Couples Pilates is the Ultimate.
If you're looking for something romantic to do, try working up a different kind of sweat with your sweetie. Sure, you can do it, eat way too much dinner and buy a sexy present (try a sex toy). But you can also work out, using each other bodies.
To come up with 5 Sexy Exercise Positions for Couples, I went to former professional dancers Kimberly and Katherine Corp, owners of the Pilates on Fifth studio in New York City. These identical twin sisters used to be Rockettes. And they currently keep their bodies flexible and in shape with Pilates. You and your sweetie can, too.
Kimberly says that working out with your SO keeps exercise fun, social and inspiring. Her advice is to laugh a lot and try not to compete with each other.
Doing the following 5 moves will teach you both strength and control--and you'll learn a lot more about each other's bodies. You'll need resistance bands for this workout, but luckily they're fairly cheap ($20 and under) and available at stores like Target and KMart.
Here's how to get physical.
Katherine works out with her husband, David.
Start Position: Sit up as tall as possible facing each other with legs together, knees bent and feet braced against each others'. One should hold the middle of the stretch band, shoulder distance apart. The other holds the two edges of the stretch band.
The Exercise: Inhale, prepare & pull in the abs. Exhale, roll back off the sit bones, simultaneously twisting the rib cage to the right and bending the right arm. Inhale, pass through the start position to..... Exhale, roll back off the sit bones, simultaneously twisting the rib cage to the left and bending the left arm. Repeat 8-10 times.
Ahhh, Push Ups
Start Position: Stand back to back, pulling in the abs. Hold the band with bent elbows, one partner holding the middle of the stretch band, the other holding the ends.
The Exercise: Inhale, prepare and pull in the abs. Exhale, extend the elbows to create an "air push up." Inhale, bend the elbows. Exhale, repeat. Adjust tension accordingly and don't rock forward or back! Repeat 8 - 10 times.
Touching Thigh Toner
Start Position: Stand next to each other with the band tied around the outside ankle. Stand far enough away so that the band is not too loose to start. Pull in the abs and lengthen the spine.
The Exercise: Inhale, prepare. Exhale, maintain balance and lift the outside leg to the side. Inhale, lower. Exhale, repeat. Repeat 8-10 times. Then switch sides and repeat other leg.
Teasing Arm Toner
Start Position: Stand facing each other, holding the band in the middle and on the ends, respectively. Adjust the tension accordingly as the exercise progresses!
The Exercise: Inhale, prepare and pull in the abs. Exhale, bend the elbows and pull back without letting the elbows drop. Maintain balance and adjust the standing position if balance can not be maintained. Inhale, return to the start position. Exhale, repeat. Repeat 8-10 times
Bumpin' Booty Blaster
Start Position: Stand facing each other, band tied around the opposite ankle, arms resting on each other's shoulders for balance (don't lean on your partner!!)
The Exercise: Inhale, prepare and pull in the abs. Exhale, lift the legs with the band tied to them to the back without letting the back arch. Inhale, lower to start position. Exhale, repeat. Repeat 8-10 times. Then switch legs and repeat.
For more of the twins' Pilates moves (they have several free workouts), check out their webstie Ultimate Pilates Workout. Do you think you could get your Valentine to try these? Mine would totally do it, especially if goofing around working up a sweat could lead to, well, you know.