Working out with a partner is always a great way to exercise. It has a huge range of benefits in every possible walk of your training. What about if that partner was your partner? There are a load of different ways you can involve your loved one into your workouts in a whole range of different ways that give both of you these benefits.

Benefits:

Motivation

Man and woman stretching in a park

The biggest benefit of working out with your partner is that you both have more of a commitment to the workout. If you are both in it together, you’ll likely find that you are both ways more motivated to keep up your routine than if just one of you was doing it. Even if one of you Is having an off day, you have someone to fall back on that you can rely on for encouragement! It’s a great way to stay committed!

Shared Good Health

Elderly couple lifting dumbbells

Another shared benefit of having a shared workout plan is that you can both reap the rewards that exercise has to offer. You'll both get the same feel-good feeling that comes from working hard, and become much happier, more positive people for the experience. You'll help yourselves physically too, creating a healthier body and lifestyle that will transfer into life outside of fitness too!

Spend Time Together

Couple touching hands during plank

Exercising with your partner has a far more obvious benefit too. Life can be hectic for anyone, no matter what your relationship or general life is like. Exercising together means that you can spend more time together and enjoy each other's company, as well as sharing all of these other benefits. Any bonding experience is usually good for a couple, and exercising is absolutely no exception to this. Helping each other through your workouts should actually make you closer than you were before, due to the other rewards you're getting from being in it together and supporting one another.

Spotter/PT

Women coaching in a gym

Finally, the most practical benefit of working with someone else is that they can actually help you inside your workouts. Having another set of eyes means that people can help you to find issues with your performance or to tell you where you can be improving. This will make massive changes to your overall progress and help you make the most of every single workout. You have someone to support you when you try new things too! Your own personal spotter can help you to safely explore your one rep maximum or even to do negative sets. Whatever you want!

 

So, what kind of training can you be doing?

There are a lot of different routes that you can take when it comes to working out with your partner. In any form of training, there are different ways that you can reach your goals, so depending on what yours are together, then you can decide what the best way to make the most of your time is. Here are a few different things you can try that should help you out on a more generalised basis.

CardioMan and woman using battle ropes

Cardio is one of the best ideas that you can use to training together. Almost any cardio exercise has the room for two of you to be doing it at the same time, and even to help each other through it. The most common forms of cardio are centred around running, cycling, and rowing unless you’re doing it in the gym. Either way, you can help each other to get the most out of your performance and push each other further on. You can make it into a competition if that helps you, or just keep each other company while you do it. It depends entirely on what works for you, just make the most of it!

YogaCouple practising yoga

Yoga is a great way to exercise your body and your mind, and it has a number of benefits. It helps you centre yourself and get more emotionally connected to yourself and each other, while still having a lot of physical benefits that are present across all walks of exercise. You will improve your flexibility and agility, as well as put your strength to the test as you try to do more strenuous movements. Whatever works best for you both.

Sport

Sports are a great way to spend more time together, have fun, and still get a great workout. No matter what it is that you both enjoy doing, it’s going to help your fitness. Most outdoor sports are difficult for you to both get wrong, and they can be a great way to get out of the house and do more together at the same time.

Sparring

Man and woman doing boxing training

Finally, one of the more controversial ideas on the list for when you finally start to get sick of each other or even after an argument is to fight. Of course, we don’t condone violence in any way, but boxing is an incredible way for you to stay in shape. Whether you want to get in the ring with your partner and let off some steam or help each other develop your technique using focus pads and coaching, the ring is your oyster. Do what feels right for you both, and it'll work out!

 

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