Valentine’s Day is coming up, so why not get your heart pumping with the one you love? One of my favorite ways to set up a partner workout is to pair high-intensity moves with isometric holds. In other words, one person totally sweats it out while the other person remains in a challenging position and silently prays for the timer to buzz. Then, the partners swap places. While the workout is more difficult than it sounds, having someone suffering along with you will help ease the sting. At the very least, you’ll have something to laugh about for days.
For this type of workout, choose a length of time to complete each move that sounds challenging but attainable. Common lengths of time range from 15 seconds to 1 minute. Just do what feels right for you and your partner.
Static Lunge + Star Jumps
Partner One: Stand up straight with your shoulders back, chin up, and core engaged. Step forward with one leg and lower your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Switch legs halfway through.
Partner Two: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart or closer and your arms slightly bent at your sides. Squat down and then jump back up as high as possible, while spreading your arms and legs out, like a star. Land back in the position you started in and repeat the process.
Forearm Plank + Mountain Climbers
Partner One: Get into a plank position with your forearms and palms flat on the floor. Brace your core and keep your torso and legs as straight as possible.
Partner Two: Get into push up position with both hands flat on the floor and your right leg toward your chest. Explosively switch the positions of your legs, kicking the right leg back while tucking the left leg under your chest. Continue switching legs, making sure to keep your upper body as still and straight as you can.
Static Squat + High Knees
Partner One: Sink down into a low squat while engaging your glutes and keeping your upper back straight.
Partner Two: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your right knee toward your chest and quickly place it back on the ground. Do the same with your left. Continue to alternate knees as quickly as you can.
Glute Bridge + Lateral Hops
Partner One: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips away from the floor until your torso forms a straight line, bracing your core to help stabilize you.
Partner Two: Stand up straight with your feet together. Keeping your feet directly underneath your body, quickly hop sideways over a towel or imaginary line. Land as softly as possible and immediately hop back to the other side. Continue hopping back and forth as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Push Up Hold + Cross Jacks
Partner One: Get into push up position. Lower yourself until your arms form a 90-degree angle (the bottom of a push up).
Partner Two: Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms out to the side with your palms facing down. Jump and cross your right arm and right leg over your left arm and left leg. Immediately jump back to the starting position, then repeat the crossing motion with the opposite arm and leg on top.
For a fun twist, use number of reps to control the workout instead of length of time. For example, have partner one hold a squat while partner two completes 30 high knees. The faster partner two works, the faster partner one gets to take a break. It’s a surefire way to see exactly how much someone loves you, right?