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Cardio Fitness for Two


By kimfitness on May 20, 2012 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates

Pair up to Maximize Your Workouts.

Finding the motivation to exercise can be daunting at times but getting a friend or loved one to workout with can help you get the job done. Pairing up during fitness activities might spark energy that allows you to burn more calories than you would if you were alone. Often times it urges you to try new exercises that you otherwise may have not tried by yourself. It even can take your mind off the clock and help you focus on each task or challenge done with your partner. Best of all, exercising with others adds an element of fun to any workout which can help you enjoy fitness and not think of it as work. Put a nice spin on your workout by finding a partner to complete the following exercise with you. 

For this workout, you and your partner should start at separate ends of a field or open space (a distance of about 20 or more yards should suffice).  Stand facing each other in preparation to run toward each other with the intention of completing a different strength training exercise at the point where you meet.  

ROUND 1:

  1. Start by running toward each other and whenever you meet (this will not necessarily be the middle distance) simultaneously complete 10 Squat Jumps. Sit deep into the squat and jump nonstop until you’ve done 10. Run back to start. 

  2. Start again by running toward each other and whenever you meet simultaneously complete 9 Squat Jumps. Sit deep into the squat and jump nonstop until you’ve done 9. Run back to start. 

  3. Start again by running toward each other and whenever you meet simultaneously complete 8 Squat Jumps. Sit deep into the squat and jump nonstop until you’ve done 8. Run back to start. 

    Notice the pattern here. You will do 1 less squat jump each time you run to meet your partner. You will repeat this until you pyramid down to 1 Squat jump. This will be the end of this round. 


Take a small break after each round.  After about 1 or 2 minutes of recovery each partner should fall in to sit-up position and complete a Long Arm Crunch with a ball or weight in hand. The key here is to pass the ball back and forth to your partner about 20 times. Then start the next round.

The remaining rounds should be done exactly like round one only you will do a different strength training exercise when you meet your partner.  You can try hopping, skipping, or high knees to reach your partner instead of basic running.

Try these suggestions for your next few rounds. 

ROUND 2:  Pushups when you meet your partner

ROUND 3:  Side lunges when you meet your partner

You can add as many rounds with different strength training exercise that you’d like. Just make sure you challenge yourself.  

Your thoughts...

When you workout do you like to workout with a friend or do you workout alone?

For more weight loss tips and strategies on how to revamp your workouts visit me at http://www.keepitmovingfitness.com/ for more workouts like this. Like me on Facebook to see what others are saying about this workout. Remember, I am always here to answer your questions every other Sunday on Calorie Count. I love reading your comments.



Comments


Iam more motivated n dedicated with a partner...shes my energy at the gym..thx hina ji :)



I suggest workin out with a partner....my sister I love going to the Bodypump classes at Golds GGym. The workout is intense but with all the laughing we do to not pay attention


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