His and Hers "Sexy Sweetheart" Valentine's Day Weight Workout
Who says we only need to look great in the warmer months? It's true that looking good is important when there's less clothing involved, but with Valentine's Day around the corner, we want to impress our sweethearts right? Read on for the perfect HIS and HERS workout to fine tune those "wow factor" areas that we all look for in the opposite sex. How about pleasing your sweetheart by presenting those chocolates and flowers with a beautiful sculpted bod!
Valentines Day Workout for Her
When asking women what they think will impress their sweeties the best, the answer is usually luscious legs, gorgeous glutes and sexy shoulders. If done consistently, the following workout for women will result in just that, and in plenty of time to impress for Valentine's Day. Below are exercises that can be done in the gym or at home. Do all exercises in one workout 2-3x per week making sure you allow 2 days rest in between workout days.
Step-ups for Gorgeous Glutes and Luscious Legs
With a bench or chair positioned in front of you, place your hands on your hips (or hold a dumbbell in each hand) and step one foot up onto the bench. Be sure to stand up to a full extension of the working leg without locking your knee. Step back onto the floor with the same leg and repeat. Do 12-15 reps on each leg for 3 sets.
Reverse Lunges for Gorgeous Glutes and Luscious Legs
Start in a standing position with feet together and hands on hips (or holding a dumbbell in each hand.) Step one foot backward, and bend both knees at 90 degree angles, bringing your back knee close to the floor. Bring your back foot to the starting position and repeat. Do 12-15 repetitions on each leg for a total of 3 sets.
Plie Squats for Gorgeous Glutes, Luscious Legs and inner thighs
Start in a standing position with hands on hips or holding a single dumbbell between your legs. Slightly turn toes outward as if in a ballet plie. Slowly lower your body to the floor so that both knees are bent at 90 degree angles. Hold for a count of 3, then extend your legs to bring your body back up. Repeat 12-15 times for 3 sets.
Dumbbell Presses/Inverted Pushups for Sexy Shoulders
In a seated position with a dumbbell in each hand, place arms with elbows bent so the dumbbells are at chin height. Act as if you're drawing an "A" in the air with the dumbbells, bringing them above and together over your head. Squeeze the shoulders for a count of 3, then bring the dumbbells back down to the starting position following the same line that they were raised on. If you are at home and without dumbbells, you can achieve the same effect by doing inverted pushups. Place bent knees on a chair with hands positioned on the floor in front of you. Lower your head to the floor and press back up. Repeat both exercises for 12-15 repetitions for 3 sets.
Dumbbell Lateral Raises for Sexy Shoulders
In a standing position holding a dumbbell (or soup can) in each hand down at your sides. With slightly bent elbows, raise each hand to shoulder height and bring back down to starting position. Repeat 12-15 times for 3 sets.
Valentines Day Workout for Him
Most men seem to agree that it's a chiseled chest, amazing arms, and bangin' back that are physically attractive to the opposite sex. Want to have them looking sexy for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? The following Valentine's Day Workout for Him is sure to please.
Dumbbell Chest Presses/Weighted Pushups for a Chiseled Chest
Laying flat on a bench or a mat, place a dumbbell in each hand. With bent elbows, bring each dumbbell to chin height and press up and together over your chest. Imagine drawing an "A" in the air with the dumbbells. Squeeze for a count of 3 and bring the dumbbells back to the starting position, down along the same line that you raised them on. Repeat 10-12 times for a set of 3. If you're at home and don't have dumbbells at your disposal you can also do weighted pushups. Have a partner put some light pressure on your back while you perform 12-15 pushups. Make sure to keep your belly button drawn into your spine to protect your back and core while the extra pressure is added.
Dumbbell Flies/Isometric Doorway Fly for a Chiseled Chest
With a dumbbell in each hand, lay flat on a bench or mat on the floor. Start with both dumbbells at arms length out to your sides. With slightly bent elbows, bring your hands in an arc above your chest so that the dumbbells are together. Bring back down to the starting position and repeat. Perform 10-12 reps for 3 sets. If you're doing this exercise at home, you can get the same results with Isometric Doorway Flies. Stand in a doorway with each arm on either side of the doorframe. With hands inside the frame, press and hold for 5-10 seconds and rest for 2 seconds. Repeat 10 times for a total of 3 sets.
Diamond Pushups for Terrific Tri's
This is the same thing as a regular pushup, but with your hands close together, it focuses more on the triceps. Get into a pushup position with hands touching each other on the floor underneath your chest. Perform 12-15 pushups for a total of 3 sets.
Wide Grip Pull-ups for a Bangin' Back and Bi's
Using a chin-up bar or assisted pull-up/dip machine, place hands on the bar just outside of shoulder width. Focusing on keeping your chest up and back straight, pull your body upward so that your chin is just above the bar. Focusing on pulling from the elbows helps the arms stay fresh so that the back can get a proper workout. Perform as many reps as you can up to 15 for 3 sets.
Final Note - Don't Forget Diet and Cardio
Although weight training is key in sculpting your muscles efficiently, you also need to focus on proper nutrition and cardio in order for your hard work to show by Valentine's Day. Here is a fantastic article on effective and healthy dieting. Focusing on clean and wholesome foods while watching calorie intake is paramount in looking and feeling great. Make sure you are burning enough calories with your cardiovascular workouts so that you are creating the calorie deficit needed in order to effectively burn the ugly fat on top of your muscles.
There you have it! A va-va-voom Valentine's Day workout for you and your sweetheart... work it out and show it off!