This Valentine’s Day, we’ve teamed up with CocoPro to bring you something a little different: a partner workout! Designed to sky rocket your motivation and deliver some quality time together, this workout is perfect to shake up your usual exercise routine.
You’ve both survived the working week, you’ve got some vague weekend plans together, but a voice in your head is nagging you to tick off that much needed gym session. You head to the gym – one hits the weight rack, one strolls solo over to the treadmill. You reconvene 40 minutes later with separate experiences and separate exercise tales… good or bad.
Fancy shaking this up? We thought so.
At CocoPro we are all about finding ways of boosting morale, striving to do better and driving confidence in everyone. As a result, we’re encouraging people to partner up, mix up their usual workout routine and discover a new found enjoyment of challenging each other outside of the four gym walls!
CocoPro ambassador and personal trainer Harvey Lawton recommends the following exercises for a beneficial yet high-spirited workout with your partner, friend or colleague.
Partner Banded Pallof Press:
Using your partner as resistance, find a middle ground and both push the band under tension away from you in a straight line (from your center). Aim to maintain a strong position and keep the core engaged as you push the band away. Aim to do 10 reps in sync.
Keeping your chest up and knees driving out, sit back into a squat position holding a kettlebell or dumbbell in front of you – if you don’t have equipment just your bodyweight is fine. Aim to get your hips below the height of your knees – facing each other means you can check each other’s positioning and encourage a deeper position! Aim for 10 reps.
Partnered Bench Step Up / Press Up
One person to perform step ups (on any suitable platform), maintaining control of the upward and downward phase of the movement. At the same time the other person does press ups, keeping a braced torso, lowering their chest to the bench then pushing away. Aim for 10 alternating step ups/10 press ups, then swap.
Partnered Bench Split Squat
In sync with your partner, place your back feet on the bench and drop down with a controlled tempo until you’re both in a deep squat position on one leg, then drive up. Aim for 8 quality reps on each leg.
3-4 rounds should get everything firing for both of you!