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More Love, Less Handles: The Secrets of 3 Super-fit Couples

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Chef Robert Irvine and Gail Kim

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As a celebrity chef and a former professional wrestler, respectively, Robert Irvine and Gail Kim are busy people. But they always take time to work out together whenever they can. In fact, they had just gotten back from the gym when they jumped on the phone to talk to us. While Irvine takes control in most facets of his life, he leaves the gym plan to Kim. “I’m in charge all the time and have nine companies,” he says. “I go to the gym, and I don’t want to be in charge.”

The sharing works out great for both of them “Before him, I never liked to workout with guys,” Kim says. “Robert is the first person I’ve enjoyed working out with. I find him motivating, not just in the gym but in life. That’s one of the reasons that I love him so much. I was already ambitious, but he gives me that extra push. You always need that in the gym.”

Tricep workout

Start with 45 minutes of cardio

Followed by:

  • Cable rope pushdowns (12 reps; 3 sets): Hold the cable with your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Smoothly push your hands toward the floor until your arms are straight. Smoothly return to the starting position.
  • Dumbbell overhead presses (12 reps; 3 sets): Hold a dumbbell in each hand, with your elbows bent and your hands by your shoulders. Press the dumbbells up until your arms are
  • Reverse grip extensions on cable (12 reps; 3 sets): Hold the cable with your arms straight down and your palms up. Bring your hands up towards your pecs. Pause, then smoothly return to the starting position.
  • Dips (12 reps; 3 sets): Put your palms on the edge of a bench with your legs straight out and your heels on the floor. Slowly lower your body until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle, then return to the starting position.

Massy Arias and Stefan Williams 

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Professional fitness coach Massy Arias and her fiancé, fitness model Stefan Williams, like to be as efficient and high tempo in the gym as possible to best capture the anaerobic and cardiovascular benefits. In order to achieve this goal, they’ll do alternating supersets together, with one person working out, while the other catches his or her breath. “While one of us is resting and coaching, the other is performing a sequence of three moves,” Arias says. “Stefan will keep me motivated and make sure I don’t cheat or get off my form. Then we switch. Accountability is a huge benefit when working with your partner.”

Partner Supersets

Four sets of:

  • Bicep curls (12 reps)
  • Burpees (12 reps)
  • Pushups (15 reps)

Rest, while your partner completes the set.

Jenn and Chris Mathis

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Jenn, the Gold’s Gym Midwest Regional Director of Fitness, and her husband, Chris Mathis, try to work out at least three times a week together. Sometimes that’s a full workout; other times it’s cardio and abs.

They like working out together because it sets a good example for their boys and provides motivation. “I know we have a workout time scheduled, so there’s no finding excuses to not be there,” Jenn says. “Even if I’m tired or busy or hungry, once I start our workout, I start to feel better. Not letting him down or standing him up helps make that happen.”

Jenn says it’s important to be aware of the difference in weights, like when they are both doing squats: “There is a significant amount of weight we need to drop from his sets to mine, and sometimes I want to push myself, but really shouldn’t increase my weight that much—same for the guys who try to impress us.”

Cardio Abs workout

Start with 20-30 mins of stairclimber or elliptical

Followed by 3 sets of:

  • TRX crunches (20 reps): With both legs in a TRX harness, put your hands and knees on the ground. Lift up your knees so your body is parallel to the ground, then bring your knees to your elbows before returning to the starting position.
  • Dynamax partner side tosses (10 each side): Stand side by side with your partner, a few feet away from each other, both facing the same direction. Throw a Dynamax medicine ball back and forth.
  • Planks (1min): Hold yourself up using your elbows and your toes. Hold that position for a minute.
  • Partner leg throws (20 reps): One person lies on the ground while the other stands by the first person’s shoulders. The person on the ground brings their legs to a 90-degree angle where the partner catches them and throws them back toward the floor.

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