Couples-Only Workout


This couples-only workout was originally created for Yogasmoga. 

Working out with a partner makes many exercises more dynamic and challenging.  Exercising with your significant other brings a whole new dimension to working out together.  Working out with your significant other heightens your physical and emotional connection.  Your partnership motivates each other while working towards a common goal.  The following workout is perfect to do at home or even while traveling, as it is all body weight exercises and requires no additional equipment.  Start off by doing 10-15 reps of each exercise, working your way up to 3 rounds of this workout.  Add in 30 seconds of cardio between each exercise, such as jogging in place, high knees, or shuttle runs to make your hearts grow stronger.

Kissing Divebombers

Start off one foot apart in a downward facing dog facing each other.  At the same time, lower the body forward and down, hugging the elbows close to the ribs with the belly hovering the floor.  Come to an upward facing dog – and maybe along the way sneak in a smooch!  Go back the way you came to finish in downward facing dog.  For a challenge, do the entire sequence with one leg raised, then switch legs.  Do 10-15 reps.

Stacked Plank Push-ups

One person will lie on their back, the other will come into a plank facing their partner’s feet and grabbing on to the partner’s ankles.  Both partners will start with their elbows fully extended.  At the same time, both partners will bend their elbows, then push back up.  Do 10-15 reps, then switch positions.

Dynamic Lunges

Start facing each other with arms straight and extended forward.  Place palms on top of each other.  Partner A will step forward with their right foot, while Partner B steps back with their left.  Both partners will come to a lunge.  Then Partner A steps back with their right while partner B steps forward with their left into a lunge.  Do 10-15 reps on this side, then switch up starting legs.

Wall Squat & Dip

One partner will start off with their back against the wall and slide down into a squat position.  Knees should be at 90-degree angle and wide.  The other partner will face backwards to their partner, placing their palms on the quads above the knees while bending the legs to sit into an imaginary chair.  While one partner holds the wall squat, the other partner will perform a dip by bending elbows outward and lowering their seat towards the floor, then pushing through the palms to extend arms back to starting position.  Do 10-15 reps, then switch positions.  For an added challenge, the dipper can keep one leg lifted for all reps.

Straight Leg Lift Toe-Touches

Both partners start laying on their backs head to head.  Reach arms overhead and grab wrists.  At the same time, both partners will raise their legs towards the ceiling.  Once the body is in a capital “L” shape, lift the tailbone off the floor so the toes will meet and tap above.  Keeping both legs straight and together, lower down till the heels just hover the floor.  Repeat for 10-15 reps.  For an added challenge, after doing a set of center leg raises, do another set of dropping both sets of legs to the right, then coming back to center tapping toes overhead, then drop both sets of legs to the left and come back through center.  Be mindful of keeping both hips on the floor when dropping side to side.

Burpee Jump Over

One partner will be in a low plank on their forearms and toes.  The other partner will perform a burpee by squatting down and placing hands on the floor, kicking legs behind into a plank while lowering the chest to the ground, then coming back up to the standing position and do a lateral jump over their partner.  Repeat the burpee on the other side, and jump back to the starting point.  Do 10-15 reps, then switch.  For a modification of jumping over your partner, step over your partner to the other side.   Or test your partner’s core strength by stepping on their back while crossing over.