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9 Partner Exercises For A Full Body Workout With Your Fiancé

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Engage in a fun and effective full-body workout routine with your fiancé using these nine unique partner exercises, as shared by an experienced personal trainer and gym owner, Steve Hoyles.

Steve Hoyles

One of the ways to make exercise fun is to get your partner involved. Whilst some people see exercise as a chore, you can make it a fun couple activity if you get your significant other involved, too!

In this list of exercises, there are plenty of exercises you probably haven’t done before. They’re designed to be challenging, but effective – you still want results from your exercise!

Here are 9 partner exercises for a full body workout with your fiancé!

1. Prowler Relays

These are very challenging, but they’re super effective. You don’t have to learn any special technique and you don’t need much in the way of fancy equipment. All you need is a prowler, some space, a willing partner and plenty of effort!

Prowler relays are fantastic for training your legs and butt. They also improve your cardio fitness and burn a lot of calories! Be prepared to work hard here!

Body parts trained:

  • Legs
  • Butt
  • Cardiovascular system

2. Partner Med Ball Sit Up

When you think of partner exercises, this might be the kind of thing that springs to mind. It’s a great ab exercise, and one that can be a lot of fun. You just have to make sure you get your timing in sync – if you don’t, this can be a disaster!

There’s a ‘Goldilocks effect’ with these – you need to use a ball that’s suitable for both of you. Not too light for the stronger partner, not too heavy for the weaker partner. Experiment to find which one works. 

Body parts trained:

  • Abs

3. Partner Push Ups With Low 5

This is where things get a little more challenging. It’s an exercise that takes the standard push up and makes it significantly tougher. We introduce a shoulder stability element to it, a balance element and a core strength element. 

To get this right you’ll need to be capable of good push ups, so work on these first if you need to. Once you’re capable of 10 good push ups, you’re on your way. Communicate throughout the movement to get your timing right.

Body parts trained:

  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Abs
  • Triceps

4. Piggy Back Squat

Want to have fun AND build leg strength at the same time?! I’ve got you covered! A piggy back squat is a really simple and fun way to build leg strength. There’s not much you need to worry about in terms of technique – you just have to make sure you’re safely jumping on and off your partner.

Of course if your partner is far too heavy for you, you can go with bodyweight squats. If you’re after a mid-way point (heavier than bodyweight squats, but not carrying their whole weight), then keep reading. I’ve got a perfect exercise for you later on!

Body parts trained:

  • Legs
  • Core

5. Partner Leg Lifts

This exercise is very challenging, but very effective. It’s a way to train your abs in what we call an ‘eccentric’ fashion. This means they work hard as they lengthen, rather than shorten. Don’t be surprised if after your first try of these, your abs are pretty sore!

It’s a simple exercise. Just make sure that the ‘pushing’ partner doesn’t throw your feet down too hard. The idea is to provide a challenge, but not make you feel like your abs are screaming at you! Push hard enough, and no harder!

Body parts trained:

  • Abs

6. Partner Rows

This is a test of many things – your back strength, your arm strength, your partner’s arm and length strength… And your trust in each other! It’s a fun and interesting way to train a ‘pull’ movement pattern, so it is a very effective upper body exercise.

Make sure you’re both in position and well balanced before trying this. If the person standing up is bent too far forward, they’re going to be pulled over. Be careful, engage your core and work smoothly and keep good control of the movement. 

Body parts trained:

  • Abs
  • Back
  • Biceps
  • Legs

7. Partner Assisted Pull Ups

Many people write off pull ups as an exercise, because they are hard to do – especially if you’re a fitness beginner. One of the benefits of training with your fiance though is that extra helping hand! They can literally help you up…

This makes a tough exercise much easier. It’s also a way to introduce you to pull ups, in a way you can manage. Over time you’ll get stronger and stronger at them, and eventually you’ll be able to do them unassisted. 

Body parts trained:

  • Back
  • Biceps

8. Wheelbarrow push-up with squat

Earlier in the article I mentioned a half-way house between bodyweight squats and piggy back squats… this is it! With this exercise you both train at the same time. One trains push ups, whilst the other trains their back and legs. 

You need to get yourselves in sync with this one, but when you do it’s a great exercise. It’s challenging for the person doing the push ups, and the person standing gets a leg and back workout in too. It’s win-win!

Body parts trained:

  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Abs
  • Triceps
  • Legs (standing person)
  • Lower back (standing person)

9. Partner Band Assisted Nordic Curls

For this exercise, you’ll need resistance bands. They allow you to add resistance to the exercise, without any large or heavy gym equipment. It’s not an easy exercise, but it’s a super effective one.

Work together on this one and you’ll build a lot of hamstring strength. This will translate into better leg and back health, injury resistance and improved athleticism. It’s a great exercise to do as a pair. 

Body parts trained:

  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes

Don’t Forget The Cardio…

Whilst these are excellent partner exercises for a full body workout with your fiance, they’re all strength based movements. What about cardio?

You can combine this partner workout routine with the occasional recreational jogging session. Just keep in mind that while running is a great cardio exercise, you need to consider its full pros-and-cons spectrum before deciding on whether to include it in your fitness routine.

Partner Exercises For A Full Body Workout With Your Fiancé: Final Thoughts

The period between saying “yes” and your wedding day is one of the most enjoyable, intense periods of your life. From getting in shape, to selecting the friends and family you want to invite, and getting the right help planning your wedding perfectly – the challenges are there, and you need to be in top shape to deal with them.

Exercise is a great thing to do with your fiance. It’s a time when you can be together, getting healthier without the distraction of your phones, the TV, or any outside influence. 

Whether it’s hitting the gym, a class, or heading outside to run or cycle, training together is a great bonding experience for any couple. It’s the most positive habit to get into. If you want plenty more exercise ideas, check out these workouts.

Good luck!

Steve Hoyles

Steve Hoyles is a personal trainer, qualified weightlifting coach, gym owner, and writer. With a career spanning since 2004, he has been an influential figure in the fitness industry, guiding thousands of individuals towards achieving their fitness goals. Steve actively contributes to the dissemination of the most up-to-date and accurate strength training advice. As the owner of My Gym (Hazel Grove - UK), his expertise has been recognized in notable publications such as Men’s Health, Kymira Sport, and various other media outlets.