COMPETITION COUPLES: PLAY TOGETHER. STAY TOGETHER.

COMPETITION COUPLES: PLAY TOGETHER. STAY TOGETHER.

FEATURING JOHANNA PACO, RICHARD PUOU, MARY ONYANGO, ANGEL AULET AND KATE & JOE WEILAND

MICHAEL BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY

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KATE: AGE 39 & JOE: AGE 39

  • RELATIONSHIP STATUS: MARRIED
  • MET: GRADE SCHOOL
  • # OF COMPETITIONS TOGETHER: THREE
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“It means a lot that we can show a united front in our household with our girls on what a healthy, active lifestyle looks like.” – KATE

DO YOU WORK OUT TOGETHER?

KATE: As often as we can. Sometimes schedules conflict.

WHAT DOES HAVING A PARTNER WHO ALSO COMPETES MEAN TO YOU?

JOE: I enjoy competing with my wife. She is a mother of two and in the best shape of her life. Any woman who can live an everyday lifestyle and still take time for themselves is amazing.

KATE: It means a lot that we can show a united front in our household with our girls on what a healthy active, lifestyle looks like.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER “COMPETITION COUPLES”?

JOE: My advice to anyone competing as a couple is, enjoy the ride. It seems long and difficult but, once it’s here, it goes by in a flash. Support one another and rock that stage!

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KATE: Do it together. It makes the entire prep progress easier when you are both eating and working out with the same goal in mind. If you have kids, it shows them how to be healthy.

RICHARD PUOU: AGE 59 & JOHANNA PACO: AGE 52

  • RELATIONSHIP STATUS: MARRIED
  • MET: PLAYING TENNIS
  • # OF COMPETITIONS TOGETHER: THREE
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“It’s great to have someone who is competing with you. We are of the same mindset and working towards a similar goal, so meal prepping is easier.” – JOHANNA

DO YOU WORK OUT TOGETHER?

RICHARD: We don’t workout together as our work schedules conflict.

JOHANNA: Rarely. We’re very independent creatures, but working towards doing that more.
WHAT DOES HAVING A PARTNER WHO ALSO COMPETES MEAN TO YOU?

RICHARD: It’s great having a partner, because it’s easier to stay focused on your workouts and meal plan.

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JOHANNA: It’s great to have someone who is competing with you. We are of the same mindset and working towards a similar goal, so meal prepping is easier. No temptations at home of junk food, and we support one another. I just get jealous with his meal plan, because he gets to eat some foods that I can’t! Otherwise, it’s great! We are competitive with one another so, yes, I’m jealous of his booty and his definition. One day I’ll look just like him, but sexier and prettier.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER “COMPETITION COUPLES”?

RICHARD: For other couples, I would say, inspire one another! Help with the cooking and preparation. Visualize yourself on stage lifting the trophy, because “what you can see in your mind, you can hold in your hand.” -Bob Proctor. Read motivational books and watch YouTube videos on posing and competition. That inspires me!

JOHANNA: My advice to other couples is keep each other accountable to sticking to their regimen, their meal plan and workouts. Encourage one another and help them in their weak areas.

When one hits the wall, be the strong partner and encourage them, inspire them and let them know that you are there for them, all the way. Don’t be hard on them, since preparation is hard enough on its own. And enjoy the journey!

ANGEL: AGE 42 & MARY: AGE 34

  • RELATIONSHIP STATUS: MARRIED
  • MET: FITNESS CONVENTION
  • # OF COMPETITIONS TOGETHER: ONE
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“…have sex. Lots of it. Even if you are tired!” -MARY

DO YOU WORK OUT TOGETHER?

MARY:  Sometimes. We spend more time discussing our training programs and meal plans. But really, Angel likes to dance and sing when he works out. I just want to put on my head phones and zone out. So, you can only imagine what our workouts are like. But, his dancing is very cute. I’d be entertained by him if I was a bystander! [laughs]

ANGEL: We used to workout together, all the time. Recently our schedules don’t coincide, so we motivate each other on the road or at home with tips, positive reinforcement and honesty about what we see in each other’s physique and nutrition.

WHAT DOES HAVING A PARTNER WHO ALSO COMPETES MEAN TO YOU?

MARY: For me, it’s important. My entire life revolves around fitness. Having someone with the same path and career helps US stay accountable. We can relate much better to each others issues. I’m watching my diet for a photoshoot or a competition. He gets it. I am physically exhausted from work and training. He gets it. I read an interesting article on movement science. We discuss. I DON’T want to talk about exercise and fitness. Great! We can be normal, too.

ANGEL: Although Mary and I have both been physically active and have done Fitness Modeling together in the past, having a partner also competes with you is a whole other level, period. It is very exciting and super motivating. It brings us closer together, because we’re achieving the same goal together. We’re rooting for each other and fighting for one another to do their best.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER “COMPETITION COUPLES”?

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MARY: Be supportive of each other on and off stage. Neither of you are working harder than the other, whether one works 40hrs a week in the office and the other stays home with the kids. You both have the same goal. So, work together. Be respectful of each others choices and decisions when it comes to exercise and nutrition. Be honest with each other and don’t be afraid to let your partner know, gently, when they are off their game. But also cheer and encourage your partner when they are on their game.

Don’t forget to make time to do fun activities with each other. Being on a diet and training for a show doesn’t mean you have to be boring! And finally, have sex. Lots of it. Even if you are tired!

ANGEL: The best advice and encouragement that I can give to other competing couples is, be patient with one another. Instead of dissecting and judging each other’s physique, be less critical and offer more positive reinforcement. Lastly, although you may be very tired because you’re depleting during your dieting, be happy together and HAVE GREAT SEX! GAINZ 


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