Fit to­gether

> This cou­ple is in full swing, cross­ing off WODs (work­out of the day) and craft­ing gra­nola for sale

The Sun (Malaysia) - - YOUTH - BY YEEVON ONG

NI­CHOLAS SEE and Janell Tan are fondly known as the Cross­Fit Cou­ple among their peers and just as the nick­name sug­gests, both See and Tan are avid Cross­Fit train­ers. They train to­gether six days a week – seven if the gym would open on Sun­days. Their brain­child, The Ket­tle­bowl was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of their zeal and en­thu­si­asm in ev­ery­thing fit­ness. But what was ini­tially meant to be a fit­ness plat­form be­came bet­ter known for its brand of healthy, home-made gra­nola to­day. See and Tan make and pack The Ket­tle­bowl’s break­fast gra­nola at home over the week­end, and ship them out through­out the week. On av­er­age, the cou­ple re­ceives about 100 or­ders a week! While See is still tied to a day job help­ing out in his fam­ily business, Tan has quit her mar­ket­ing ca­reer to fo­cus on The Ket­tle­bowl, so no more sneak­ing out dur­ing lunchtime to buy in­gre­di­ents and make de­liv­er­ies. How­ever, the gra­nola business isn’t all of it for the young­sters. The 26-yearolds con­tinue to up­hold the ini­tial ob­jec­tive of The Ket­tle­bowl by in­spir­ing and en­cour­ag­ing a health­ier, more sus­tain­able life­style via the blog posts and work­out videos they post on their web­site and In­sta­gram ac­count.

How do you keep each other mo­ti­vated? See: We train to­gether, keep each other in check and make sure that we are fo­cused on our goals to reach that level to per­form in com­pe­ti­tions. It does get com­pet­i­tive some­times but I re­mind my­self that we’re train­ing to­gether and it’s to help each other be­come bet­ter. Tan: We love to eat so we work out to eat. We mo­ti­vate each other with food. We en­cour­age cheat days (grins).

How are work­ing and work­ing out to­gether all the time work­ing out for the both of you? Tan: It makes me feel a lot more com­plete. What­ever I’m do­ing, whether it’s business or train­ing, I’m do­ing it for the two of us. It has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on me; it def­i­nitely drives me to achieve more, to be more dis­ci­plined and ded­i­cated in what I do. See: So far, so good. The past cou­ple of months have tested our re­la­tion­ship, how we were un­der pres­sure but we we would al­ways talk things out and make sure both par­ties are at peace.

At the end of the day, we want to grow to­gether as a cou­ple. It’s great that we like the same food and movies, and do­ing the same things. It doesn’t hin­der our in­di­vid­ual growth. We’re lucky to have found one another. Tan: We are like the same per­son – it’s quite creepy (laughs).

So how true is the state­ment, ‘cou­ples who sweat to­gether, stay to­gether’? (Both in uni­son): Very true. Tan: I think work­ing out to­gether brought us closer. See: I think if we didn’t work out to­gether we wouldn’t be as strong.

The Cross­Fit Cou­ple re­li­giously works out to­gether six days a week. In­stead of go­ing out for dates, Tan and See hit the gym.

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