Welcome to another edition of Fitness Friday! This week we are doing ten partner exercises. I want to thank Feminist Apparel for gifting me this awesome Fearless Feminist Tank. I love their apparel! I have a whole closet full, from when I went on a feminist shopping spree post-election. I also, featured one of their tees in my Favorite Things: Spring Edition.
Benefits to Working Out with a Partner
I recruited Courtney, one of my best friends and ultimate workout partner to help me film this workout. Courtney and I have done tons of different exercise programs together and she always makes it more fun.
Working out with a friend helps you stay accountable and motivated! We all know that feeling when you can think of a million excuses to not make a workout, but if you told your friend you would be there you are more likely to go. It also, makes it a lot more fun! I love meeting up with my friends for classes or a walk, we get to catch up and do something good for ourselves at the same time. I don’t know about you, but competition is a huge motivator for me. You and your friend can push each other to both reach new personal bests.
Check out this video, where Courtney and I will demonstrate all of the exercises.
Get in plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders and high-five your partner using opposite hands.
Partner Leg Raises
Lie on your back on a mat with your legs fully extended in front of you. Your partner will stand with their feet straddling your head. Take your hands and grip the back of each of their ankles. When you’re ready, lift your legs up toward your partner while keeping your knees straight. Your partner will grab your legs at your feet throw them back down towards the floor. Contract your abdominals to prevent your feet from touching the floor and immediately lift your legs back up to your partner and repeat.
One person will get into a squat position, and the second person will rest their hands behind them on the first person’s knees and perform tricep dips.
Medicine Ball Over/Under
Stand back to back and pass a medicine ball over you head and then between your legs.
Do normal bicycle abs, but have your feet touching.
Sit-Ups with Ball Toss
Sit-up and pass the medicine ball to your partner. Your partner will then complete a sit-up before passing the medicine ball back to you.
Back to Back Wall Sit
Instead of using a wall, sit back to back against each other like you are sitting in a chair.
Resistance High Knees
Put the resistance band across partner one’s midsection and partner two will hold the handles keeping the band tight, while partner one performs high knees.
Resistance Band Chest Press
Partner one will old the middle of the resistance band, while partner two will hold the two handles and perform chest presses. Stand further away from your partner to increase the difficulty.
This stretch feels so good!! Both partners sit in a seated straddle position and take turns gently pulling each others arms to increase the intensity of the stretch.
Check out my last Fitness Friday, which was an outdoor park workout by clicking here.