I recently read a French workout book called “Se muscler à deux” (means something like “build muscles together”). The book is pretty simple: it just shows about 80 exercises you can do with a partner without any equipment. I thought it might be a good way to ‘switch things up’ and add new moves to the no-equipment workouts I do with my boyfriend when we don’t have access to a gym or when we’re traveling.
When working-out without equipment I always end up doing the same ‘traditional’ moves like push-ups, dips, squats, hip bridges and plyometrics. But there are actually many other exercises you can do when you have a workout partner.
All the exercises of the book don’t always make both partners work equally. For many exercises, the role of the partner is only to apply an opposite force to the move you’re doing. For example, you don’t really need a partner for this:
These exercises below are my favorites exercises from the book because both partners work equally when doing them. They can be done one after another as a small workout routine. I guess they would be more interesting if both partners are about the same sex, size and strength, but they also can be done with a partner of the opposite sex. The difficulty of the exercises depends on the resistance your partner is applying.
You could basically make a workout out of these moves by performing them for 1 min each, repeating the whole circuit 3 times:
Here you have to apply resistance on the opposite side of your partner. This exercise can be part of the warm-up.
Here you have to wrestle on the floor. Works shoulders and back.
Wrestling again this time going up and down
One person is doing a shoulder press, while the other one is pushing down like a kind of chest press.
The person under is pushing the legs of the other person up, while the other is making a push-up.
Challenging move. I could do the push-up part on top but I couldn’t push my boyfriend up.
One-leg squats together
Working inner and outer thighs together
Exercises for fitness pros
Those are exercises my boyfriend and I couldn’t do. Too challenging!
These kind of push-up is difficult; particularly if your partner is heavier than you!
One-leg squats or ‘pistols’ up and down! Good balance required!
My boyfriend can “squat me” for a few reps.