A week ago, celebrity blogger, restaurateur and health buff Erwan Heussaff posted a video on Instagram of himself carrying his celebrity girlfriend Anne Curtis on his shoulders while doing squats. The video was captioned “Squat until your shorts crack.”
For Curtis and Heussaff, workout is twice as fun when they exercise together. Despite their hectic schedules, they always make time for physical conditioning.
This is not the first time that the Curtis and Heussaff engaged in couple exercise. Around two months ago, Curtis posted a video on Instagram of herself doing pushups with a twist. Instead of doing it on the floor, Curtis was seen doing pushups on top of her boyfriend Heussaff, who was performing the same routine.
Model and actress Solenn Heussaff also posted a partner exercise on her Instagram account. She posted a video of herself and fellow actress Carla Humphries doing a round of complicated push-ups.
Heussaff is seen on push-up position with a basketball under each hand and one basketball under her feet. While holding Heussaff’s ankles, Humphries slowly places each foot on her partner’s shoulders. They went through a series of trial and error before they were able to achieve the correct position. Once they were on track, Humphries let go of Heussaff’s ankles and transferred her weight to two basketballs. It was clearly a tough routine involving tremendous strength and balance.
According to Daily Burn, working out with a partner or a friend is a good way to release “feel-good endorphins” that can create healthier and stronger relationships. Here are some benefits of exercising with your partner:
- Boosts physical health – Strengthening exercises like jogging, hiking, stair climbing, dancing, step aerobics can improve bone health and lower risk of osteoporosis. Regular exercise help prevent muscle loss, reduce risk of cancer, lower stroke severity, improve blood flow, clears the skin, and improve digestion.
- Promotes mental health – Couple exercises increase serotonin in the brain. is a chemical that helps maintain mood balance. Lack of serotonin has been linked to depression.
- Improves sex life – Woman’s Day shares that “20 minutes of regular exercise a day can improve sexual response in women.” Staying fit enhances physical appearance and uplifts self-esteem. This surge of positive emotions can help a person feel more desirable and increase interest, as well as capacity for sexual activity according to David Katz, MD, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
- Builds trust – Trust is vital in doing couple exercises. You need to watch over each other’s form and coordinate your movements to ensure the safety of one another. When there is trust, it means that you have confidence and faith in your partner. You feel assured that your partner will perform his/her best in order to have a successful and safe workout.
- Deepens bond – In today’s career-oriented world, many couples spend most of their time away from each other due to work and other responsibilities. Working out together can promote quality time. Sharing common fitness goals and achieving them as a team can strengthen bond.
Double Tree Pose – Stand side by side with your partner with your hips touching. Put your arm (the one that is not obstructed by your partner’s arm) at your back. Hold each other’s hand from the back. Go into a tree pose by lifting your leg (the one that is not obstructed by your partner’s leg) and letting your foot rest on the upper thigh of your other leg. Stay this way for a few breaths then switch sides. This exercise can help improve posture.
Squats in Sync – Stand facing one another at approximately an arm’s length distance. Reach out and grasp each other’s forearms. Put yourself in proper squat position and perform downward and upward squat phases together. The important thing is doing it at the same time. Maintain a straight body with a head-up position. Repeat several times. Try gazing into each other’s eyes for more personal touch. This simple exercise is easy to do and ideal for different ages.
Hook Squats – Begin by standing back to back with your partner. Put yourselves into proper squat positions with knees over ankles. Next, both of you squat down and slowly walk clockwise in a circle while you are both in squatting position. After completing the circle, count 1 to 20 then walk counterclockwise. Perform threee sets.
Double Boat – Sit down facing each other with about 3 feet between you to give space for your legs. Extend your arms and hold your partner’s hands on the outside of your legs. Slowly raise and straighten both legs allowing the soles of your feet to connect. This is a good way to stretch your hamstring.
Double Wide Boat – Sit down facing each other with about 3 feet between you to give space for your legs. Extend your arms and hold your partner’s hands on the inside of your legs. Slowly raise and strengthen both legs in a V-like shape allowing the soles of your feet to connect.
Body Weight Partner – If you think you’re fit enough to try something more challenging, you can try what Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff did. It requires carrying your partner on your shoulders while you squat. Daily Burn only advises this workout if you and your partner can comfortably press the other’s bodyweight.
Wheel with Partner – This advance couple exercise requires one partner to lie down face up with feet apart. The partner assumes pushup position with hands positioned between the legs of the other. The one on lying position lifts the legs of the partner while doing push-ups.
Keep in mind that safety is very important. Perform only exercises or skills that you feel comfortable doing. Begin with easy and simple poses before attempting the challenging and complicated.
Photo screencaps from Erwan Heussaff’s Instagram and Solenn Heussaff‘s Instagram.
Rachel Yapchiongco, also known as Rach to her friends, is a Psychology and Marketing Management graduate of De La Salle University. Rachel is a chocolate lover, full-time mom to a charming young boy and married to an entrepreneur who has a passion for cooking. She shares parenting experiences and slices of everyday life on her personal blog called Heart of Rachel.