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NEW couples workout series: 20 minute HIIT training session

Couples workouts can strengthen your rate of success as well as relationship. Personal trainers and couple Nicola Addison and Claudia Newland have created a 4-part 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!

‘Couples that train together, stay together’ is something Made In Chelsea couple Louise Thompson and boyfriend Ryan Libbey would say. The fitness fanatics share their couple workouts on Instagram, most often on beach settings in skimpy gear. This week, Louise captioned a video of their Sri Lanka holiday, ‘filming our videos makes us laugh A LOT and keeps us active whilst being greedy piglets on holiday’. She also wrote the following in dedication to her personal trainer boyfriend on Valentine’s Day:

Happy Valentine's Day @ryan.libbey 🌹 I love you today and everyday. Relationships are about balance so we thought we would TRY a few acro yoga poses. I wouldn't be half as stable without you anyway 😜 Our poses (and relationship) are a little wobbly at times, but we get stronger every day, hey? 💪🏽🔥💕😋 you make being in a relationship easy, you keep me sane, but also drive me crazy, and you're actually quite funny ! Only equals make friends, every other relationship is off balance, so I'd say we're a pretty perfect match 💭💭💕👯‍♂️ I can't wait to spend more time with you. Love, xxxx . . . . Ps. These poses are harder than they look, give them a go, let me know what you think! Also…. tips for improvement ! Gym gear from @calzedonia . . #chemistry #acro #yoga #couplesworkout #inbalance #healthyrelationship #trust #equal #fitness #healthylife #lifestylechanges #workoutmotivation #workouts #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgirl #fitnessboy #abs #corestenght #happy

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Whilst many have laughed at the couple’s cringey videos (even her brother Sam mocks them with parody videos), 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.

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‘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.

NEXT WEEK: 20 minute ab workout for couples

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