Whoever coined the phrase “romance is dead” clearly never looked for it in a puddle of sweat on the floor of a CrossFit box. It turns out that underneath all the groaning and panting coming from your local CrossFit box, a surprisingly large amount or romancing has been going on, too. We found four couples who got together thanks to a mutual love of the demanding yet popular training regime, and we’ll be sharing their stories in the run up to Valentine’s Day 2017.
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Lisa Johnson, 26, junior consultant and Alex Winter, 22, assistant manager
Time together: 11 months
Lisa and Alex first got chatting at a CrossFit post-competition social and went on a date a week later. Plenty of romantic partners bond at CrossFit because it gives you common ground, you're never short of conversation, according to Alex. Lisa says "We use CrossFit as an escape and a stress reliever – our stress from the day’s work is taken out while dying in the WOD [workout of the day] instead of arguments."
Eden Ross, 22, nurse and Jordan Gilmour, 22, mechanical engineer
Time together: Almost two years
Eden and Jordan couldn't keep their eyes off each other at CrossFit and after Jordan sent Eden some cheeky messages, things escalated and they're now living together. Eden loves the way you can't fake it at CrossFit. "People see you for who you really are... a sweaty mess most of the time!"
Tim Hickford, 28, and Jess Bacon, 27, co-owners of Saxon CrossFit, Norfolk
Time together: Nine years
Tim and Jess both got hooked on CrossFit after they got together, and eventually set up their own CrossFit box together.
Tim says, “In regular gyms people wear headphones and do their own thing, which can make it quite an isolating experience. At CrossFit you socialise, you talk to one another, you cheer each other on and form relationships.”
Pedro Ramos, 35, graphic designer/CL1 CrossFit coach and Talia Galati, 26, key leader at Lululemon
Time together: Six months
Pedro and Talia got together after Talia realised she had a crush on her CrossFit trainer.
Pedro says, "Training together brings a kind of unity to the relationship, as we’re going through the same thing on every workout."
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