Whether or not you love celebrating Valentine’s Day, you should love partner workouts! That’s because the evidence is clear: Workout buddies are beneficial. And “partner workouts” don’t just involve tossing a medicine ball to each other or other two-person exercises. There are many ways to benefit from a partner workout, from general encouragement and accountability to pacing and racing! Whatever works for you.
Keep in mind, however, that buddy workouts can sometimes crowd the gym, so be sensitive to space. Limiting how much equipment you’re using is one good way to keep yourself in check. Plus, less space and equipment will allow you to keep up a high-paced, functional workout.
So grab your spouse, boyfriend, friend, or whomever you share life with, plus a kettlebell. This is a great way to burn off some dinner dates and happy hours together, while improving your strength and flexibility.
Note: If you don’t have a kettlebell handy, a heavier dumbbell works too. And of course, you can do this workout alone—but it’s more fun and effective with company!
Kettlebell Partner Workout
Each set of exercises contains two movements. Buddy 1 should do one exercise while Buddy 2 does the other. Then you switch, keeping each other on track and moving. Work at your own pace with limited breaks.
20 Push-ups* to Row (10 each side)
*Modify on your knees, if needed.
20 Lunge Passes (10 each leg)
15 Goblet Squats
20 Windmills (10 on each side)
20 Bridge Heel Drags with stability ball (10 each side)
15 Kettlebell Swings
Buddy Burpees (up to 7)
Alright, here’s how this one works: Buddy One does 1 burpee, then Buddy Two does 1 burpee. Buddy One does 2 burpees, then Buddy Two does 2, and so on until you each do 7. Then, work your way down from 6 back to 1. You each end up doing a total of 13 sets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Each person ends up doing 49 burpees! Muahaha! Enjoy!
You’re done! Congrats. Make sure to high-five your partner!