Valentine’s Day

Is it any surprise that the month where we focus on heart health would also feature Valentine’s Day? We think not. It’s the day for lovers, for the fulfillment of the heart’s desires, which if you ask us, is a full bag of M&Ms and a Lisa Frank greeting card. But we digress.

At Youfit, Valentine’s Day coincides pretty closely with another big day around here, “Make a Friend Day,” which falls on February 11. And we think both of those days are a great excuse to talk about – and actually do – some buddy workouts. Why? Well, it’s fun, for starters, but beyond that, we think we’re all more likely to hit the gym if we have some accountability, like a friend meeting you at Youfit whether you like it or not —especially if their fitness partner was emotionally supportive. So whether that friend is just a friend, or they’re a friend, the benefits are hard to ignore. Plus, if you choose to work with a YouCoach together, you could even save money by doing so!

Of course, there can be some obstacles. Like, if you’re both new to the fitness ‘thing,’ where do you start? We’re glad you asked. Raphael Konforti, Youfit Health Clubs’ National Head of Fitness Education, has some fun and easy ways two buds can workout together, and remove the guess work in the process.

Ready for your first workout? This one is a circuit training routine, which means you’ll work for 1 minute in each of the 2 exercises below, switching at the 30 second mark. Oh, and grab some resistance bands; you’ll need them. Do 3 rounds total:

1. Resisted Bear Crawl

This exercise hits your core, arms and legs. Yeah, baby! How: Partner one will get in a pushup position with the resistance band around their waist. The other partner will hold the band providing resistance while the first partner crawls. You choose the distance – plus, you can turn it into a mini-contest.

2. Squat and Row

This is the perfect exercise to challenge your partner, or friend, or… One partner will target their legs while the other works on back and biceps. How: Partner one will take an athletic stance (see: a slight squat) facing the other partner and do a row by pulling the band towards their body. The other partner will hold the band to give the first partner resistance while holding a squat. To make the exercise more challenging take a step apart from each other.

3. Flutter Kicks with Plank

This exercise works on increasing core strength and definition while improving endurance. How: Partner one lies on their back with hands at the sides or places them underneath the glutes while alternating flutter kicks. Do twenty while partner two holds the plank position. Partner two gets into plank by starting in a pushup position on the floor, with elbows bent ninety degrees and resting their weight on the forearms. Switch once partner one completes twenty reps.

4. Minute to Win It – Medicine Ball Squat and Pass

Is that heart rate up? It should be. If not, it’s about to be! Partner one stands with their feet hip-width apart, holding a medicine ball at shoulder height close to their body. Squat down, bending at the hips and keeping weight in the heels. As you squat up pass the ball to partner two. Repeat the motion back and forth. To take it up a notch, have both partners squat every time, even if they don’t have the ball.

Repeat that circuit three times, and boom, you’ve done it! Valentine’s Day, Make a Friend Day, or any day. And if your friend has never been to Youfit, get them a FREE day pass. Post-workout smoothies are on them.