A GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT THE COUPLE THAT SWEATS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
It makes sense, right? No matter what you’re doing, having a shared goal and someone to help you be accountable can keep you focused and on track. Having a partner who is interested in the same things that you are can bring — and keep — you closer as a couple. And being able to share successes and struggles with each other can be a bonding experience.
That’s certainly the case of America’s Fittest Couple winners Chris and Carolyn Hasley. ǡ ǡ ϐ affair. The parents of three children — Julia, 8; Meredith, 4; Joe, 2 — say that being active is a major part of family life. “The kids always hang out with us in our home gym while we train,” says Carolyn. “In between sets and exercises we usually include them in some activities or try to teach them the workouts. There really is no better warm-up or cool-down than a disco dance party or a few silly games of Duck-duckGoose and Ring Around the Rosie.”
The Fit Life
Before signing up for the America’s Fittest Couple Challenge, the Hasleys, who are both ǡ ǯ ϐ - ness. Both led active lifestyles since childhood — Chris played basketball and baseball, and Carolyn was a swimmer and ran track — and ϐ Ǥ ǲ ϐ ǡ teachers at the same school,” says Carolyn. “I knew he did triathlons and I thought, I should hit him up for some advice on how to do them and how to train.” They’ve now been married for almost six years.
The couple became interested in America’s Fittest Couple Challenge after focusing on triathlons last year. They thought they had lost too much muscle and believed that the Challenge, featuring Chris and Heidi Powell’s program, would be a good antidote.
However, adjusting to the newness of the ϐ ǥ ǲ was so detailed and laid out perfectly, which helped tremendously, but until we got into the swing of things, it was tough coming to terms with scheduling, learning the workouts and getting familiar with the recipes,” recalls Carolyn. Most of the struggle seemed to stem from the fact that the Challenge started during their second week back to school after summer break.
The couple was surprised by the amount of food the program allowed for. “I usually never eat so many carbs and see success. I’ve never carb cycled like this, but I was surprised by how easy it was,” says Carolyn. Chris agrees. “I was able to control my eating habits ϐ my life!” he exclaims.
“We doubted it early on,” Chris admits, “because there was a lot of food, but it totally came through.” The pair didn’t take shortcuts. “We always followed the recipes to a T. We ate exactly what the program suggested with the exact his-and-her serving sizes,” Carolyn assures us.
Although Sundays were deemed “off” days by the Powells, the Hasleys continued to eat clean, choosing foods that they liked from the previous week and cheating with the occasional treat meal or dessert.
As for the training portion of the program, the Hasleys never skipped a single workout. They appreciated the ability to complete them in less than an hour, an essential element for these busy parents. “The metcons alone were timesaving, yet they were as effective as some of the cardio sessions we were used to doing,” Carolyn says. “We never thought we would see these kind of results in only 60 days!”
The Hasleys were happily surprised by changes other than the physical ones after completing the Challenge. “Not only can I do several heavy weighted pull-ups now, I can willingly say no to Pop-tarts,” says Chris, laughing. And aside from upping her multitasking skills, Carolyn can now do more than 40 military-style push-ups.
Chris and Carolyn set their sights on winning — “Someone had to be America’s Fittest Couple Challenge winners, why not us?” asks Carolyn. That kept them focused, and they relied on each other for motivation to see the program through. “We had a silent agreement — I wasn’t going to snack on foods off the plan because I knew Chris wasn’t, and vice versa,” Carolyn asserts. “We weren’t going to skip a workout because
we were tired; we just knew we had to do it.” And having a huge support system outside of their immediate family bolstered their commitment to being successful. “Words cannot describe how blown away we ϐ Ǩǳ Ǥ Family, friends, students in their tight-knit community and even the school superintendent got behind them. In fact, when M&P asked if the couple had any reservations about their students and the district ϐ ǡ ǡ ǲ Ǥ made Top 20 — and that was our goal — we would go to the superintendent and get his seal of approval. And we did. He was so supportive. Ǩǳ
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