Women's Health (UK) - - IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN - Amy Costello, 28, from Lon­don, co-founded F45 Tot­ten­ham Court Road (f 45t rain­ing. co. uk), a train­ing stu­dio, with her boyfriend Mike

‘My first date with Mike was a long run. I don’t know if it was the phys­i­cal breath­less­ness that made me at­tracted to him, per se, but there’s some­thing about train­ing with some­one that strips away your in­se­cu­ri­ties and forces you to lower your guard. It’s such a raw, nat­u­ral ac­tiv­ity – you can’t worry about what your hair looks like when you’re sweaty and red-faced. Th­ese days, it def­i­nitely helps us to sus­tain our re­la­tion­ship and our fit­ness lev­els. We’re both so busy run­ning a busi­ness that it could be hard oth­er­wise to make time for “us”. Now I can’t bail on a work­out, be­cause it would be like stand­ing Mike up at the same time. Be­fore meet­ing Mike, I would only ever run – al­beit a lot. But, although I felt phys­i­cally very fit, I had no core strength or mus­cle def­i­ni­tion. By mak­ing an ef­fort to find and de­velop a fit­ness rou­tine that Mike and I could do to­gether, I’ve learned from his ex­pe­ri­ence, and he’s learned from mine. I’ve tried the HIIT work­outs and weight-based ex­er­cises that he loves, while he’s do­ing more car­dio. Now we both prac­tise F45 cir­cuits to­gether, which gives us the best of both worlds.’

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