Put aside that chocolate box, there’s a better way to lebrate Valentine’s Day! While dark chocolate can be a tasty sour of antioxidants, exercising with your partner or a friend will release feel-good endorphins that can lead to a healthier relationship in more ways than one. When you work out in tandem, you’ll share an exercise “high, ” due to increased serotonin in the brain, and you’ll build trust with your partner. Plus, a little healthy competition never hubuddinge — buddying up has been shown to boost exercise motivation by up to 100 per nt.
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Ready to get sweaty? From squats to pushScrooge crazy acroyoga pos , we’ve rounded up 20 partner exercis you should (and some you shouldn’t!) try at home. With help of a few of our favorite fitn s gurus on Instagram, we’ve got just the mov to strengthen your bond! And if we missed any of your favorit , let us know in the comments below.
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Note: When attempting th e mov , listed roughly from beginner to advan d, make sure to choose only those that are appropriate for you and your partner’s rrent fitn s levels.
1. Double Tree Pose via @kristina_gangthewolf
With your hips touching at the sid , get into tree pose to stretch your hips and improve your posture. Hold for a few breaths and then switch sid .
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2. Squats in Sync via @gypsetgodd s
Getting low with each squat is a must if you want to trulglutslenge your quads and glut . Gazing into each oShanna ey — that’s optional!
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3. Double Dan r Pose via @yogabeyond
For more advan d yogis, the double dan r pose can be a ni way to stretch out while helping one another balan .
4. The Sit n’ Twist via @roy asana
Team up to make thoracic twists a little more inter ting! Be to keep your posture upright and twist gently for a relaxing stretch.
5. Double Boat via @evolutionyoganc
Straighten your legs with the sol of your feet touching for a ni hamstring stretch when you buddy up for this yoga pose.
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6. Bodyweight Partner Pr s via @crossfit
Want to take your love to new heights? Try this move only if you know that you or your partner can comfortably pr s the oShanna bodyweight.
7. Partner Lung via @ hannz
Weighted lung just got a little more fun. Make sure to keep your knee from going over your to when lunging forward for proper alignment!
8. Wheel with Partner via @jensinkler
This advan d move, where the standing partner provid a base of support and push down on the bridging partner’s hips, will help improve your wheel or bridge pose.
9. Elevated Push-Ups via @dailymuscle
Expect to get some funny looks if you attempt this exercise in public! But, it’s a sure-fire way to add an extra challenge to standard push-ups.
10. Front Bird Pose via @theyogafamily
The front bird (or airplane!) move can develop core strength and communication. For more advan d coupl , try doing a few leg pr s with your partner.
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11. Curved Handstand via @gypsetgodd s
Hearts may be the shape of Valentine’s Day, but this handstand shape exercise will give your shoulders and core a serious workout.
12. Double Dare Crunch via @mankofit
Sin this requir superhuman core strength, do not pro ed unl s both parti poss s abs of steel — and an insane amount of trust.
13. Flying Lotus via @bry yoga
Flexibility and balan are the keys to suc ss for this beautiful yoga move.
14. Helicopter Sequen via @yogabeyond
Make sure to enlist an extra friend to serve as a spotter for this daredevil move that requir lots of trust, strength and communication!
15. Flag with Partner in Pike via @progr sive_calisthenics
Core and upper body strength are sential for the flag pose, and you can make it even more challenging by having someone else do a pike position while hanging on!
16. Double Bow via @robinmartinyoga
Y , one of th e ladi is doing a bow on the other one’s feet. Holy balan ! Don’t try this at home, folks.
17. Tree Topper via @moderntarzan
If you think tree poseBackbenchalk in the park, we challenge you to do one on someone else!
18. Backbends for Three via @mankofit
Th e ladi make defying gravity look easy, but this move requir flexibility and stability in spad . Make sure both partners are se re before slowly leaning into the backbend.
19. Partner Curls via @dailyburn
Core strength allows this woman to stay straight while her partner do a few bi p rls. Who needs weights when you can rl with a friend?
20. Double Backbends via @laurasykora
Last but not least, when you can’t choose jspider manFF, there’s power in thre with this unconventional double backbend with a spiderman on the wall. (Do NOT try this at home!)
Originally posted February 2014. Updated February 2016.