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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.
Seated Medicine Ball Twist
Targets arms and abs
This exercise will target your obliques to help you both build a stronger core and back. To avoid lower back pain, start off with a lighter medicine ball and build your way up.
- Facing each other, sit tall on a mat with your feet touching the floor and a slight bend in the knee. Keep heels firmly planted on the ground.
- Lean back slightly and balance on your tailbone, without rounding your shoulders or back. Hold this position and keep core engaged.
- Pick up a medicine ball and move it right to left, keeping your body still as your arms move back and forth. Your partner should mirror your movements with his hands.
- After a set of 10 twists, toss the ball to your partner, who then rotates the ball right to left for 10 twists before passing it back.
- Repeat this sequence for 3 sets of 10.
- Try it solo: Using a resistance band, Sit on floor with legs extended and together, center of band wrapped around soles of feet, holding one end of band in each hand. Bend knees slightly, keeping heels on floor, and clasp hands to bring both ends of band together. With abs engaged and back flat, lean back 45 degrees and extend arms in front of you at eye level. Keeping lower body still and band taut, slowly rotate torso to right as you bend elbows slightly and lower hands beside right hip. Rotate back to center with arms extended, then rotate to left to complete one rep. Do 3 sets of 10.
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