The question has been popped, the “yes!” has been said, the ring is on your finger… congratulations, you are getting married! And as if planning the actual wedding itself isn’t enough to do, you’re looking at your fiance wondering just how you two are going to slim down for those wedding photos, right? Well, you are in luck! There are many gym-free ways to get in a good workouts each day before your wedding – even ways that involve teamwork and partner strengthening exercises. Here are a few of those exercises to get you and your fiance well on your way to trim and healthy before your big day arrives.
Bodyweight Partner Press
There are actually two versions of this exercise; one is to work the arm muscles and the other is to work the legs. Both are exercises that require trust as much as they do enthusiasm.
For the arm workout, you (Partner A) lie on your back on the floor with your legs outstretched. Keep your stomach muscles tight and extend your arms in front of you. Your fiance (Partner B), will lean over you until they are resting on your outstretched hands. Use their body as a resistance weight as you bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle and then return them to fully extended. Repeat as many times as you feel comfortable with, and then switch places! This exercise is great for working biceps, triceps, and chest muscles.
For the leg workout, you (Partner A), lie on your back on the floor with your feet at a 90 degree angle while your fiance (Partner B) uses their body weight to lean against your feet. Partner B can either lean using their back or their stomach, it is entirely dependent upon comfort in this exercise. Partner A then uses Partner B as the resistance weight for leg presses by fully extending their legs and slowly returning to a 90 degree angle. Repeat as many times as you feel comfortable with, and then switch places! Each person will receive a generous full leg workout while getting to spend time with the love of their lives
Elevated Partner Push Ups
There are a couple different types of push ups you can do with a partner, all of which work more muscles than doing push ups solo. The first of these challenging push ups are reminiscent of the old “wheelbarrow game” children play by holding up a partner’s feet while they walk on their hands. In fact, these are also sometimes referred to as “wheelbarrow pushups!” Instead of walking on your hands though, Partner A holds their hands in place as Partner B lifts up their legs to waist height. Then Partner A bends at the elbows (like regular push ups) and straightens their arms again to finish the push up.
A second type of elevated partner push up can be done by having Partner A lie on their back on the floor with their arms at a 90 degree angle from their body. Partner B stands by Partner A’s head, locking wrists with Partner A. Partner A then lowers Partner B by bending at the elbows and Partner B must complete the push up by extending their arms fully.
A third type of elevated partner push up can be done very similarly to the previous variation. You (Partner A) lie on your back on the floor, but this time only extend one arm at a 90 degree angle. The other arm will remain on the floor at your side. Partner B will use your singular arm to complete a push up, creating a different angle from which they must push themselves up from. This further works one side of the body over the other, allowing you to focus on the left or the right instead of both at once.
Double Dare Crunches
Partner resistance crunches, or double dare crunches, are another great way to get your sweat on and spend time with your sweetie. You (Partner A) lie on your back in the crunch position while your fiance (Partner B) straddles your head. When Partner A hits the top position of the crunch, Partner B pulls backward on Partner A’s elbows. Partner A is then supposed to stay in the top of the crunch position, working the ab muscles twice as hard as regular crunches would!
This second type of double dare crunch is tricky. You (Partner A) wrap your legs around your fiance’s waist and lean yourself back and do crunches off of his body. This one is hard so take your time with it!!
These are just a few examples of many different partner workouts you can do with your fiance while preparing for your wedding. Experiment and see what works best for you and your relationship. Add in your own variations or think up entirely new exercises based on the ones listed above! With a little work and a whole lot of love, you’ll be your fittest self just in time to say “I do!”