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Partner exercises make staying in shape more fun

Pam LeBlanc, Fit City

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Crunches with your cutie. Pushups with passion. Squats with your squeeze.

Working out with your significant other means spending time together doing something that's good for your body — and who wouldn't want to do that, especially with Valentine's Day fast approaching? We enlisted Austin trainer Sarah Stewart, who runs Kinetic Movement Systems and trains clients at The Hills Health Club and Wellness Center, to help demonstrate some exercises best done with a partner.

"I like to do crazy stuff," she says. And doing it with a pal amps up the motivation.

Just make sure you find a companion who's strong enough to keep up. And don't overdo it. Use caution if one partner is much larger than the other.

Not in love?

No worries. You'll still feel the burn (but maybe not the butterflies) if you team up with a co-worker, friend or family member for these exercises.

pleblanc@statesman.com; 445-3994

1. Circle of Love Rotation (aka Seated Rotation With a Partner)