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Partner Training with Medicine Ball

Category : Exercise

Partner training with a friend or family member is a great way to add fun to your fitness routine AND save money too!


This week’s featured partners: Joanne & Ed

Stand sideways to your partner. Swing the the ball up and away from your partner; then swing it across your body and throw it to your partner. This exercise will increase core strength and reaction time.

 

Check out our video of the week!

 

Partner training keeps them motivated!

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Partner Training Core Exercise

Category : Exercise

Partner training with a friend or family member is a great way to add fun to your fitness routine AND save money too!


This week’s featured partners: Kim & Rebecca (a sister act)

Great core exercise for partner training: Partner on left is rotating and using oblique muscles while partner on right performs an isometric abdominal brace.

 

Check out our video of the week!

 

 

 Kim says:

I like partner training with my sister because it pushes me to work harder.


Rebecca says:
Scheduling with Kim makes me show up because I know if I don’t she’s going to text me and ask “Where are you!?!?”

 

If you are interested in partner training, invite a friend to join you or talk to your trainer to help you find someone with similar abilities and schedule.

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Mother Daughter Fitness: Part 3

Category : Active Living

This week’s Mother Daughter Fitness team:
 

Meet Dina & Ashley

 
 

Dina has been training at XO Fitness since 2012. Ashley joined her starting last summer.

Dina has been training at XO Fitness since 2012. Ashley joined her starting last summer.

Whose idea was it to start working out together? Why?

Dina: It was my idea to start working out together.  I wanted to do something active with Ashley rather than just sitting on the couch together.  I wanted to show her that you don’t have to be an athlete to be in shape, you just have to be willing to put a little effort forth.  I’d be willing to bet that if she saw what we were able to do at our first session versus our current session she would be shocked at what she’s accomplished.  Because of my past experience with Lori at XO I knew that you would be able to help us with strength and toning that we wouldn’t otherwise accomplish on our own.

 

What do you like best about working out with your mom/daughter?

Dina: The one hour of working out at XO with Ashley seems to go by much faster than trying to do a workout on my own at home.  I like that we both secretly try to compete against each other, even though neither one of us would admit it.  It’s what’s helped us push forward thru tough workouts.  We also get a good laugh at each other afterwards.

 

Ashley: It makes it more interesting and it gives me quality time with my mom.

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Mother Daughter Fitness: Part 2

Category : Active Living

This week we are featuring another Mother Daughter Fitness team!

 

 

Meet Anne & Grace!

Anne has been training with us since 2008! Grace Joined her in beginning in 2010.

Anne has been training with us since 2008! Grace joined her beginning in 2010.

Whose idea was it to start working out together? Why?

Anne: It was my idea. I was working out at XO and really enjoyed the benefits of working out. So I talked Grace into joining me.
Grace: It was mom’s idea to start working out together and I thought it was a good idea so we started working out. We both wanted to get more in shape and she thought it would be a great idea to do it together.

 

What do you like best about working out with your mom/daughter?

Anne: The time we spend together.  Also seeing how each of us are improving in our strength, balance and coordination.

Grace: Working out with my mom is a fun way that we can connect with one another. It gives us quality time together as well. Throughout the past four years, both of our lives have become more chaotic so having an hour two days a week to spend time with one another is awesome.
 

As a Mother’s Day gift, which exercise would you like to elect you daughter to do for you?

Anne: Mountain Climbers!

 

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Mother Daughter Fitness: Part 1

Category : Active Living

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are spotlighting Mother Daughter Fitness.

This week we will feature the first of our three active Mother Daughter Fitness teams.

 

Maura and Devon have been training together at XO Fitness since January 2014

Maura and Devon have been training together at XO Fitness since January 2014

 

 

 

 

 

We asked them a few questions about training together…here are their answers:

 

Whose idea was it to start working out together?  Why?
Maura: I cannot remember exactly!
Devon: I did a few solo workouts and eventually we just decided to come in together, and that was it!

 

What do you like best about working out with your mom/daughter?
Maura: With our busy schedules, it is nice to have a weekly activity to do together.
Devon: It’s awesome because we both like being active and it’s a social time for us.

 

As a Mother’s Day gift, which exercise would you like to elect your daughter to do for you?
Maura: I can’t think of any. Most of the exercises are fun.

 

Watch for another Mother Daughter Fitness team next week!

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Partner Training Exercise #6: Patty Cake Push-up Plank

Category : Exercise

This is a fun variation on the push-up plank.

Position yourself about an arm’s length from your partner in a push up plank position (either on knees or toes)

Both partners raise right hand and slap them together, then switch to left hand.

If both partners are strong enough, repeat 10 times, rest and repeat!

 

At XO Fitness, we offer partner training. It’s fun and more economical than training on your own.

If you are interested in working out with a loved one or a friend, contact us for details! 920-339-0630

 

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Partner Training Exercise #5: Bird dog with Partner Press

Category : Exercise

This is a partner variation which increases the intensity of a basic core exercise: the quadruped bird dog.

Begin on hands and knees facing your partner.

Raise your right hand and left knee off of the floor, and extend your hand out to make contact with your partner’s (palm to palm).

Both partners press against their partner’s hand with equal pressure as to not allow any movement…this is an isometric exercise (which means there is NO VISIBLE MOVEMENT).

The more pressure applied, the more you will have to engage your core muscles so that you don’t get pushed over.

Then try it on the other side using  left hands.

 

At XO Fitness, we offer partner training. It’s fun and more economical than training on your own.

If you are interested in working out with a loved one or a friend, contact us for details! 920-339-0630

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Partner Training Medicine Ball Exercise #4: Golf Swing and toss

Category : Exercise

This Medicine Ball Exercise is great for your core strength (especially obliques) and lower body (gluteus medius).

Swing the ball away from your partner (as shown) then as you swing it toward your partner toss and it  to them.

Try 10 repetitions, then turn around and do it again on the other side so that you get to toss the ball in both directions.

Tips to keep in mind:

Throw ball low (think:  line drive) DON’T lob it in a high arc.

Throw ball slightly in front of your partner so that they can catch it and swing through in one smooth motion.

Use your whole body turning your hips toward your partner to propel the ball…that way it isn’t just an arm exercise.

Do you need a med ball for home?

We recommend Perform Better for home fitness equipment

At XO Fitness, we offer partner training. It’s fun and more economical than training on your own. If you are interested in working out with a loved one or a friend, contact us for details! 920-339-0630

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Partner Training Medicine Ball Exercise #3: Balance & Optional Lunge

Category : Exercise

These Medicine Ball Exercise are great for your balance, core strength and lower body (if you add the lunge back).

First try balancing on one foot and playing catch with you partner. The more you engage your core the better your balance with be, so stay focused!

Once you master balancing on one foot, try adding in the step back lunge to increase the intensity level and strengthen your lower body.

 

 Do you need a med ball for home? We recommend Perform Better

At XO Fitness, we offer partner training. It’s fun and more economical than training on your own. If you are interested in working out with a loved one or a friend, contact us for details! 920-339-0630

 

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Partner Training Medicine Ball Exercise #2: Squat and Toss

Category : Exercise

This exercise is so fun you’ll forget that you are squatting (ok, maybe not), but it’s more fun than squatting alone!

 

Be sure that you have adequate ceiling clearance!!

Do you need a med ball for home? We recommend Perform Better

At XO Fitness, we offer partner training. It’s fun and more economical than training on your own. If you are interested in working out with a loved one or a friend, contact us for details! 920-339-0630