It’s true what they say: The couple that sweats together stays together. Case in point, the numerous athlete couples competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
That’s right — there are at least five confirmed couples competing at the Olympics together, according to the Daily Mail. (Considering the record-setting number of condoms distributed in Olympic village, odds are that one or two more may emerge before the Games are done.)
U.S. ice dancers Evan Bates and Madison Chock are together, as are Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland of Great Britain. Married couple Chris and Alexa Knierim are another ice rink couple, competing for the U.S. in pairs figure skating.
Italians Ondrej Hotarek and Anna Cappellini are both figure skaters competing for Italy, but they’re competing with separate partners. Nothing wrong with that — while couple workouts can help you stick to your fitness goals, research shows that partners put more effort into their workouts when they have their own fitness goals.
Finally, Tyler Nicholson and Jamie Anderson are snowboarders competing for Canada and the U.S., respectively. The whole rivalry doesn’t seem to have much impact on their performance — Anderson has already raked in a gold medal at this year’s Games.
Luckily, you don’t have to both be Olympians to reap the benefits of getting fit with your partner — just use their stories as inspiration to get active.
Partner Workout Ideas
Not only do couple workouts add a refreshing twist to your gym routine, but let’s face it: We all work harder when someone else is watching. Plus, getting fit together is more than just about fitness — it also helps keep relationships happy and healthy.
There are couple workouts for everything — whether you want to do some sweaty cardio, a killer strength session, a core burner or even just add a finisher to your workout, we’ve got you covered.
For a cardio scorcher, try out this partner row workout. The goal is to get through the descending rowing ladder as quickly as possible, which makes it easy to track your progress as a team. Try it next time you’re in the gym, then try it again in one or two weeks and see if you two can beat your time.
This strength-building partner workout is minimal on the equipment. All each of you needs is a weight plate, which makes it great for couples at different levels of fitness. While one person is doing 10 plate ground-to-overheads, the other person is holding their plate overhead while in a static lunge. Try going for eight rounds.
While you still have your weight plates, give this core burner a try. It’s the same idea as the above workout, except the alternating exercises, are v-ups and weighted planks. While one person completes 10 v-ups, the other person holds a plank with their weight on their back. If the weight is too much, grab a smaller plate or take out the weight — holding a plank is still a great way to work your core.
There’s also nothing wrong with just going to the gym together and doing your own thing. You can still wrap up your sweat session together with this quick workout.
By Reegan Von Wildenradt