Master This Couples Weight Training Workout to Crush Valentine's Day

Master This Couples Weight Training Workout to Crush Valentine's Day
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It’s no secret that strong is sexy. For this first Valentine's Day, we're all about co-workouts with our partners. Not only can working out with your significant other bolster your health, but also it creates more intimacy across the board. (Think: when you spot each other at the gym, there's a huge trust factor involved that can translate to other areas of your life.)

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We asked Jordan Syatt, CEO of Syatt Fitness and a former world champion powerlifter, for his favorite workout for couples weight training, because couples who sweat together, stay together.

Powerlift Your Way Through Valentine's Day With Couples Weight Training

The following couples weight training workout taps the iron-clad wisdom of how Syatt trained during his days as a competitor. That means that it focuses on a very small number of heavy barbell movements. Syatt added two non-powerlifting moves to round it out so that it should be enjoyable — and challenging — for both partners.    

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Some exercises in this couples weight training workout will require you to spot for your partner. Note that when spotting, you’re not lifting the weight yourself. (The lifter is still providing 90% of the force, with only 10% coming from the spotter.) Therefore, there’s no need to be concerned if one partner is way stronger than the other.

The Couples Weight Training Workout

Alternate sets between partners: Have one person do a set, then have the second person do a set, then loop back to the first person. Rest for 1 minute between sets.

A1) Squat

Perform 4 sets of 5 reps.

B1) Bench Press

Perform 3 sets of 5 reps.

B2) One-Armed Dumbbell Row

Perform 3 sets of 5 reps per arm.

For B1 and B2, Person A benches and rows, and then person B benches and rows.  

C1) Deadlift

Perform 3 sets of 6 reps. 

C2) Standing Dumbbell Overhead Press

Perform 3 sets of 6 reps.

For C1 & C2, Person A does both exercises, and then Person B does both exercises. With the deadlift, watch the video carefully to make sure that your technique is on point. When in doubt, err on the side of using a lower weight.

MORE: 5 Unforgettable (and Unforgiving) Couples Workouts for Valentine’s Day

The Bottom Line: Why You Should Do a Couples Weight Training Workout This Valentine's Day

Working out with your partner is a great way to strengthen your relationship and help each other stay committed to taking care of your health. So hit the gym together and then go out and celebrate Valentine's Day — you've earned it.

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