By Aly Teich
The two things I love most about group fitness classes or working out with my trainer, Kira Stokes, is that it’s an appointment I have made and am held accountable to — and working out with someone else is not only completely motivational, but so much fun!
Even I have days when I really don’t feel motivated to work out, and my couch seems far more appealing than cardio. However, when I’m signed up for a class or have an appointment with my trainer, there is a sense of accountability that keeps me from skipping my workouts. Not only do I not want to waste the money, but it’s a set appointment where I am showing up both for myself and for others, and it’s just harder to snooze on that.
Additionally, when I am working out with Kira or with an instructor leading a group of us, I almost always feel more motivated to push myself that one extra rep or step — not in a competitive way, but out of just feeling inspired by those around me (or Kira always championing me to go that one level higher than I thought I could!).
However, I do understand that group fitness or personal trainers may not be for everyone, or are often not available to everyone. So then what?! Find a partner in crime!
Even though I am someone who is lucky enough to have a job which allows me to attend a plethora of fitness classes and work out with world-class trainers, I equally enjoy booking a workout with a good friend — which not only combines the accountability and motivational factors, but also allows you to have a date while you are strengthening those muscles or getting your heart pumping. Moreover, it’s a great way for you and your friends to share moves with each other and learn new ways to workout together. And as the winter months are just around the corner, it will be even more necessary to find those motivators that will get you out of the house and get you moving: a Fitness Partner in Crime is the perfect inspiration.
I had so much fun teaming up with Adidas and one of my fitness (and life) partners in crime, Jasmine Solano - international DJ and MTV personality - to show each other some of our favorite partner moves from our trainers. Not only did these moves work me to my core, but I had so much fun doing them bundled in my favorite new Adidas #ClimaHeat hoodie, it was easy to #ForgettheCold and the fact that winter is just around the corner!
So if you need some inspiration to find your partner in crime and want to learn some great new moves to #ForgettheCold, check out this Step-by-Step guide to my and Jasmine’s three favorite partner workouts.
1. Jump the Plank
- Hold a forearm plank
- Jump from side to side up and over your partner’s legs
- Do 5 reps on either side
2. Supported Squat Jumps
- Stand with your feet a little wider than hip distance apart facing your partner
- Cross your wrists and grab your partner’s hands
- Partner 1 drops back and down into a squat (using your standing partner for support)
- Do a squat jump using your partner for leverage
- As one person lands, the other goes into their squat and then jumps
- Alternate 10 times
3. Partner “Wall” Sits and Pass the Water Bottle
- Stand back to back
- Slowly lower into a supported squat using your partner’s weight as support (make sure to push back equally on each other)
- Make sure you are stable and have good balance
- One person should be holding a water bottle as you are prepping in your squats
- The person with the water bottle reaches around and back to your left side to pass the water bottle to your partner
- The other person reaches back and around to their right side to grab the water bottle
- Both people turn to the other side and pass the bottle back
- Try to pass the bottle on each side 5 times! Good luck… this one is tough!
Jasmine Solano is an artist, DJ, and TV host. From creating and touring worldwide as half of the DJ Party Duo, Electric Punanny, to hosting her own MTV series “Scratch the Surface,” Jasmine has solidified her career as a premiere music influencer across multiple media platforms.
Her international resume as both VJ and DJ, hosting to a range of clients, includes MTV, Apple, SONY, NYLON Magazine, DKNY, Topshop, Scope, Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, Nike, Myspace, Adidas, W Hotels, and many more. Top talents in the industry such as Beyoncé and Wiz Khalifa have also called on Jasmine to curate music for their special events.
Over the last couple years, Jasmine has expanded her focus to outside of the states. By using Electric Punanny, which has had two successful international world tours through 12+ countries, and MTV’s “Scratch the Surface” series, which explores the global hidden hot-spots for music lovers, she has created a platform that provides a unique and well-rounded perspective on the arts. She has been featured in the likes of The New York Times, NYLON Magazine, and New York Magazine, to name a few.
Known not only for her diverse musical palette and professionalism, her authenticity shines through her talents. You can catch up with Jasmine via her residency with the W Hotels in NYC, multiple global stops with Electric Punanny, and upcoming original music to be released later in 2015.
Aly Teich is Founder and Host of The Sweat Life.
Aly is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She left Manhattan for Madison, Wisconsin to become a proud Badger for four years, and since then has lived on both coasts, traveled around the world…twice, and found herself right back here in The Big Apple.
Aly has always been an active kid, and now grownup (although she still acts like a kid.) She danced her way through the School of American Ballet until her teens, competed on horseback at a pre-Olympic level, lettered in three varsity high school sports, and completed three marathons and numerous triathlons. She’s also an avid skier, golfer, aspiring surfer, and can do a mean belly flop.
Following a ten-year career in television and media — including the Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Television, Tribeca Film, and Conde Nast — Aly switched her focus to health and wellness five years ago when her mother was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Trading in her Late Show with Letterman badge for Nikes, Aly made it her goal to help people live healthier lives. In the fall of 2013, she decided to bring all of her experience and passion to one place, The Sweat Life.