In our latest paired workout with Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and Women's Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser head to Central Park in New York City for a partner lower body and core session. The challenge du jour? A wall sit with no wall.
That’s right—instead of a wall, use a friend to hold a squat down low to the ground. You might hate wall sits, but we promise this method makes them all the more bearable, and dare we say, even enjoyable. You'll still have to get down into a solid squat position, giving your quads and glutes an isometric challenge.
As you hold the position, do your best to maintain proper posture as you sink down towards the ground and stay in the squat with your back upright against your partner’s. Core engagement becomes super important here. Inhaling and exhaling slowly should help you endure the burn.
“I think you said it was like a trust fall and that's when it clicked for me, but I have to really lean back and trust that your back and stability and strength are gonna be there to support me,” said Plosser.
The point isn’t perfection, but to give your legs and core a quick workout, and have a bit of fun. “Essentially, I become your wall, but that also requires me to create a lot of stability, really tighten up my abs, and it's the same for you too,” Samuel says in conversation with Plosser.
Try to hold the pose for 15 or 20 seconds. “See how long you can last.” You can also do multiple sets, gradually increasing the hold-time with each round. If you’re feeling really ambitious, even throw in situps between each partner wall sit. Happy sweating!