Fitness Friday 9/18: Have More Fun with Partner Exercises

Happy Friday!  A LOT has been going on this week for me, and it's only going to continue to get busier as my boyfriend and I get closer and closer to our move.  We're so happy it's Friday and that it's the weekend!  We're taking some time off from packing (SO glad we have that luxury!) to spend quality time with family and friends before we leave Rhode Island.  So this weekend will be filled with many gatherings and goodbyes.  Or, as I like to see it, many "see you later's".

But on to the fitness for today.  I posted a partner Fitness Friday workout a while ago and thought it was pretty fun, so here we are again!  I don't know about you, but I find doing partner exercises really encouraging and motivating.  You have someone by your side to help push you when the fitness gets tough.  Ready to push each other and get some movement in your day?  Keep reading for the details! 

Fitness Friday 9/18: Have More Fun with Partner Exercises

Fitness Friday 9/18

Partner A starts with the first exercise in each pair, while partner B does the second exercise for however long it takes Partner A to finish.  Then switch roles so you each complete all exercises.  This will likely be a quick little workout for you both, so try to complete it 3 times through.  Grab a friend and work both of your muscles!

10 Plyo Squats / Jumping Jacks - partner A starts with 10 plyo squats.  Start in a squat position as low as you can get, arms bent as if in a prayer position.  From here, use your glutes and quads to propel yourself up into the air, swinging your arms down by your sides as you jump.  As you land back down, immediately lower yourself back down into a squat.  Remember, be light on your feet and keep the motion fluid (i.e. no pause).  Partner B does jumping jacks.  Once done, switch roles.

10 Push Ups / Straight Leg Hold - partner A does 10 push ups, keeping your spine in a straight line from neck to tailbone.  Feel free to do these from your knees, too.  Partner B is supine (on your back), legs out straight hovering just above the floor to engage your abs, hands under your lower back for support if needed.  Hold that position while Partner A does their push ups.  Once done, switch roles.

10 Figure 4 Plank Knee Taps / Plank Hold - partner A starts in a plank position on your forearms.  Cross your right leg behind the knee of your left, keeping it parallel to the floor, as if in a figure 4.  From here, dip your left knee to the floor, tap, and raise back up.  Do 10 taps on your left, then switch to the right for 10.  While partner A does these, Partner B holds a plank (either high on your hands or low on your forearms).  Once done, switch roles.

Since that was probably a quick run through, go through these exercises twice more for the full workout today.  If you can fit the full workout in once more, even better! :)

Readers: chat with me!  Do you like partner exercises?  Instructors, do you offer partner exercises in your classes?  (I'm a huge fan!)  What's everyone up to this weekend?  How are you staying active?