COU­PLES’ TIME

The Hamilton Spectator - - CAREERS - KELLI KENNEDY

FORT LAUD­ERDALE, FLA. — It’s hot and sticky out­side, all your friends are at the beach or at brunch. It’s tempt­ing to blow off a work­out, but get­ting sweaty with your sig­nif­i­cant other def­i­nitely ups the fun fac­tor and makes it eas­ier to stick to.

We asked some of our favourite swole­mates (that’s in­ter­net speak for soul­mates who like to get swole, as in mus­cu­lar or swollen, to­gether) about the cre­ative ways they sneak in a work­out and how it has im­proved their re­la­tion­ships. Gi­u­liana and Bill Ran­cic make it fun The Ran­cics started work­ing out to­gether 11 years ago when they started dat­ing and have been sweat­ing to­gether ever since.

Their In­sta­gram feed is full of cute pho­tos of them wa­ter ski­ing, boat­ing, golf­ing and carb load­ing at their res­tau­rants RPM Ital­ian in Chicago and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Gi­u­liana: “Bill and I re­cently started play­ing Pick­le­ball reg­u­larly and (we) love it. It’s like ten­nis meets ping-pong and is a great work­out and can get very com­pet­i­tive as well. We play it on out­door courts, which is per­fect for us since we both love be­ing out in the sun. We also love to hike to­gether or go to the gym to­gether when the weather isn’t great out­side.

He’s the best work­out part­ner I could ask for.”

Bill: “Work­ing out as a cou­ple is an­other way to be to­gether while do­ing some­thing that is good for you. Even if your work­week is too busy, plan to set aside an hour each week­end to ei­ther go to the gym, play a sport or take a hike. At the very least, a walk around the neigh­bour­hood is a great way to get some ex­er­cise and re­con­nect.”

Anna Kaiser and hus­band call a sit­ter, sched­ule a work­out date

She’s a fit­ness trainer to stars like Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa and Shakira. Kaiser and her hus­band, Dr. Car­los Wes­ley, who are new par­ents, love to stay ac­tive, es­pe­cially when they travel.

They’ve been spelunk­ing in Riviera Maya, hik­ing through the Ama­zon rain­for­est; have paired up for a re­lay mini-triathlon in Mon­tauk, New York, and cre­ated their own run­ning tour of Paris and Lon­don.

Car­los: “Last Sun­day, my mom came over to watch the baby and we headed into Cen­tral Park to­gether for 45 min­utes. We cre­ated an in­ter­val work­out that al­ter­nated be­tween short runs and a se­ries of four ex­er­cises. (Run for seven min­utes, then pushups, burpees, side planks, teasers, each ex­er­cise per­formed for one minute, then run for six min­utes and per­form each ex­er­cise for 45 sec­onds and so on.) I mon­i­tored the time and Anna led the work­out sec­tions.

“We had the best time and came back to the apart­ment bet­ter par­ents than when we left.”

Anna: “We are new par­ents and we don’t have much time out­side of work and baby du­ties. So it can get frus­trat­ing not to get time to fo­cus on our­selves, or one an­other. Work­ing out not only gets us out of the house, but it helps us get phys­i­cal to­gether, push our­selves harder than we would if we were solo, and achieve a short-term goal that we have to work to­ward to­gether. Plus, I think it’s sexy to see him work out and push him­self.”

Ge­orge and Jamie Hess find new friends through fit­ness

Fit­ness has al­ways been the foun­da­tion of the Hess’ re­la­tion­ship. He even pro­posed on the tread­mill at Barry’s boot camp class. The cou­ple says work­ing out has helped them both lose weight and dis­cover new things. They ran their first 5K three years ago and fell in love. Last year, they ran the NYC Marathon to­gether.

Ge­orge: “Our date nights are now date days. While most peo­ple hire a babysit­ter in the evenings, we hire ours on week­end morn­ings so we can head out­doors and share some fit­ness time and then grab a quick healthy bite on the way home. It’s so much more grat­i­fy­ing for us than hav­ing a “date night” din­ner where we eat in­dul­gent food and then re­gret it when our pants don’t fit the next morn­ing.”

Jamie: “I would rec­om­mend find­ing some­thing you love to do to­gether, like a boot camp or spin class, and then sign up for that a few days a week.

“Not only does the rou­tine help with con­sis­tency, but an­other cool byprod­uct is mak­ing friends as a cou­ple. Now that we have to jug­gle child care (mean­ing they have to trade off morn­ings at the gym), we set aside time on Sun­day nights to go over our sched­ule for the week to make sure we both get in all the work­outs we need.

“The most im­por­tant thing is sched­ul­ing the work­outs and then mak­ing them non-ne­go­tiable.”

Mike Ai­dala and Chelsey Korus say work­ing out im­proves trust

Don’t be in­tim­i­dated by their crazy im­pres­sive moves like one armed hand­stands. Th­ese stunt masters met on the set of a photo shoot in New York’s Cen­tral Park and say they are each other’s tough­est train­ers and big­gest cheer­lead­ers.

Chelsey: “Mike and I love to keep it play­ful and com­pletely im­merse our­selves in the en­vi­ron­ments we are in. If we hap­pen to be strolling through the woods, we turn it into a free-run­ning ob­sta­cle course. A quick dip in the reser­voir turns into a long dis­tance swim to the other side. An af­ter­noon in the city turns into a game of ‘can you hand­stand here?’

“Liv­ing this way to­gether keeps the mo­ment alive with pos­si­bil­i­ties, not to men­tion a great work­out.”

Mike: “When we work out to­gether, es­pe­cially do­ing high-risk ac­ro­batic trust moves, it re­quires us to lean on each other’s strength, aware­ness and flex­i­bil­ity which nat­u­rally fos­ters a closer re­la­tion­ship. She’s my team­mate. ... The big­gest ben­e­fits of train­ing with your part­ner are the men­tal and emo­tional gains not the phys­i­cal ones.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Left: Gi­u­liana and Bill Ran­cic love pick­le­ball. Jamie and Ge­orge Hess hire a babysit­ter for week­end morn­ings so they can go work out.

PETER COOPER, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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Right: Mike Ai­dala and Chelsey Kho­rus work­ing on a skill called a Figa in New York’s Wash­ing­ton Square Park.

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