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Don’t fall into a rut this winter. Gear up and get your bestie to burn some calories! Over the last few weeks Christina and I partnered with Adidas for a fun fitness campaign sharing some of our favorites ways to stay persistent with our workouts, no matter what the season. So, here’s another partner post from our project to keep you all motivated and moving in 2016!

Being New Yorkers, we have so many options when it comes to finding new and energizing locations to work up a sweat. We love the beach, but the energy of NYC keeps us going. So we hit up Central Park to have the best of both worlds; calming nature mixed with the electric energy of the city. Finding a workout that you can take anywhere is key. So we tend to switch up our routines from stop, drop, and yoga moves, to core and cardio strengthening series. Partner workouts will also help to stay on track and stick to a fitness regimen, especially as temps dip and daylight disappears at 4pm these days—YIKES!
So, off to the park we go to get outside to stay fit and strong. Plus, what’s more incentive than getting in tip-top condition for the summer surf season, right?

Below are a few of our fave partner moves that crunch calories, strengthen the core, get the heart rate up, and most importantly … to have fun!

You can do these moves anywhere, all you need is a stable ground and a friend you can trust.

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Fancy Feet (above)

This is a fun squat move that also works on building trust.

  1. Face your partner. Begin in a narrow squat a few feet from your partner; your feet should be aligned with your knees and hips in a 90 degree angle. Reach our for your partner’s hands. Keep your back upright and make sure your butt is not sticking out.
  2. Once you have your balance and are stable, tap your opposite feet.
  3. Repeat 20-30xs.

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Surfer Jumps (above)

We love anything to do with surfing, but you don’t need water for this move!

  1. Begin in a squat position facing the opposite side of your partner. Your legs should be in a right angle (ankle under knee). Back upright and make sure your butt is not sticking out.
  2. Squat jump in a 180-degree turn. Each partner now faces the opposite direction.
  3. Repeat 20-30 xs 

 

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Plank Taps (above)

  1. Both you and your partner start in a plank position (top of a push up) facing each other. Keep your hands directly under your shoulders, shoulder width apart. Activate your core and make sure your legs are straight and strong.
  2. Keep your hips square to the ground and shake your partner’s hand. Switch hands. Repeat 30xs.

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Elevated Plank (above)

This is a great challenge for building strength, not to mention… it’s tons of fun too!

  1. One Partner begins in a plank position with their feet on the ground. See “Plank Taps” for plank position and correct alignment. The other partner takes a squat position and picks up the ankles of the planked partner.
  2. The partner in the plank takes a push-up keeping their arms at a 90-degree angle. The top of your arm (bicep) should be parallel with the floor.
  3. Repeat 20xs
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Roundhouse Kick Your Butt Workout (above)

  1. Face your partner 2-3 inches apart
  2. As one partner squats down the other performs a roundhouse kick. Make sure to kick your leg over your partner’s hands.
  3. Alternate with your partner and switch legs each time you kick to make sure you are even.
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Don’t forget to stretch and cool down after every sweat -sesh to help prevent injuries and to keep your muscles long and lean.

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Remember to have fun with fitness and support each each other to keep moving. Sharing the challenge is always less painful with a buddy by your side.

Here’s to sticking with #FIT in 2016!

XOXO,
NYC

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  1. Ariel at 1:33 pm Reply

    Haha there couldn’t be more truth to this post! Having a partner whether it is helping you at the gym, or providing you the extra push knowing you’re accountable to someone else to be there is everything to me! Love the leggings, where are they from? I’ve been on a rampage of finding new fitness clothing lately. I’ve gotten a ton from Airabella Active and love them, but I think I need to try other stuff too haha! Love your blog btw!

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