≡ Menu

Valentine’s Day Workout + Recipe Inspiration

I’m super excited about tonight’s post…we’re talking Valentine’s Day! I’ve got a really fun couple’s partner workout for you and recipe inspiration.

Let’s talk about the workout first. I don’t know about you but I love working out with a partner from time to time. It’s a fun way to mix it up and motivate yourself. When you do it with your significant other, it can be a great bonding activity. And the endorphins released by exercise will definitely put you in the mood for a good Valentine’s Day!

Peanut Butter Runner Valentine's Day Workout

I’ve programmed a little bodyweight chipper for you that can be done at home with no equipment. You’ll start by hitting the road for a one mile run. Then you’ll come in for a mix of bodyweight exercises and planks. The way this works is that while one partner works, the other performs a plank. So for example, partner 1 does 25 air squats while partner B holds a plank. When parter A needs a break, switch.

*Note, for the leg throws you will take a break from the planks. Check out this image for a visual of what you’ll do together for this movement.

And here’s my food inspiration for you! I don’t know about you but I always prefer the intimacy of staying in and cooking on Valentine’s Day instead of fighting the crowds and going out. Here are some of my favorite at home “special” meal ideas.

Appetizers 

2.15cheese

A cheese plate. My most favorite app in the world!

app

Addictive Delicious Gooey Baked Camembert.

Entrees

3.18baconpork.jpg

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin.

8.4crabcakemushroom2

Crab Cake Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

10.28dinner

Creamy Shrimp, Prosciutto and Mushroom Pasta.

11.25chickmarsalamac2

Chicken Marsala Macaroni and Cheese.

Desserts

9.3brownies4

Salted Fudge Brownies.

12.23cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Carmel Frosting.

What are you planning for Valentine’s Day? Going out, staying in? 

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Nicki February 12, 2015, 10:15 pm

    Love the workout!! Hmm, maybe I can convince my boyfriend to do that one with me… I’m taking him to lunch at a new Thai restaurant I found that I know he’ll love and then we’re picking up steaks from the butcher for dinner! They won’t be cheap but it’ll be a drop in the bucket compared to going out 🙂 We might also go watch a local CrossFit competition since friends from both of our boxes will be competing! The last few years I was single and met friends for drinks which is always fun no matter what.

  • 2
    Jojo @ Run Fast Eat Lots February 12, 2015, 10:58 pm

    I wish I had plans on Vday with the boy, but we’re long distance and we couldn’t make this weekend work. Probably going to have a google hangout date instead.
    Other than that, I have a session with a personal trainer and will study for the rest of the day.

  • 3
    Haley February 13, 2015, 3:43 am

    Love the work out.. might have to give that one a go!! for V-day, nothing better than having lunch with the girls, then head out with the boy for dinner. Normally, we stay in and cook, but its summer in Aust and there are a number of festivals starting this weekend in our home-town. So we’re going to head out for a casual sushi dinner, followed by drinks at the ‘Garden of Unearthly Delights’!!

  • 4
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 13, 2015, 5:56 am

    It’s supposed to snow again tomorrow afternoon into Sunday with crazy frigid temps so it looks like I will be home…Although I am hoping it’s not all that terrible because I was looking forward to my favorite fudge cake from The Cheesecake Factory for dessert 🙂

  • 5
    Cara's Healthy Cravings February 13, 2015, 7:12 am

    What a fun workout!
    When I celebrate Valentines I always make a nice dinner at home, which I agree with you, is sooo much better than going out.
    My husband is working overseas right now, so I am solo this Valentines, but am going to cook a nice meal for my parents, I figured I may as well spread the love somehow 🙂

  • 6
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 13, 2015, 8:00 am

    YUM! Cheese plate is my absolute favorite too.
    The hubs and I ordered lobsta and are staying home this year! Perfect night!

  • 7
    Kacy February 13, 2015, 8:22 am

    I convinced my hubby to take a partner yoga workshop with me at Charlotte Yoga! I haven’t been there in years, so I’m excited to see it. Afterwards my kids planned a “double date” for the 4 of us. ❤️ Thanks fir sharing all those recipes! The salmon looks amazing!

  • 8
    Sarah @ Sarah's on the Run February 13, 2015, 9:26 am

    LOVE the Valentine’s Day partner workout! My workout buddy and I have done several of your workouts this week and LOVE them!!

  • 9
    erin February 13, 2015, 9:31 am

    Those cupcakes look soooo good! I am a sucker for anything caramel!

  • 10
    Grace February 13, 2015, 10:38 am

    My boyfriend and I couldn’t get a dinner reservation until 9:30pm so we’re planning on making a nice wine and cheese plate before hand! Think we’ll have to try the partner workout in the morning too. Thanks for always compiling such awesome workouts! Have an amazing Valentines Day 🙂

  • 11
    kristin | W [H] A T C H February 13, 2015, 12:34 pm

    staying in and making heart shaped pizzas!

  • 12
    She Rocks Fitness February 13, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Oh this girl is staying in with her little pup and enjoying a yummy dinner; my DVR’s; and some decadent chocolate cake…Can’t wait for it! 😉

  • 13
    Petria February 13, 2015, 5:19 pm

    My fiancé and I are getting married in 9 weeks!! We are seeing the swing band that will be playing at our wedding tonight! Jen – what are you doing for Valentines Day? I noticed that you appear to be wearing what looks a beautiful engagement ring in some of your recent instagram pics – do have some news to share??!!

  • 14
    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks February 13, 2015, 7:34 pm

    I’m actually flying back home from a business trip tomorrow morning, so a colleague and I are doing galentine dinner tonight complete with seeing 50 shades afterwards, of course. And I plan to wear pink on the plane tomorrow!

  • 15
    Nicole February 14, 2015, 1:09 pm

    I did this workout solo and split it into 10 rounds. Think my legs are going to be sore! Going to a Mardi Gras party Valentine’s night!

  • 16
    Kristi February 15, 2015, 2:08 pm

    I love the valentines partner workout. Definitely kicked my butt. I made my boyfriend try it with me and we alternated wall sits with planks – so fun! Thanks for the guide!

Leave a Comment