The Couples’ Workout

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Joy Niemack

Think you can’t work out at home because you don’t have any equipment? Well, you probably have everything you need, you just don’t know it. Just grab your other half and you’re ready to go. This full-body workout, compiled by exercise physiologist Dr Lisa Micklesfield, is designed to use two people’s body weights as resistance to build and strengthen both your muscles and his. “It doesn’t matter if your boyfriend is 30kg heavier than you because you use your own body weight as resistance, rather than his,” says Micklesfield.

Lateral Arm Raise


Works shoulder muscles and upperback

Stand with your arms at your sides and your feet hip-width apart. Have your partner placehis hands on your arms, just above your elbows. Lift your arms out to the sides for a count of five while he pushes down on your arms (A), resisting your movement, until your arms are in line with your shoulders. This works your deltoid muscles and his arm muscles. When your arms are level with your shoulders, have himmove his hands to under your arms, just above your elbows (B). Pull your arms down for a count of five while he resists your movement. This works your lats and his biceps. That’s one rep. Do 10, then swap around. Do this twice.

Quick Tip: Bend your knees slightly and engage your core to enhance stability.

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