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Workouts for couples: 20 minute HIIT training session to do together

As part of our Valentine’s Day special, personal trainers and couple Nicola Addison and Claudia Newland have created a 4-part couple’s workout series exclusively for Healthista – Nicola has helped shape the bodies of Elle Macpherson, Erin O’Connor and Daisy Lowe, so we’re taking note!

80 per cent of British couples say their partner motivates them to stay fit. A survey of 1,007 adults in a relationship conducted by Be a Better You, found that 42 per cent of couples work out together, either in the gym or at home.

‘Many couples will find that following a similar fitness regime and diet will fit in well with their day to day routine’, says Simon Bubb, managing director of Be a Better You, a personal trainer course provider. ‘Exercising and working out encourages the body to releases endorphins into the bloodstream which trigger positive, happy feelings. This means working out as a couple becomes a feel-good activity and allows couples to spend time together’.

Personal trainer Nicola Addison has helped shape the bodies of Elle Macpherson, Erin O’Connor and Daisy Lowe.

Couple workouts can not only strengthen the bond between two people, but also the commitment to your fitness goals. Research, reported in a Channel 4 documentary ‘How To Get Fit Fast’ has shown you are more likely to succeed at the gym with a pal, burning 21 per cent more calories, and working out for 16 per cent longer. Couples also have a 6 per-cent drop out rate, compared to those who work out alone with a 43 per cent drop-out rate. With double the motivation to stay on track, there is much less room for excuses.

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Personal trainer Nicola Addison owns Eqvvs Training gym and has helped shape the bodies of Elle Macpherson, Erin O’Connor and Daisy Lowe. Nicola and her partner Claudia Newland, also a personal trainer at Eqvvs, have designed a 4-part couple’s workout video series with Healthista that you can do with a friend or your partner.

This week is 20 minute HIIT cardio routine with a warm up and cool down included. Check back every Wednesday for more in the series.  Check back all week for more couples’ workouts.

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