating? Were you gasping for air and looking for a drink? {More than likely an alcoholic beverage, but no shame there.} There are partner dance classes everywhere, you just have to look for them. And just think of all the new moves you'll be able to bust out at the next wedding you're at!

Tennis Anyone?
I mean just check out the stats below! Tennis is great for cardio and it improves your hand eye coordination. Playing with a friend or significant other is great together time. Play a game together or just hit some balls. Be sure to run around and make the work out worth it!

Run Together or Race Each Other
Some people may not enjoy running with their significant other. Maybe due to pace differences or just because it's your me time. If you don't want to go for a regular run, try racing. Try doing a fartlek or tabata running workout and race each other during the sprints. It will make you push yourself even harder than going solo!

Fartlek: means "speed play" in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed varies, as the athlete wishes.{Wikipedia}

Tabata: the name of a particular type of workout program that provides similar health benefits to that of cardio workouts, but Tabata has a bit more spice. Instead of hours upon hours or exercise, Tabata can be completed in 4 minutes. Tabata falls under the category of high intensity training or high intensity interval training. {}

Source: via Kara on Pinterest

Together Gym Time
There are tons of exercises out there that can be done with a partner. Spice things up a bit and take a stab at a few of these!

Source: via Krystina on Pinterest

Having your significant other at the gym can also be a time to try new things. I don't know about y'all, but if I'm going to try a new machine, I don't want to look like a dummy doing it. I always feel better when the hubs is there with me. He is also a great motivator and will make sure that I'm giving it my all, completing all my reps and upping my weight when it's too easy.

It's all about accountability y'all! Having a workout partner has so many benefits, so why not make at least one day a week a partner workout! You get more time with someone your care about and you have someone to hold you accountable and motivate you. It's a win win if you ask me. Speaking of motivation, here are just a few pins that have been getting me off the couch and into my workout pants lately.

I think I'll be trying these lower ab exercises!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Be strong. Be beautiful. Just get out there and do it.

What are your favorite partner workouts?
Have you thought about or tried working out with your significant other before?

Linking up with Michelle!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,


  1. I do a lot of at home circuit workouts!

  2. I wish Tim would run with me. He's done couch to 5k a few times, but he gets nervous about actually signing up for a race. I think I was nervous for mine, but I forget now how I felt. These are all great ideas!

  3. I used to hate working out with my boyfriend because I felt awkward but now that I'm over that we like to go to the gym together. He shows me how to use all the machines so I don't look dumb (like you said) and he's a good personal trainer & motivator!

  4. Very true, I hate to be away from the hubs even an extra hour!


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