As we head into the month of love, we are teaming up with Meg Miles of @momstrongutah to bring you a couple’s workout you and your sweetheart can do together. Meg is a busy mom who inspires healthy living every day on her website and Instagram account. We know it can be difficult to fit exercise into a busy schedule, which is why we called on Meg to put together a creative workout this month. The best part about this couple’s workout is you get to spend some quality time getting a sweat on with your favorite someone—even if that someone is your yoga mat!
Total Body Workout With Momstrong
Things you’ll need:
Set of Dumbbells
Yoga mat (optional)
1. Jumping jack burpees: 45 sec – 1 min
Alternate between one jumping jack and one burpee for one minute. For extra motivation, race your partner to see who can get the most reps!
2. Full sit-ups: 8-10 reps
For a fun way to mix up your traditional sit-up routine, complete 8-10 full sit-ups while hanging from your partners shoulders. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to hang from your partners shoulders, you can just do your sit-ups on the ground like normal for 12-15 reps.
3. Partner leg push-downs: 10-12 reps
Lay on your back between your partners legs and lift your legs straight to a 90-degree angle. As your partner pushes your legs toward the ground, use your abs to catch them and lift them back up to the starting position. If you want to do this exercise by yourself, just hang onto a heavy kettle bell or the legs of your couch as you lift your legs up and down.
4. Alternating dumbbell thrusters and push-ups: 10-12 reps each
While your partner cranks out 10-12 push-ups, use a pair of dumbbells to match their effort with 10-12 dumbbell thrusters. What is a dumbbell thruster? Stand with your legs hip-width apart while holding a set of dumbbells at your shoulders and sit back into a squat. As you stand up, push your arms straight towards the ceiling and back to your shoulders as you return to a squatting position. When your 10-12 reps are complete, switch with your partner! * If you’re flying solo, do these moves back to back.
5. Football sprint hop-overs & plank: 45 sec – 1 min
Run in place while your partner holds a plank for one minute. Hop over your partner every five steps. When your minute is up, switch!
6. Dumbbell pass sit-ups: 15-20 reps
Lay on your back facing your partner who is also laying on their back. As you sit up, pass a dumbbell between you and your partner with each sit up for 20 reps. You can do this exercise alone by holding the weight at your chest and do sit-ups yourself.
Repeat each exercise 2-3x through for a fast full-body workout you can do right at home!
At the end of your workout, challenge yourself to see how many partner stack push-ups or regular push-ups you can complete before collapsing (see video for details). These can be really tough but are a great finish to your couple’s workout!
Don’t Forget to Refuel
In order to help our bodies repair and grow muscle, and replenish glycogen stores after working out, we need to refuel with the right nutrients—protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Meg uses Kodiak Cakes to refuel after her workouts because they are “quick, easy, healthy, and have an added boost of protein. [Kodiak Cakes] are also something [her] whole family loves and can enjoy together!”
We encourage you to have fun with your pancakes and waffles this month to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Some fun options include adding a few drops of red food coloring to your batter and cooking your pancakes in fun shapes like hearts or X’s and O’s.
“Kodiak Cakes are quick, easy, healthy, and have an added boost of protein. They are also something my whole family loves and can enjoy together!”
– Meg Miles, Momstrong
Disclaimer: Kodiak Cakes strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, and assume all risk of injury to yourself.