The family that plays together stays together – but what happens when you throw work in the mix?
Chris and Kara Mohr have worked and played – and stayed – with one another for several years, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“A lot of times people ask us, “˜How are you married and you work together?’ ” said Kara. “But we’ve tried to do a good job of balancing family time and work time.”
The owners of Mohr Results, a fitness and nutrition consulting business, recently took time out after conducting one of their regular boot camp sessions to share how they continue to stay in step with one another.
How did you meet?
“We met at a sports medicine conference in 2001 in Providence, RI,” Chris said. “I was in grad school at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kara was working at Brown University. We then had a long-distance relationship for one year and drove 90 minutes each weekend to visit one another, before we both moved to Pittsburgh.”
How did he propose?
Chris proposed at Red Mountain Spa in Utah. “It was our five-year anniversary of when we first met, and he told me we were going away – but didn’t tell me where. All he said was, “˜You’ll need hiking boots’ and told me the approximate temperature,” Kara recalled.
A few days into the trip, the couple had dinner and then went back to their room. “There were rose petals spread across the floor, the fireplace was on, our song was on and Chris got on one knee to ask me to marry him.”
How did you end up in Louisville?
“Kara took a job as a professor at the University of Louisville. I still had one year left in my Ph.D. program at the (University of Pittsburgh), so again we were back to the long-distance relationship.”
Chris finished up at Pitt, and since he had just started Mohr Results, a consulting business that he could operate from anywhere, he soon moved to Louisville to join Kara.
In 2006, she left U of L to help Chris run Mohr Results. “We doubled our staff overnight,” Chris said. “While there’s nothing tying us to Louisville, since we can consult from anywhere, we love the city, our friends and all the area has to offer. So, we’re still here.”
How do you make it work on a day-to-day basis?
“Professionally, Chris focuses on the nutrition, (I focus) on the behavior and weight loss. Together, we help our clients change old habits and get the most out of their lives. Personally, Chris is laid-back and I’m more high-energy,” Kara said. “We’re a great complement to each other because we provide the other with the necessary balance to our strengths.”
Kara and Chris have found the birth of their daughter, Ella, who is now 20 months, has helped them keep work and play in check, too.
“We make sure to completely turn work off when it’s “˜Ella time.’ As a couple, though, since we’re both in the same field, we have an advantage that a lot don’t,” Chris said.
“We can brainstorm with one another, work on many of the same projects and benefit from each others strengths and keep one another in check for family and business time,” Kara added. “We also have many different projects we’re working on, so it’s not that we’re focusing on all the same things day in and day out.”
Where do you like to go when you’re out “˜n’ about?
Chris and Kara both enjoy food and preparing their own, as well as exploring new restaurants. Among their favorites: Lilly’s, 732 Social, Proof and many of the Bardstown Road locales.
Fittingly, the couple prefers to frequent restaurants they can walk to from their Highlands home.
Do you work out together?
“When we can, yes,” Kara said. “But with Ella, that’s been more of a challenge. We usually just rotate. One person is with her while the other works out and vice versa.”
Is there anything you always do as a couple?
“We take Ella to the park every single night,” Chris said. “If it’s cold or rainy, we’ll find something else to do, but 95 percent of the time, we’re at the park running around with her.”
What advice would you offer to couples who desire to walk through life in tandem?
“Define work time and family time,” Kara said.
Added Chris: “There are times there will be some overlap or situations where one or both people may have to work later. However, having the separation is key so they don’t interfere with each other and those lines get blurred.”
June 30, 2007
Chris and Kara live in the Highlands with their daughter and two cats.
Daughter Ella (20 months), and cats Jack (15) and Chester (5).
Chris and Kara Mohr are co-owners of Mohr Results. Chris is a dietitian; Kara is a behavioral weight-loss expert. Both have doctorates in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Locally, they run Mohr Results Boot Camp for Women. Chris and Kara are regularly featured in national magazines, including Men’s Health, Shape, Fitness and Prevention, and they speak nationally and internationally on the topics of nutrition and weight management. Between the two of them, they’ve worked with celebrities LL Cool J, Denise Austin and Emeril Lagasse and have been featured on numerous TV shows across the country. Some of their other clients also include Under Armour, Gatorade, the Cincinnati Bengals, Nordic Naturals and the Discovery Health Channel.
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Category: In Tandem
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.