“I’d Like To Introduce Myself for Athlete on Fire”
by: Chris Kretzer of CouplesFit
5 minute read
As an athlete, you are focused, disciplined and determined to win. For everyone those goals are different, and the journey there is always a CHALLENGE. The choices made determine your success or failure, and one of those choices which is often forgotten: who will help you get there. The athletic journey should never be taken alone. There are others there too who can help, most importantly your spouse or significant other. The support you give them and the encouragement they give you means a relationship built on trust.
In a healthy relationship, couples support each other and push each other to constantly better themselves. As an athlete, this relationship is more important than your teammates, coaches and colleagues. The consistent, mutual support for one another is a recipe for success. If there is happiness in the home, there is happiness in your sport.
My name is Chris Kretzer and I am the creator of CouplesFit.com, a website dedicated towards helping couples reach their health and fitness goals together. My wife, Kristi, and I talk about how we are bringing out the athlete in each other through our efforts in weight loss and improved health.
A little background about me. I was born in Texas, but grew in Virginia. I started martial arts at the age of 5, because I wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Really. No joke. Ask my Dad.
After realizing my ambition was impossible, I took my training serious for myself and improving my skills. The style I took was Kyokushin Karate, an old fashioned karate with hardcore disciple. I did this until I was 12 years old, and moved on to American Tae Kwon do, until I was 18. I also played little league football for about 4 years, and I wrestled 2 years varsity in high school. In college, I weight lifted and studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I mention this brief history of my life to show my dedication towards fitness, and improving your health. After getting married, I was too busy for martial arts or weight lifting. I worked 14-15 hour days and my health became a secondary priority. I gained over 50 pounds in the course of 2 years, and became discouraged at the transformation. My relationship with my wife, Kristi, suffered, because my bad health habits transferred to her. We both gained weight and wanted a change.
We both wanted to lose weight, but were going to gym separately, and had separate diets. We never talked about health or exercise unless it was an argument. So, we decided to team up, work out together and really focus our health. That is when CouplesFit was born. We saw great success, so we wanted to share our journey and the things we are learning along the way.
There is an ATHLETE in everyone one of us. Sometimes it’s more apparent with our daily activities and hobbies, but for others, it’s buried underneath. Sometimes it takes a little encouragement and compassion to coax out that inner athlete. This is true for Kristi and I. We wanted to see results, but were unsuccessful because of our ambition to only improve ourselves instead of each other.
I am excited to be teaming up with Scott and Athlete On Fire to share insights on how couples can bring out that athlete in each other. We have a weekly podcast discussing various health topics and a blog with articles to help everyone improve their health. Whether its professional or recreational, being fit as a couple means a healthier and happier relationship.