|We’re always talking about the benefits of using the buddy system, especially when it comes to embarking on new healthy habits like exercise. Studies show that you’re more likely to stick with a fitness routine when a partner is involved. Bonding over laughter and lunges? Sign us up!
It’s in that ‘buddy system’ spirit that we’ve planned out this pilates sequence for two to get you sweating without sacrificing your social hour. This workout, takes the term power couple to a whole new level. Use the power of two to keep each other accountable and provide the actual resistance that makes this routine worth breaking a sweat over!
4 POWER PILATES MOVES FOR TWO
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Two yoga mats
• One yoga block or 2-3 pound weight
• A good friend!
Lay flat with your back on the mat. Lengthen your legs out to a 45 degree angle (if you feel your back starting to arch or pull, lengthen to an angle in which your back stays neutral and flat). Lift your head and chest off of the mat without hunching the shoulders. Keep your arms by your sides, lengthened out straight and parallel to your torso. Start to pump the arms vigorously (yet controlled!) up and down. Inhale for five counts, exhale for five counts. Repeat 10 times. Count it out together to keep yourselves accountable.
Pro tip: Legs can be modified to table top position if needed.
Start by sitting upright on your mat, with straight legs and the soles of your feet touching your partner’s feet. Have your partner hold onto your ankles to help support you as you start to slowly roll down onto the mat, vertebrae by vertebrae. Once you are laying on the mat, reach you hands up towards the sky. Slowly round the head and shoulders off of the mat, peel the spine up and round all the way back to a seated position, grabbing onto your partner’s ankles so they can start the exercise. Keep your feet pressing together throughout the exercise to feel a deep inner thigh/low ab connection. Repeat 5-10 times each.
Bonus: the person holding onto the ankles gets a nice stretch while they rest!
DOUBLE LEG STRETCH:
While laying down on the ground, pull your knees into your chest while lift your head and chest up. Have your partner stand in front of you, holding onto your ankles. Keep your shoulder blades off of the mat as you lengthen your legs straight out to a challenging angle and reach your arms back toward your ears. Circle your arms around as you pull your legs back into your chest while your partner provides resistance by pulling your legs towards them. Repeat 5-10 times, then switch positions.
Pro tip: Keep your head and shoulders off of the mat during the entire exercise. The resistance from your partner will fire up your low abs even more.
Lay down on your mat while your partner stands behind you with their arms straight out overhead. Lift your head and chest and lengthen your legs up towards the sky at a 90-degree angle. Place your hands palm-over-palm at the nape of your neck for support. Lower one leg down to hover off of the mat as your other leg kicks towards the chest in a “scissor” motion. Then switch the legs. Try to kick the hand of your partner. If it’s too easy to kick their hands (be honest!), have your partner pull their hands further back. Repeat 10 times with each leg, then switch positions.
Pro tip: Keep the hips still throughout the work and make sure your legs remain straight. Having to kick your partner’s hand will trigger your low abs even more.