Just The Two of Us

Everyone knows it's a little more fun to work out with company. We hope that you and a buddy can get to know each other a little better with these partner exercises we put together for About Health. You can view the full article by clicking HERE, but we've taken the liberty of summarizing them below.

Partner Pass Sit-ups

Each partner lies on their back, facing each other with their arms out, extended over their heads. One partner holds a medicine ball behind his/her head. Both partners perform a situp at the same time, and at the top of the situp, the person with the weight passes it to his or her partner.

 

 

Leg Throwdowns

One partner stands up while the other partner lies on his/her back, head by the other's feet, hands gripping their ankles. The partner on the ground lifts the legs toward the partner’s chest, keeping the knees slightly bent as the legs raise up. 

Once the feet reach about chest level of the standing partner, he/she throws the legs back toward the ground. The person on the ground must resist the force, keeping his or her feet from touching the ground. Raise and repeat while also mixing it up and working his/her partner’s obliques by throwing the legs left and right.

 

High Five Push-ups

Each partner lines up in a pushup position with their heads facing each other. Descend into a pushup until your chest reaches the ground, then on the ascent, each partner lifts their right hand off the floor to slap a high-five with the other. Alternate hands on each pushup. 

 

Back-to-Back Wall Sit

Start by standing back-to-back (backs touching) with your partner. Slowly start to descend into a squat while simultaneously slowly walking your feet away from your partner. Descend until your hips are even with your knees and your legs are roughly forming a 90 degree angle, thighs parallel to the floor. Hold as long as possible.

 

Burpee Over Plank

One partner holds a low plank on their forearms, while other performs a burpee next to the planking partner (bodies are parallel to each other). Instead of jumping straight up as in a normal burpee, hop laterally over the planker’s calves/ankles. 

The Workout That'll Make You Feel Like a Gym Class Hero

When Women's Health asked us to help their readers spice up their sweat sessions, we said there's no better way than make them into games you can play with a friend.

Here are 3 fun workouts that'll unleash your competitive side. You can view the full Women's Health article by clicking the image to the right. We've also laid out the 3 workouts below which can all be completed at home with minimal equipment! 

When switching with your partner, pick up on the circuit right where they left off. Try to complete as many rounds of the circuit together in 15 minutes.

If you're short on dumbbells for the shoulder press, use a bodyweight exercise like squat thrusts.

Scoring example: If you finished the round of 8 in part A and finished the round of 3 in part B, your score would be 5.

Halloween Contest: TBF Thriller

Our next contest will run all this week leading up to Halloween.  The game will be played during every Recess, Monday through Friday (different theme each day!), and have you working individually to try and identify four items as quickly as possible using the clues you’ll work to reveal. Paying attention to our Instagram handle may be advantageous too! Think Trick-or-Treat meets Heads Up. 

There will be daily prizes awarded to the individual who gets the day’s fastest time. Rules of the game will be described in class and no separate contest registration necessary. You sign up for class, you’re automatically registered for TBF Thriller!