Not motivated to do a workout on your own? How about exercising as a couple? Find out what the main advantages of training for two are and which exercises you can do together.
The advantages of exercising together
Why should you try exercising with your other half? Exercise with your partner has many benefits. It’s a great way to spend quality time together and a healthy alternative to watching TV or shopping. Exercising with two people motivates each other, which translates into results. One person keeps an eye on the other to make sure he or she is doing the exercises correctly and giving his or her best.
Exercising with your other half is a guarantee of joy and good mood. Such training is great fun. This type of training also triggers creativity in us. Together it is much easier to invent new exercises and their difficulties. You can exercise in pairs both at home and at the gym or in the open air.
Best exercises in a duet
Exercises designed to perform as a pair are numerous. Depending on the level of advancement, you can perform the same training or one person can do easier exercises, the other – more difficult. The key issues here are proper technique and 100% commitment. Before starting a pair workout, you should do a short warm-up lasting about 10 minutes. Each exercise should be repeated about 5-10 times. The warm-up may include jogging on the spot, forward and side-stepping. If you do not do them, you may get an injury.
The first exercise that is very good for performing in pairs is the five. How should it be done? Stand opposite each other, do a squat, jump up and high-five each other. Repeat for 45 seconds and take a 15 second break.
An interesting modification of this exercise is the high-five. This is an excellent way to sculpt the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. We go down to the support, and then nail the fives diagonally. As with the high-fives in the squat, exercise for 45 seconds, and then rest for 15 seconds.
You can also successfully do the bicycle as a pair. How is this exercise done? Lie on your back and raise your legs up at a 90 degree angle so that your loins are pressed into the mat, your abdomen is tight and your head is lifted up. Rest your feet against each other and pedal as if you were riding a bike.
Another one of the exercises that is perfect for exercising for two is the forward lunges. It’s best to use a weight, such as a dumbbell or water bottle, to do these. You stand opposite each other and do the forward stride – one person with the left leg, the other with the right leg.
An exercise that is extremely effective in burning fat is: fall – rise – five. First we go down to lie down in front of each other. Then energetically jump up and high-five each other. Back on the ground, rest your hands on the mat to get into a supported position and then lie down. Place your hands like you would for a push-up, stand up, jump up and high-five.
How to exercise triceps in a pair? For this purpose you will need a chair. One person stands with his back to the chair with his legs bent and supports himself with his hands on its side edges. The partner assumes an identical position, standing with his back to his other half and resting his hands on his knees. Then, the pair simultaneously performs a squat and returns to the starting position, straightening the elbows.
How do you exercise your back muscles together? Lie on your back with your heads facing each other. Then lift your arms up and interlace your fingers with the other half. Finally, we alternate moving our legs from side to side. Another good exercise for the back muscles involves two people standing with their backs to each other, raising their arms, intertwining their fingers and placing their feet at hip level. One partner does a forward bend, lifting their other half on their back. This exercise should be done alternately.
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