Hey Y’all! I am getting lots of fitness-related questions, so I want to share with you a fun simple couples workout routine you can do anywhere. Both Johnny and I are former athletes, so staying strong is important to us. Johnny wrestled and I was a competitive figure skater. I remember when we first started dating, a lot of our dates would be at the gym, ha!
STEP 1: STRETCH
You may remember me talking about how important stretching is in this post. Always stretch for about five to 10 minutes before really starting your workout so you don’t get any injuries.
STEP 2: LOWER BODY
Fun fact: women have a fair amount of lower body strength relative to our size. To kick off the lower body, both Johnny and I like to do a few different squats. We couldn’t not include squats in our simple couples workout routine! It’s very important to check your form when squatting, we don’t want any injuries here. Keep your knees over your toes. Something very important is when you are squatting to go backward as you go down. You want your butt to stick out and your legs to form a 90-degree angle or more. This will help you get that lifted booty! Try to go as deep as possible, but maintain good form. Notice how Johnny’s knees are going a dash forward, which isn’t perfect. Being diligent, consistent and improving your flexibility will help you with form. Not all squats are equal.
When doing squats, I prefer to count to three on the way down to get the most out of the movement. Hold the bottom position for half a second before starting to rise back up. To make things a little harder, you can also put your hands behind the nape of your neck and keep those elbows wide. This will also make you aware of weak spots in your core. You can also do tandem squats and reach your arm back behind you with a buddy! This definitely puts you in the perfect squat position and works the butt.
Lunges are so soo good for the butt. Honestly, I cannot stress this enough. Not to mention, they are great for core muscles and increasing stability. I like to do three sets of 15 lunges on each leg. Also, I alternate legs to help pass the time.
Now, if you really want to get that booty sculpted and lifted this is your exercise. Side lunges really build your glutes and give them a nice workout. This is why I’m including them in our simple couples workout. However, the biggest mistake a lot of people make when doing side lunges is collapsing at the knee. Notice how close my stomach is to my thighs. You want to bend at the waist, which takes pressure off your knees and quads. When side lunges are done properly, your glutes are incredibly engaged. You will use them extensively as you push up through your heel and foot to get back to the standing position. I highly recommend starting with a low rep count on these. Three sets of 10 will already make stairs a challenge the next few days!
STEP 3: UPPER BODY
I really dislike upper body workouts. I just plain suck at them, but of course, these are some of Johnny’s favorites. Men are known to have a lot of upper body stretch. Can you think of some guys you know who only workout their arms? I don’t care what anyone says, good ol’ basic push-ups are so effective. I can still only do 15, but I’m working on it! There are a variety of ways to do them. Here, Johnny and I are lowering directly down and keeping our arms close to the sides of our bodies. This really works out the back of your arms. You can also do wide-stance push-ups too!
To make things fun with a buddy, you can do a push-up, then once you are in the full upright position, try and clap or touch your buddy’s hand. You’ll want to reach for their opposite arm. It may look effortless in this photo, but on the beach with unstable sand, Johnny and I were definitely slipping! If you ever want to make any basic body-weight exercises more difficult, add an element of un-stability to challenge your muscles.
STEP 4: ABS
Abdominal workouts are some of my favorites! Y’all may know I am a huge fan of Blogilates’ Abs on Fire video, which is free on YouTube. I do this routine at least twice a week and it’s less than 15 minutes long. In addition to that, some other exercises I love are criss cross crutches to help build those oblique muscles.
Situps are an oldie, but a goodie. These are a must in our simple couples workout. With a buddy holding down your feet, you can really focus on good form, including keeping your back perfectly straight. You can also hold a heavy object over your head with your arms extended to increase difficulty. Plus, I love finishing a good set of situps with Johnny because I get kisses at the end! 😉
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed our simple couples workout! You really do not need a gym and a lot of equipment to get a good sweat going. If Johnny and I can take our workout outdoors, we absolutely do! The beach in the mornings is a great place to get a sweat session. Plus, as mentioned earlier, sand is unstable, which really challenges your muscles. Even running on the beach is more difficult! Also, please do not forget to stretch at the end of your simple couples workout.