It's almost Valentine's Day-the sexiest, steamiest, and arguably sweatiest holiday of them all. And while we're all for you and your partner increasing your heart rate, losing your breath, and stretching your limbs the, erm, more obvious way-may we also suggest three couple-based workouts that offer the same physiological benefits?
Whether you two are on a pre-wedding health kick or just looking for ways to spend more time together with a healthy side perk, exercising together can bring you closer to one another and to your fitness objectives-maybe even more than a normal gym buddy or even a paid professional could. Just ask Olympic medalists and stars of our all-time favorite VISA commercial, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton. вЂњAs romantic partners, we can be totally open about goals or weaknesses without fear of getting laughed at,вЂќ says Brianne. вЂњAshton is there to help me any way he can. That vulnerability, or commitment, isn't always something you get with friends or a trainer.вЂќ
Find the workout that best suits your relationship below!
It's yoga-meets-couples therapy: your bodies are intimately close while toning up and becoming mad bendy. вЂњYoga classes can be intimidating when viewed as a flexibility competition,вЂќ says Elysabeth Williamson, founder of Principle-Based Partner Yoga in Santa Barbara, California. вЂњSome people find their way in with the help of a partner who makes them feel comfortable trying something new and difficult.вЂќ She recommends supporting-not leaning on-each other through push-and-pull poses. And while engaging your muscles is an obvious benefit, so is the stillness part of the practice-especially amid wedding planning chaos. вЂњHonestly, there's something so relaxing about just sitting back-to-back and breathing together,вЂќ says Williamson. вЂњIt's the simplest way to connect with your partner.вЂќ So if, at any point, planning has you bickering like old married folks, maybe consider stretching it out.
Partner Yoga is available in Santa Barbara, NYC, and all across the U.S.
For home use:
- View videos on partneryoga.net
For yogi beginners, download:
- Pocket Yoga for $2.99 from the iTunes App Store
- Down Dog for free from the iTunes App Store
Relay Interval Circuits
Running relays is great for grade school BFFs-and grown-up SOs. Locate an open outdoor space and have your own private field day. With interval circuits, your two-person relay team performs a quick succession of high-intensity activities-sprints, jumping jacks, burpees-but each member has a separate starting point. This burns calories like crazy and lets couples like Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton train together despite their size and speed differences. вЂњAshton is naturally stronger and faster, and I'm OK with that,вЂќ Brianne says. вЂњWhen we do a circuit, we're each on a different exercise but encouraging the other through it.вЂќ And when schedules do force you to sweat apart, you can still follow the other's progress with apps. The Eatons enabled real-time workout sharing on their Apple watches. вЂњOnce Ash was all the way in Japan and saw I completed a run,вЂќ Brianne recalls. вЂњHe instantly texted me, 'Nice job on that!'вЂќ
For fitness circuit ideas:
- Visit weareeaton.com
The Eatons use their Apple Watches and iPhone Apple Activity app, but for other workout-sharing apps, download:
- Fitocracy for free from the iTunes App Store
Say your honey is a gym-hating homebody. Try one more push-off the couch and onto your living room floor. вЂњPeople love bodyweight workouts for the convenience,вЂќ says personal trainer Chris Powell, who works with his wife, Heidi. You just need to find open space and you're ready to max out push-ups, lunges, or squats side by side. вЂњOur bodies are incredible built-in exercise machines,вЂќ Heidi says, вЂњbecause, really, people have no business picking up weights until they can control their own body weight.вЂќ The Powells also point out that it doesn't matter who's in better shape when you perform the same movements in unison. As Chris says, вЂњYou're improving your individual selves-together.вЂќ
For bodyweight programs, download:
Transform with Chris and Heidi for free from the iTunes App Store, then choose a customized plan starting at $5.99/month
Sworkit for free from the iTunes App Store