One of the reasons that I’m so excited about the West-Swoboda wedding is that I’m good friends with not only the bride – but the groom as well. A part of me even feels semi responsible for getting them together in the first place, so seeing them finally get hitched will be a mega-exciting event.
That being said, I was totally surprised when Rich initiated the idea to join us for one of the final Fit Bride Bootcamp workouts. I don’t think I quite believed it until he actually turned up that Saturday morning. But hey, marriage isn’t just about the bride right? Why shouldn’t the groom join in!
I have a love/hate relationship with training couples. Two people at a time is obviously more challenging as your attention is constantly divided and it’s easier to miss little technical pointers. It’s very hard if the two people are in a completely different place with regard to their fitness and their goals. You also don’t want one person to slack off when giving corrections to the other!
At the same time, it can be great fun and hugely entertaining for both the clients AND the trainer. Staci and Rich are ideal for couples training because they’re both hugely competitive – but neither party takes themselves too seriously. They worked together well when they needed to work together and were equally determined to take the other person down when I made certain exercises into competitions. It just sort of shows why they work well as a couple…in particular the mutual decision to get waffles at the end of their final session together!
The most satisfying part was that Staci easily kept up with Rich, who is a regular gym-goer, and even knocked him out the park in certain exercises! It was a clear display of Staci’s improvement, as six months ago I somehow don’t think she’d have been able to keep up!
So without further ado, I’d like to present to you, the FINAL Fit Bride Bootcamp Workout – getting wedding ready! As usual, Staci’s commentary is right below.
The Commentary, by Staci
When Roslyn and I had our first planning session about this series we were so optimistic. So many plans, goals and things we wanted to accomplish. And then, well, life happened. Yet despite pesky life and reality getting in the way of some of things we initially planned, it did led to one thing- this month’s topic – A Couples Workout.
After 6 months of me complaining and moaning in pain after every session, Rich decided to come and join us for our first outdoor session. Immediately after, I told Roslyn this had to be our closing theme. It was too much fun not to share. Now, Rich and I have been to the gym together before, but we’ve never actually worked out together. We’ve definitely never done the same exercises so it was um, interesting…
I thought for sure he was going to blow me out of the water but turns out I kept up just fine since I was used to Roslyn’s session style and it was far different than what he was used to doing. Not to brag or anything but I did manage to do more burpees at the end of our last session, so I mean – nailed it.
All jokes aside, this month has been my absolute favourite one yet. Having someone to work out with is always better but getting to work out and laugh through the pain with your significant other is so satisfying. Both being competitive people, we not only pushed each other but it made someone (ahem, Richard) much more understanding and supportive of the day after pain and struggles. And although the Fit Bride Bootcamp is coming to a close, workouts and collaborations between myself and Roslyn are definitely not over. I also think it’s safe to say fitness and couples workouts will be a regular occurrence for L&L over on Instagram since the soon-to-be Mr. is already asking about our next session.
Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know what you’re favourite theme has been? Do you work out with your partner – do you love it or hate it?
Stay tuned for next week when I’ll be sharing my top tips for working out with a partner!