Memorial Day weekend means the start of Summer which is always great motivation for ramping up the workout routine. This Memorial Day weekend, we were lucky enough to head down to Southern California to visit my family and spend time with my adorable 2 year old nephew. The only problem with traveling is it breaks up my gym routine which means it requires a bit of planning to make sure I can find time to workout. As luck would have it, one of my favorite workout buddies, Emily, was also planning to head down to SoCal to spend time with her family! When fate puts you in the same place at the same time, you have to get together and workout!!!! 

Emily and I made plans to meet on the beach one morning so the boys could chase the waves and build sand castles while Emily and I got in a workout. Because it was just the two of us, we decided to do all partner workouts. I have a Tabata timer on my phone (there are several you can choose from in the App store) so we decided to do Tabata sets. Here are a few notes on the 4 sets we chose:

  • Jump Squats
    • This is one of Tricia's favorite partner workouts and she often incorporates it into our Tabata classes.
    • You stand, palms up against each other and do jump squats. The goal is to get as low as you can in the squat and push off to jump as high as possible all while reaching breathless. 
    • Finding a partner that is about the same height is important for this one
  • Push Ups with a High Five
    • This is one of my favorite strength exercises to do with a partner. You essentially do a push  up and when you come up, you high five your partner. 
    • One small side note, this was not the best exercise for the beach. Emily and I ended up throwing sand in each other's face when we came up to high five.
  • Hop Over Planks
    • This was by far my favorite workout of the set! One partner lies down in plank while the other hops over them.
    • I would recommend that the partner in plank go on their forearms to decrease the height a bit.
  • Burpees with a High Five
    • This seemed like a brilliant idea in my head. Unfortunately, it didn't play out that way!
    • The idea is to do a burpee and then jump up and high five each other.
    • Unfortunately, when we went to high five each other, we found we were too far away so we moved closer together. But then on the way down to do the burpee, we nearly bumped heads! Between that and the sand everywhere, we had to scratch this from the set!

Workout Scale:

Cardio: 3/5

Core: 2/5

Legs: 3/5

Arms: 2/5