Zac Efron and Nina Dobrev in early April smashed a partner workout and posted it to social media. Within hours it went viral, viewed more than 4 million times already. Efron, 31 and Dobrev, 30, teamed up to shoot his first episode of ‘Gym time’. A workout and interview series on Youtube.
Partner workouts according to Dian Griesel, Ph.D., co-author of TurboCharged and president of public relations firm DGI, “improve consistency because they involve a commitment”. The pair completed a long list of workouts provided by Vitru Trainer Johnny Fontana.
“A big part of working out is the community of it and going to workouts with friends, and having that accountability,” Nina said in the video.
The pair complete the workout whilst chanting “Brad Pitt wouldn’t quit” as motivation. Want to exercise like Zac Efron and Nina Dobrev? Find out the basics below.
2 x 20 steps of lateral band walks: You’ll need a resistance band for this move. Loop the band just about your ankles and begin with your feet directly underneath your hips before bending into a halfway squat. Take a step to the right as far as you can go and actively resist the pull of the band as you slowly bring your left leg towards to right to get you back to your starting position. Repeat for 20 steps before reversing the direction by walking to the left.
2 x 20 reps of squat butterflies with resistance band: Using a resistance band, place it just above both of your knees and settle into a squat position. Slowly push your knees outwards stretching the band, before bringing it back in like the flap of a butterfly wings.
3 x 5 each kettlebell halos: Grip the handles of the kettlebell with both hands and bring it up to your chest. Still holding it with both hands, raise it up and around the left side of your head in a circular motion, keeping your head straight and core engaged. Finish the rotation by bringing the kettlebell back down to your chest and do the same movement in the opposite direction. That completes one rep.
30 second hold of hollow hold: Lie on your back with your legs straight and your arms extended up above your head. Press your lower back into the floor and push your belly button towards your spine while you slowly lift your hands and feet above the floor. Try to keep them as low to the floor as possible, keeping your abs and glutes tight. Hold for five to 30 seconds.
Elbow planks: Begin on your forearms and knees and then step your feet out one at a time to form a plank position. Activate your abs and make sure your butt isn’t sinking or sticking up, your spine should be parallel to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute.
Watch the dynamic duo workout and chat below:
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