If your sweetie has set a resolution to get fit this year, the last thing you want to do is sabotage his or her efforts with a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Instead, show your special someone how much you really love and want to spend time with them by offering one of these creative gifts…and if you don’t have a sweetie, think of V-day as ME-Day and treat yourself to these gifts of love!
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Partner Training – Week 10 – Partner Training Stretches
We are at the end of a 10 week Partner Training Series and you now have a ton of options available to you for working out with your husband, a relative, a co-worker or friend. You’ve already learned a number of different exercises you can do with your partner. The question is how do you organize it all? You obviously can’t do it all each workout. So you may want to decide that on Monday and Fridays you do a Boxing workout with medicine ball exercises in between drills. And then maybe on Wednesday and Saturdays you do a Tubing workout together and any other fun activities/drills you do together will be a bonus. We hope that it provides a lot of variety to your workouts and now that you know how to workout together, we hope that it really enhances the commitment to your health and fitness program and to your friendship.
It’s always a good idea to keep your connective tissue and your body limber and flexible so we will finish our series with a few stretches that you can do together at the end of your workouts.
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Partner Training – Week 9 – No Equipment Partner Training
Over the last few months, you’ve learned a variety of partner exercises you can do utilizing boxing equipment, medicine balls, and tubing. But what if you don’t have access to any equipment? Well, here’s a quick circuit that you can do anywhere using no equipment whatsoever. Remember what they say…
“Partners who sweat together, stay together!”
Start by facing your partner holding onto each others arms. You begin the exercise by each of you slowly squatting backwards while keeping your kneecaps pointing forwards – avoid allowing your knees to collapse inwards.Try to keep your weight equally distributed on all 4 corners of your feet – avoid allowing your arches to collapse inwards. Lower until your upper thighs are parallel to the floor or to a comfortable position. Now slowly extend back up. Complete 1 set of 8-20 reps. This one’s a good one to develop trust in each other!
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Partner Training – Week 8
Tips on How to Be a Solid Workout Buddy
Over the last couple months, this series has introduced you to a number of partner training ideas including partner tubing exercises, partner medicine ball exercises, partner boxing drills and more. Before I introduce you to a few more ideas, here’s some tips on how to be a good workout buddy. You definitely don’t want to be the training partner that never shows up!
Make The Commitment
Decide on the day(s) and time(s) both of you will commit to training together. You don’t want to have to decide when the next training workout will be at each workout – make it simple and easy so you both know the exact day(s) and time(s) each week. It’s not that you can’t be flexible and adjust if needed but you don’t want to have to spend a lot of time reviewing each other’s schedule each week to determine when you can find the time.
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Partner Training – Week 7 Medicine Ball Training with Your Partner for Active, Quality Time!
Working out with a partner is fun, challenging and because your buddy is counting on you, it’s great for helping you both stick to your workout routine. Here are a few more exercises you can add to your Partner Training program. Review past blogs for technique tips and training suggestions.
Partner Shuffle Drill:
Stand facing your partner. Shuffle for about 10 feet going one way while simultaneously tossing the medicine ball back and forth to your partner. Repeat going the opposite direction. Continue for 60-120 seconds.
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Last week, you learned a variety of partner training exercises you can do with a medicine ball. Today you can add to your repertoire.
Remember when exercising with your partner, be sure to encourage them and avoid judging or criticizing. Make it a fun and enjoyable atmosphere and you’ll both be more likely to stick to the program.
Lunge + Chest Pass to Partner:
Start by standing tall with perfect posture facing your partner. Lunge forward as you throw the medicine ball to your partner using a chest pass. Your partner will catch the ball while performing a backwards lunge. Repeat lunging forwards and backwards. Always remember to push off the front leg and be sure that while lunging your front knee stays over your front foot. Continue for 30-60 seconds each side.
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Partner Training – Week 5 Medicine Ball Training with your partner for active, quality time!
Medicine Balls are a fabulous tool for working out with a partner. There are a ton of exercises you can do together to condition your entire body. They come in sizes from 2 pounds to much heavier. If you both have average strength, a 6 pound ball is a good starting point. To purchase you own medicine ball(s), visit your local sporting goods retailer.
Each week over the next few weeks, I will provide you with three mini exercise circuits that you can do together. As you increase your fitness level, you can begin combining circuits for longer and more challenging workouts.
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Partner Training – Week 4 Boxing Drills to do with your partner for active, quality time!
Last week we learned some important technique tips for some basic punches that you can do with your partner for an active and fun workout together.
Today we introduce you to some fun drills for combining some of those basic punches.
When beginning any of the following drills, remember that you should have first practiced and mastered your technique for each individual punch. Then begin by practicing each particular drill in slow motion with no power so you can each learn where you need to be punching and where the pads need to held in order to safely and effectively execute the drill. As you each feel more comfortable, you can start adding a little more power and speed.
It would also be very helpful to invest in a private session with a trainer who specializes in boxing technique to ensure you are both punching and using the pads correctly.
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Partner Training – Week 3 – Box it out for quality time getting fit together!
Boxing together as a couple is a great way to get an awesome workout and let off a little steam.
So the next time you’re about to engage in a ‘heated discussion’, instead, try throwing on the gloves.
You’ll be laughing and having fun and will soon forget what the issue was in the first place!
Here’s some technique pointers:
First, you’ll each want to work on mastering your technique before you start getting fancy. In general you want to remember that when boxing with gloves and pads the idea is not to ‘kill’ your partner with the hardest punch you can muster up. Instead you should focus on accuracy, speed and technique. Save your power for a punching bag – that will save your partner’s shoulders and minimize injuries. Read more on Partner Training – Week 3…
Partner Training – Week 2 – Quality Time Getting Fit Together!
Exercise Tubing is a great tool for Partner Training. You can pick up a variety of tubes of various resistance levels each for about $10-$20 at your local sporting good store.
Squat & Mid-Row:
Stand facing your partner. Wrap one tube around the other tube and then hold one handle in each of your hands. Back away from each other your arms are fully extended and until there is some resistance on the tube. Begin in a squat stance with feet between hip and shoulder width apart. Slowly pull the tube, leading with your elbows, driving them backwards. As you’re rowing backwards, pinch your shoulder blades together and towards the ground. As you release your arms forward, you will squat towards the ground. Complete 1 set of 8-20 reps. This is a great exercise to help improve posture.
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