The Outdoor Workout Anna Does with Her Famous Clients

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Let’s face it: Sometimes working out solo gets boring. There’s nothing like bringing in a friend to keep you motivated—and competitive—and that’s why Kaiser, who’s famous for keeping Kelly Ripa in tip-top shape, likes partner workouts. This one’s easy to do outdoors—you’ll want to perform five rounds of each circuit. Do each exercise for 30 seconds during the first two rounds, then for 15 seconds the last three (really push your speed and range of motion then). Of course, we recommend following in the footsteps of AKT master instructors Emily Mara and Becky Anderson, who modeled the moves below, and hitting the beach for this workout. That way you can hop in the surf post-sweat for an immediate, totally satisfying cool-down.

CIRCUIT 1

1-2-3 RUNS

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How to: Facing each other, try to run in place, challenging each other to run faster and farther, keeping knees high (a). No matter what, you must stay together!

MIRROR IMAGE

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How to: Stand side to side, both facing the same direction. Partner 1 should be on the right side of Partner 2, holding a dumbbell or medicine ball (eight to 15 pounds). At the same time, each partner steps forward into a lunge with the leg that is next to the other person (Partner 1 – left foot, Partner 2 – right foot). Hold that lunge (a). Partner 1 passes the weight to Partner 2 (twisting torsos toward one another) (b). Coming back to face front, both people push off the front leg and come back to standing (c). Repeat on the same leg, continuing to pass the weight back and forth.

LINKED

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How to: Facing each other, grab your partner’s forearms and lower into a half-squat (a). Shuffle as fast as you can from side to side together, staying low (b).

MIRROR IMAGE

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How to: Perform the same exercise as above, switching legs.

CIRCUIT 2

THE CLIMB

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How to: Partner 1 lies on a mat with knees bent and feet on the floor, hands behind head. Partner 2 places hands on Partner 1’s ankles and gets into a plank position (a). Once both partners are in position, Partner 1 performs full situps while Partner 2 performs mountain climbers (b).

THE CLIMB, PART II

Perform the same exercise as above, switching positions.

MAKE A PASS AT ME

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How to: Grab one dumbbell (three to eight pounds). With your backs to each other, perform a side plank (a); Partner 1 starts with the weight. Pass the weight under your side plank to Partner 2 (b). Partner 2 grabs the weight and extends their arm straight to the ceiling. Partner 2 passes the weight back under to Partner 1, who then extends the weight to the ceiling.

MAKE A PASS AT ME, PART II

Perform the same exercise as above, switching sides.

 

 

 

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