Marrying Fitness Into Your Relationship

| July 26, 2012

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Do you want your family to be healthy? Do you want to feel good? Do you want a sexy spouse?

Two weeks ago, I got to marry the love of my life. We dated for six years through high school and college before taking a 10-year break that ended when we realized we had wasted way too much time being apart. Amy and I are both so thankful for the way things turned out and that we are surrounded by an excellent group of friends, family and kids. We’re also grateful that we share a common love: fitness.

We use the approach that can be employed in many aspects of life: The family that exercises together, stays together.

Many people have reservations about working out with their significant other. Women don’t want to get bulky by lifting too many weights. Guys don’t want to get too small and look dorky by doing all that cardio and kicking their legs around in those goofy classes. But those are needless fears because at the end of the day, if you do anything, whether it’s lifting or cardio, you’re doing great. If you do it together, as a couple, you’re doing even better. Get your kids involved and it’s a home run.

Photo By CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune

Keep It Fun

A competitive relationship is good for some but not most. It definitely depends on the personalities with which you’re working. A lot of people deal with a constant competitiveness at work every day and don’t want to carry that same behavior home with them.

Set Shared Goals

If you set fitness goals with friends at work why not set them with your family? You’re at work 33 percent of the time and with your family the rest.

Walk 30 minutes, three times a week as a family, for one month. You will be amazed at what you learn about your kids, their friends and your spouse’s work experiences.

Do 10 pushups, 10 sit-ups and 10 squats during commercial breaks on Mondays and Wednesdays. Be careful if you haven’t been doing anything up to this point. Start with two to five of each. You’ll be amazed at how sore you can get from a one-hour sitcom.

Have one outdoor game night per week. Set aside an hour for a couple different games: freeze tag, hide ‘n’ seek, a water gun or balloon fight. It will be so much fun, you’ll forget you’re exercising.


Don’t forget, you are your significant other’s biggest cheerleader. Don’t forget to offer up encouragement to him or her and the kids, too. Just reserve a bit of private time for the well-earned rewards.

Bert Kremer is co-owner of ProFormance Fitness, 2041-A River Road. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Louisville in exercise physiology with a double minor in health and wellness, and marketing.

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About the Author (Author Profile)

Bert Kremer
Bert Kremer
Personal Trainer
Co-Owner of ProFormance Fitness

I was born and raised in Louisville along with my four sisters. I graduated from St. X in 98’and University of Louisville in 02’. I have two amazing kids that are much sweeter to life than I ever was.
Although, I didn’t really know what all went into it, I dreamed of owning a gym and knew that I wanted to help people out. I consider myself very lucky to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that have existed in my life. I received a degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Marketing at UL, both of which were very helpful in getting me where I am today.
I have 10 years experience as a Personal Trainer. I have nationally accredited certifications through NSCA-CSCS and ACE. In 2003 I met Cary Cox and he already had the same visions that I did. We didn’t want people sitting around reading magazines on machines. Our past experience from the big box gyms helped us realize we wanted something different. We were looking for real results in a private atmosphere where intimidation doesn’t exist. ProFormance Fitness has grown from the original facility three times. The latest addition added another 5000 sq/ft to keep up with demand. We are fortunate to have amazing trainers and lots of energetic clients.
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