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5 Reasons Why You Need To Workout As A Couple

Every day there are thousands of people working out. From lifting weights to yoga class to whatever trendy boutique workout comes next, you are probably doing it alone then going home to your significant other afterwards. Great for you for working out! But consider bringing your partner along next time.

The saying, “those who sweat together, stay together” is no surprise when you look at all the benefits of exercising as a couple. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we have compiled a list that will have you and your partner running to the gym to strengthen your bodies AND relationship.

If you both have never stepped foot in a gym, this is a great journey to start on together and it will no doubt bring you closer. If you are into fitness and your partner isn’t, use any of the 5 topics below as part of your pitch to get them on board.

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This is KiwiSweat – We keep it moving

KiwiSweat was started in 2011 out of general gym and fitness boredom. We were tired of doing the same workouts over and over again. Even if it’s the best work out in the world, do it every day, and inevitably, you get bored.

Since 2011, KiwiSweat has been a branded platform focused on providing the highest quality fitness in unique destinations. We’ve featured the city’s best instructors, unique locations, and amazing DJs. We’ve transformed the ho-hum workout routine into THE premier fitness experience.

KiwiSweat – The remix!

That’s right! We launched a fitness app. We know what you’re thinking, “not another fitness app!” Hold tight my friend. This free app, available now at the Apple App Store, is a major extension of the KiwiSweat platform. The app lets cutting-edge instructors directly connect with students, empowering premier instructors with a way to bring their custom methods directly to students, and giving YOU the ability to discover, easily pay for and attend fun, new fitness classes. Who needs the gym? We’re giving instructors the power to reach you directly. It’s essentially Uber meets Airbnb meets Etsy, but for group fitness.

KiwiSweat will continue to produce epic “pop-up” events in each major market across the United States. Each “pop-up” will still take place in a unique destination and last between 1 day and 2 weeks. But now we’ll be in more locations and featuring more amazing instructors! And don’t you worry! KiwiSweat is still pay-per-class with zero membership fees.

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Sweat Spotlight: The Fhitting Room

I could not wait to try a class at the brand new Fhitting Room location on 19th street. The Fhitting Room is a boutique studio focused on high intensity training (HIT), a more recent trend in group fitness classes with results that keep it here to stay. The class structure is methodically created to deliver an intense full-body workout, performed in intervals of maximum effort with minimal equipment, combining elements of strength training and cardiovascular exercise. The class is by no means easy, but if you put in the effort, it will be the most effective class you will ever take.

The new 2-floor studio is massive. The main workout studio on the first floor accommodates class sizes up to 24 people, with 2 instructors at all times, keeping the instructor to participant ratio low so you will get specialized attention. The second level has a smaller workout room for private events or smaller classes, tons of key-code lockers, private bathrooms and showers with great amenities. They offer a free towel and water, and their retail section offer’s some awesome gear.

The main studio has dumbbells, kettlebells, rowers, medicine balls and suspension ropes among other equipment perfectly on display. The white board at the back of the room has the workout of the day, so at least you can mentally prepare for the torturous (yet really fun and satisfying) workout headed your way. All the instructors at the Fhitting Room are highly qualified and passionate. I had the pleasure to take Dyan and Jason’s class, a dynamic duo with tons of energy who have fun teaching, which makes you have fun doing the work.

The warm up consisted of jumping jacks, air squats, alternating front lunges, inchworm to push-ups, hip openers and high knees done in quick intervals to get the blood flowing and heart rate increased. Next, we partnered up and alternated between 2 rounds of suspension rope jump squats while the other person held a plank for 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off. I have never used suspension ropes before and the burn I got in my quads and booty in just 30 seconds made me an even bigger believer in HIT.

Next was the strength part of the class. Using dumbbells (you can choose whatever weight you are comfortable with), we did 2 round of man makers and curtsy lunges on both sides for 45 seconds each. Then came the circuit, the meat of the class and the most challenging aspect where you really need to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

The circuit involved 6 stations: ski row machine, wall ball squats, kettlebell alternating lunges, hamstring curls with suspension ropes, bosu ball squat thrusts and 10 low hurdles for high knee run-throughs. In small groups of 4, we spent 1 minute at each station for 2 rounds. If that wasn’t enough, we ended that class with 5 minutes of single arm kettlebell thrusters, burpees and reverse crunches for as many reps as possible. Not a single muscle on my body was left out. I was an exhausted sweaty mess, but high on endorphins and I felt amazing after completing such a challenging class knowing I gave it my all.