Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about expensive dinners and indulgent desserts. At the root of it, the holiday is about celebrating the people in your life you love. This year, why not spend some quality time with your special someone, or your best pal, on the gym floor instead? Not only will it save you some dough, but it’ll keep those pounds at bay, and deliver a healthy serving of happiness in the form of endorphins.

 

We chatted with In-Shape’s personal training team to pull together a heart smart couple workout that’ll only take you 30 minutes! It is simple, but effective and uses lots of full-body movements to quickly get that heart rate up and that blood pumping!

 

Remember, any great workout begins and end with a great warm-up and cool-down.  Dedicate at least 3-5 minutes to warm-up and cool-down to reduce injury, increase mobility, and improve performance.

 

Heart Smart Couple Workout:

  • Circuit has 4 exercises.
  • Repeat circuit 4 times and switch directions/partner each round.
  • Work for 60 secs per exercise with 30 seconds rest in between.
  • After the fourth exercise, rest for 1-2 minutes before repeating.

 

Circuit:

  • Exercise one: Squat with Rotational Pass (Medicine Ball)

 

 couple workout squat

 

Standing back-to-back, drop into a low squat with thighs as close to parallel to floor as possible. Stay here throughout the exercise. Partner 1 will hold the medicine ball at chest height. Rotate from the upper body, hand the ball to Partner 2. Partner 2 will rotate to take the ball from Partner 1 and then quickly rotate the torso to the other side so Partner 1 can accept the ball on that side. Work for 60 seconds.

 

  • Exercise two: Sit-Up Pass (Medicine Ball)

 

couple situp

 

Both partners lie on their backs, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Partner 1 takes the ball with arms overhead. Pull abs in to sit up, and extend arms and medicine ball up and toward your partner. Simultaneously, Partner 2 sits up (without the ball). Partner 1 passes the ball to Partner 2 so Partner 2 can sit back with the ball overhead to tap it on the ground behind head before sitting up and passing the ball back to 1. Work for 60 seconds.

 

 

  • Exercise three: Lunge to Chest Pass (Medicine Ball)

 

couple workout squat

 

Stand facing each other about 5 feet away.  With the medicine ball at chest height, both partners step forward into a lunge.  Chest pass the medicine ball by pushing it out from the center of your chest. Catch the ball at chest height and step back to return to start position. Work for 60 seconds.

 

  • Exercise four: Cardio Tag: Plank Hold & Jump

 

One partner stays in a forearm plank for the first 60 seconds. The other partner will jump laterally over the other’s ankles (to the right). Land lightly on toes and immediately jump back (to the left) as quickly as possible. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch roles.

 

  • Rest 1-2 minutes and repeat the circuit