Workouts for Couples at Home

Workouts for Couples at Home

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Working out as a couple can bond you and keep you healthy together. Images

People have busy lives with jobs or school, kids and commitments. Trying to find time to work out while still spending quality time with your loved ones is difficult, so involve your partner and keep the workout at home. The perfect couples at-home workout incorporates total body strength training and develops camaraderie and partnership while you have fun and getting fit. With just a few small pieces of equipment, your home can be your gym/playground.

Medicine Ball

Create a full-body workout with your significant other solely using a five- to 10-pound medicine ball. Medicine ball throws offer an efficient way to work the arms, legs and core by throwing and catching the ball in various positions. Do a variety of throws targeting all the muscles in your upper body, such as overhead, side twisting, underhand, chest-level and backward throws to your partner. The American Council on Exercise suggests catching the ball in a squat or lunge position to target the legs. Incorporate the abs by doing lying abdominal throws, in which you throw the ball to your partner as you sit up, and then catch the ball as you lie back down.

Resistance Bands

When you work with resistance bands your partner can be both an anchor point and a counterweight for added resistance. IDEA Health and Fitness Association recommends using two bands with handles. Face your partner -- with each of you holding one end of the band -- and pull the handles towards your torso to perform rows. Also try horizontal biceps curls and reverse flyes. Face away from each other and press the bands away from your body for chest presses, or overhead to do triceps extensions. Face the same direction and try torso twists for the abs, moving your bodies in opposite directions for resistance. Do wood chops with the bands both high and low to train all areas of your abs and midsection.

Body Weight

Exercises you can perform side-by-side to provide motivation -- but no physical assistance -- include planks, crunches, squats, lunges, pushups, mountain climbers and a variety of plyometrics. Alternatively, lie on your stomach and have your partner grab your feet. Do a pushup on your knees then, using your hamstrings, sit all the way up to a kneeling position. Fall back to your hands and repeat. For increased resistance without weights, have your partner press on your back during pushups and planks. Perform leg lifts while your partner pushes on your legs for extra intensity.


The American College of Sports Medicine recommends strength training three times per week, and hitting each major muscle group at least twice per week on non-consecutive days. Use a resistance heavy enough to fatigue your muscles by 10 to 15 repetitions, for at least three sets. In each session, do eight to 10 exercises with your partner for adequate results. Vary your exercises in each workout to keep your body guessing and to avoid falling into a boring routine. Choose the exercises together with your partner to ensure a harmonious workout.