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A Core Workout You Can Do Together

Happy 2015! Per usual, I’m hoping to eat more kale and fewer cupcakes this year.

As of January 5, I still like cupcakes more. But, I have 360 more days to get it right, and it starts today with a core workout alongside my hubby. We stick to our own fitness schedules, but we’re making it a goal to workout together once a week. Did you know it’s good for your health and your relationship?

The best part is you can do this all from home! Note: I’m sharing a workout that works for us personally. This is not from a certified athletic trainer. 

1. Planks. Get in a pushup position, keeping your elbows on the floor at a 90-degree angle (aligned with your shoulders). Squeeze your glutes and core, while keeping your head aligned with your back. Hold this position for 30 seconds.

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

2. Partner Leg Throws. Lay on your back, while your partner stands close to your head. Grab hold of his or her ankles, and raise both legs. Have your partner push your legs straight down (or to the left + right). Keep your legs straight and resist your feet from touching the ground. Do 20 reps each.

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

3. Medicine Ball Pass. Sit on the ground back-to-back, with your feet flat to the floor. Have one person hold a medicine ball (alternatives include sandbags or kettlebells). Pass the ball to your left, and retrieve it from your right (you’ll continuously exchange the ball on different sides). Do 30 passes.

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

4. Partner Sit-Ups. Sit on the ground facing each other. Place your feet under each other’s thighs, however, do not fully lock your feet under your partner, to avoid straining your lower back. In unison, lean back to begin a set of 30 sit-ups.

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

 

LaurensLyst-Couples-Workout

Do a total of three sets of each exercise, to achieve the best results.

Photos by Annie Shak