Workout Wednesday - 2 is Better Than 1 Partner Workout

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

Exercising with a partner can add excitement and variety to your workout program. It also provides you with accountability and can help motivate you to push yourself to your limits!

Here are a couple fun exercises that can be done with a partner.

Medicine ball twists
Sit facing your partner. Extend your legs towards each other and bring the bottoms of your feet together. It is important that you each keep a slight bend in your knees to avoid back pain. Lean your body back 45 degree. One partner with be holding the medicine ball. Twist your torso to the left and right while holding the ball. Come to center and toss the boll to your partner with a chest pass. Your partner will then twist left and right with the ball. The person without the ball should be a mirror image of the partner with the medicine ball.
Make sure that your abs are contracted and you are not arching your back. Exhale as your twist and as you throw the ball. Inhale as you come to center. Perform about 20 each.

Squat to row with bands
Each partner needs a band. Interlock the bands together. With the bands interlocked, each partner will perform a squat. Stand close enough so that there is quite a bit of resistance on the band. Once down in the squat each partner performs 10 rows. Repeat this 8 times.
Make sure when in a squat position that your knees are behind your toes. Keep your weight in your heels

Medicine ball lunges
Stand facing your partner. One partner has the medicine ball. The partner with the medicine ball will lunge towards the partner without the ball. The person without the ball will do a backwards lunge. Once both partners are in the lunge position, the person with the ball will do a chest pass to the person without the ball. They will then bring their feet back together and switch rolls. Once they have done about 12 on one side, they will switch their lunging leg and repeat.
Make sure when you are lunging that the knee does not come past the toe. Also make sure to have the core engaged and the tailbone tucked.

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