“Couples Workout: couples who work out together connect better…”
Whether the saying is true or not, studies by Monmouth University (MU) agrees. MU took the time to research the outcome of couples working out together; results show that:
“A joint workout is shown to increase happiness in your relationship outside the gym. Also, it found that couples workout drives romantic attraction – even more is the physiological arousal than the challenge of the activity. Lastly, a shared goal, such as aiming for a 5K together, helps invigorate relationships.”
There is a popular and influential 1974 study by Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron (of New York Stony Brook University). It reveals that the increase in heart rate, perspiration, and breathlessness make you more attracted to the other person. No wonder some people ended up in a romantic relationship with their trainers.
So, how do you start?
Here, Jonathan Rentas, a personal trainer at New York Health & Racquet Club 50th Street, shares his ultimate guide for couples hitting the gym…
1. JUMP SQUAT WITH CLAP
a. Partners stand face-to-face about one foot apart.
b. Partners go into a low squat at the same time.
c. Back straight, core engaged, and hip and knee parallel to the floor.
d. Partners simultaneously push off and jump up.
e. Arms goes overhead, and partners clap each other’s hand in mid-air.
f. Land lightly and drop into another squat and repeat.
g. Repeat for 8 to 12 reps
Modification: Squat to stand then clap (no jump)
2. PLANK AND JUMP
a. Partner A drops into a low plank with forearms place on the floor
b. Elbows tracking under the shoulder, hands parallel to the floor.
c. Head and back straight, core engaged, and legs straight.
d. Partner B stands by PA’s feet and jump laterally over PA’s ankles. (To the right or left; depending where you are starting from)
e. Land lightly and immediately jump back to the other side as quickly as possible.
f. Repeat for 30 secs.
g. Switch roles and repeat.
Modifications: Partner A could do a high plank and Partner B could do lateral hops over PA’s ankles.
1. PALL-OFF PRESS
a. Partners stand face to face.
b. Feet are hip width apart.
c. Slightly bend the knees.
d. Shoulders back and down; and engage the core.
e. Arms extend out in front parallel to the floor with hands closed palm-to-palm
f. Partner A places the backside of right hand on PB’s right backhand side.
g. Partners push to the right while keeping the core engaged.
h. Hold for 30 sec.
i. Repeat on the left side.
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