Couples who train together, get stronger together!
LifeAsRx released a 15 minute ‘Around the Clock’ episode titled “Team Lucero: Fittest Couple on Earth” on their Facebook Page. In the video, we get a glimpse into the lives of weightlifter Jessica Lucero and her CrossFitter husband, Christian Lucero.
The Year of the Luceros
Jessica competed at the Olympic Trials on May 8th, and Christian just competed in the Southern California CrossFit Regional this past weekend. Both walked away with huge successes.
Jessica set a new National record of 93kg (204.6lbs) in the snatch for the 58 kg class surpassing the previous record of 92 kg which was set by her earlier in the year. Likewise, she set a new National record clean and jerk for the 58 kg class lifting 115kg (253lbs). And finally, her total of 208kg (457.6) lbs is the new National record total for her weight class.
Christian Lucero finished in fourth place at the Southern California CrossFit Regional, qualifying for The CrossFit Games for the first time in his athletic career. In 2015, he placed 23rd in the same region, and in 2014, a stomach bug forced him to withdraw from the South West Regional mid-weekend. No doubt, he’s excited to be headed to Carson this year.
Supporting One Another
“We always do better when the other one’s there,” Jessica explains in the LifeAsRx video.
At her competitions, Christian stays with Jessica in the athlete area. While Aimee Everett of Catalyst Athletics coaches Jessica, Christian will help load the bar for her warm ups and if she needs, give his encouragement.
When it comes time to support him, Jessica takes a different approach. She states, “Christian doesn’t want me to say anything or do anything. He just needs me there while he’s doing it. He just needs to know that I’m there.” Reading one another and understanding what the other needs during competition is what makes this couple successful as both a married couple and as athletes.
“We’re just stronger together,” Jessica says.
The Psychology of Training as a Couple
According to Psychology Today, couples who sweat together, stay together. The article explains that not only can working out with your partner enhance the quality of your training, it can also increase your satisfaction with your relationship as a whole. Couples who train together tend to feel more bonded with one another than those who don’t.
Those who train together also maintain an attraction for one another. “Exercise induces the symptoms of physiological arousal—sweaty hands, a racing pulse, shortness of breath. These symptoms mirror, in many ways, the thrill of romantic attraction,” Theresa E DiDonato, PH.D. writes. That explains why so many couples fall in love at the gym, and why those who train together stay in love.
Achieving Goals Together
While Jessica and Christian are clearly both talented athletes in their own right, being in a relationship with one who shares similar goals is likely a huge element of their individual successes. Training at that level, with all of the sacrifices demanded of elite athletes, requires having friends and family who are understanding of your aspirations and who help you achieve those goals.
If you are in a relationship, it’s important to ensure that your partner is on the same page as you regarding health and fitness. It’s difficult to stick to a nutrition plan when your significant other is enjoying a decadent bowl of ice cream next to you. Likewise, if your partner is skipping workouts, you’ll likely miss sessions too.
Instead, consider approaching health and fitness as a team for lasting success.
Motivate One Another
If you are in a relationship with another weightlifter or CrossFitter, you’ll find that it’s easy to feed off of one another’s passion for sport. When I wanted to begin flexible dieting, my husband, who prefers the Paleo diet, supported my goals by reducing fat when he cooked and helping to weigh my food at meal time. Our approach to health is different, but both being athletes, we encourage one another just the same.
It’s when your significant other isn’t an athlete that this becomes difficult. The lifestyle of a weightlifter or CrossFitter is extreme to say the least. To a person who doesn’t lift, we can seem obsessed with training and eating, and it’s often difficult to get our partners on board.
Instead, consider encouraging your partner to get fit in their own way. If they enjoy yoga, attend a yoga class with them, even if you don’t normally prefer to workout this way. Or, plan a hiking date and pack some nutritious foods to enjoy at the end of your journey. Even asking your partner to take a walk after dinner is a great start towards a healthier lifestyle for a person who doesn’t enjoy physical fitness. Sometimes, meeting someone where they are at, rather than expecting them to conform to our ways, is the catalyst needed to inspire change.
Even more, step back and access the situation. If your partner is interested in say art or theater, but you constantly bombard them with lifting and your interests, it’s only natural for them to feel resentful of your goals. They’ll be more likely to try a CrossFit class with you after you were thoughtful enough to buy tickets to the new play they wanted see. Be considerate of your partner and their interests, especially if you are asking them to be supportive of your goals.
And for those who are not in a romantic relationship presently, find a close friend who can become a training partner. You’ll find that your friendship becomes stronger when you both collaborate to become healthy and fit together. When we work together as a team, we achieve more and understanding this mentality is definitely one reason why Christian and Jessica Lucero have seen so much success this year.