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Pair Up and Slim Down: The Couple Workout
Quit the cuddling and spend some QT time at the gym instead. "Research shows that 94 percent of couples stick with their fitness programs when they work out together," says Jari Love, certified personal trainer and fitness DVD star. Here, some moves to try together.
Biceps and Triceps Challenge
Targets shoulders, biceps, and triceps
Two-person resistance training is much more effective than doing a series of traditional curls on your own. Rather than relying on weights to provide resistance, take turns with your partner using a towel. Try this move from Love:
- Stand facing your partner, approximately a foot apart.
- Keeping knees slightly bent, grasp towel in the middle with palms facing upright while your partner holds the ends of the towel.
- Complete a biceps curl as your partner creates resistance, being sure to keep his core tight and shoulders relaxed, not hunched toward ears.
- Your partner completes a triceps extension while you create resistance on your way down from your biceps curl.
- Do 15 to 20 reps for 2 to 3 sets.
- Try it solo: Using a resistance band, stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding band in both hands so that it's taut when arms are straight out to sides at shoulder level. Keeping arms at shoulder level throughout, bend left elbow to bring left hand in front of chest, palm facing in; extend left arm to return to start. Do 12 reps. Switch arms and repeat. Do 3 sets.
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