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Lunges & Love

I have an amazing relationship with the weights. They are always there when I need them, push me beyond my standard limits, make me a better individual and they don’t mind getting banged around a little. Unfortunately for some of us Muscle Bombshells™, sometimes a relationship may suffer as a result of the amazing relationship that we have with the weights.

This can especially be the case if your partner simply does not adhere to the health and fitness lifestyle that you have chosen for yourself. They may simply not understand the fact that you have to wake up at 5am on most days just to squeeze a workout or a morning step mill session in. And they think of you as being “obsessed” for turning down cheesecake for asparagus and dry chicken. After all, they love you. They already think of your body as perfect – or they should!, so how can you improve upon perfection? (We all know that we will always be trying to do this!) They may not quite understand the love of the sweat, the sacrifice and the utter satisfaction that can come after months of hard work for an ultimate

I have a little bit of luck in this department, as my partner happens to be a competitive bodybuilder. But even with this, it can still be hard in the depletion phase of contest prep not to have fights over absolutely nothing. It is also helpful to note that the prep for a man can be quite a differing emotional experience than one of a woman. So there still can be issues with integrating fitness into a committed relationship.

How do you balance that very demanding relationship you have with the weights with the one that you have with your partner? I have compiled a few tips that may help:

  • Find another hobby that you both enjoy (non fitness related) and indulge in that on a weekly basis. Something like cooking class, or jazz music, a new type of dance or learning to bartend.
  • Help your partner understand how fitness is so important to you on more than just a physical level. Communicate effectively!
  • Have a cheat night out and let them help you plan it.
  • Do not force fitness or your lifestyle on them. It must be a personal choice and they will not take to nagging.

The best thing to do is to make sure that you make time for that special person in your life in the same way you carve out time in your busy day for cardio or that ridiculous workout. We need love in our life to help support us in achieving our goals, so it is important to take care of those relationships as well as our bodies!

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