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For some extra motivation get your partner involved in your new fitness regime with these man-friendly exercises.

The great point to couple training is that you tend to pay greater attention to each other’s form, you stick to a training regime more adherently when there is two and more importantly you will have more fun. The exercises we list below can be performed at home, the gym or the beach.

Couple Knee Bends

Stand facing each other; take each other’s hands and have your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Look into each other’s eyes (adoringly!) and squat down pulling away from each other. Keeping the weight in your heels and butt, focus on lifting through your legs and not pulling through your partner’s arms.

Twosome Walking Lunges

This exercise can be performed anywhere. It is performed and functions the same way as walking lunges do except you have the added benefit of holding somebody’s hand for better balance.

Crunching Couples

Lie on a mat or on the floor facing each other. Place your legs up and bent at a 90 degree angle pressing the soles of your feet against your partner’s feet. As you crunch, looking into each other’s eyes for focus. As you lift from your shoulders and look up and out you are forcing an isometric contraction in your abdominal region.

Shadow Boxing

Stand far enough away from your partner. Grasp a pair of dumbbells in each hand and stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Alternating left and right arms, extend your arms punching to the side and in an upward motion. Do about 25-30 each side, then switch. For a real cardio vascular kicker, alternate with jumping jacks, with the dumbbells in your hands.

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