Valentine’s Day Trust Workout

Here is a great trust workout for all you couples out there staying fit together!

Any workout that requires a spotter involves a certain degree of trust, especially when you risk injury if the other person isn’t paying attention.  If you know the other person is there for you and trust that he or she is in tune with what you’re doing, it can be a huge connector.

Do two sets of 12 to 15 reps of each exercise, with partners alternating spotting and lifting between each set.

Bench press: Lift the maximum weight you’re comfortable with, but make sure your partner is ready to grab the bar in case you max out. If you know the other person is paying close attention and helping you figure out your max, it can bring you closer together.

Chest flies: Move to a bench and choose a medium-heavy dumbbell. Begin with arms straight up over your chest, palms facing each other but not touching. Slowly lower arms to the sides, no lower than shoulder level, keeping elbows slightly bent. Contract the chest to pull arms back to the start position, and repeat for 15 reps, 2 counts down, 2 counts up. When someone is spotting you, you’ll push yourself harder because you trust that they’re paying attention and can help lighten your load when necessary.

Squat rack squats: As you do your squats, the other person is pressed up against you and doing them with you. You are actually spooning without the full body contact, so it’s back to front.  If you go down and the other person isn’t paying attention, you could get pinned on the bottom and get hurt.

Skull crushers: Place the appropriate weight on the bar and lie on a flat bench. Begin with your arms straight overhead, hands in an overhead grip about shoulder-width apart and palms facing forward. Bend your elbows and lower your forearms toward the top of your head. One workout tip is to keep elbows and upper arms locked in position, and straighten arms to return to the start position. Keeping your hands on the bar without helping at the end of the set will give your partner confidence they can do the last few reps without the exercise becoming a literal translation of what could happen.

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