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A look at Austin couples who show that passion plus fitness equals love

A look at Austin couples who show that passion plus fitness equals love

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Editor's note: The February issue of Austin Fit Magazine celebrates passion. In this piece exclusive to CultureMap, Austin Fit Magazine gives us a sneak peek into some of the passionate profiles you'll find in the latest issue.

Austin is full of people who are passionate about fitness. And February, what with its day devoted to lovers, is a month that celebrates passion. In the current issue, Austin Fit Magazine has chosen to explore and celebrate folks who manage to combine passion with fitness… and even with business. Here's a look at what you'll discover in the February issue.

Life, Love and Sport: Paul and Meredith Terranova

Paul and Meredith Terranova exemplify the couple that rolls their personal, romantic relationship into their fitness pursuits. It’s hard to imagine one’s accomplishments without the other’s assistance.

Many in Austin have been exposed to the Terranovas through their varied roles in the running, swimming and triathlon communities. They’ve been pace group leaders for the Austin Marathon for quite a few years and through several sponsor changes (the 2013 pacers, including Paul and Meredith, will be at the LiveStrong Austin Marathon Expo at the Palmer Events Center on February 15).

Meredith, who has a nutritional counseling business, has appeared in AFM’s “Best of” list every year for three years running (2010, 2011 and 2012) in the “Best Dietician/Nutritionist” category. What’s recently placed Paul in the spotlight is his completion of what he dubbed “the Grand Kona Slam,” a combination of completing the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and then topping off the four 100-mile trail race series with the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

He talked with AFM about what it was like to take on a 100-miler each month for four months in a row, having Meredith act as crew and pacer, and managing to find time as a couple around training and work.

Fitness Power Couples

The Terranovas aren’t the only couple in Austin that combines workouts and fitness, and AFM took the opportunity to highlight several that go one step further — they’ve merged their athletic pursuits and romantic life with a fitness-oriented business or line of work.

Meet Ruth England and Steve Sisson (Rogue), Carey Rouse and Danielle Famolare (Group4Fitness), and Sarah Lowenstein (Lifetime Fitness) and Veronica Castelo (CultureMap): couples who wed their love of fitness into an all-encompassing lifestyle. 

Among those couples are also John and Stacy Conley, owners Conley Sports; AFM also learned more about John individually, his working partnership with Race Works’ David Grice, and the two men’s unique role in Austin’s road racing scene. 

Moving Together

Also in this month's AFM, you’ll find the story behind our models (Ali Putnam and Jesse Martin) for this month’s “Muscle Movement” installment. This installment illustrates how utilizing a partner in the gym can double your workout pleasure and fitness payoff.

The Art of Men's Shaving

With all the love in February’s air, it’s important to look good on date nights. What man doesn’t want to put his best face forward when he goes out on the town? AFM sought out expert barber advise from Debbie Vidotto of The Good Life Barber Shop for tips on what to expect when sitting down for a hot shave. Charles Roberts, “the most famous man in Austin you’ve never heard of,” discussed the art of shaving and how he can help with heightening this very sensuous experience.


The February issue of Austin Fit Magazine is on stands now.