Couples are celebrating Valentine’s Day while competing in this year’s pageant.

TOLEDO, Ohio — This year Super Fitness Weight Challenge includes 13 pairs. Will the joint competition help make Valentine’s Day special this year?

Competitors Jeff and Tammy Mentel, who have been married for just over a year, met while doing a drumming class at Super Fitness.

Dennis and Debbie White have been married for eight years, and Dennis said it’s been a fun eight years.

“The cooking is probably the best part of this competition for us,” said Debbie White. “We spend more time talking and shopping for food than ever.”

Jim and Beth Thornton also said they enjoy cooking together.

“Meal preparation is very important,” Beth Thornton said. “You can’t stick to a bad diet.”

Jim Thornton added, “And it’s also important to support each other no matter what.”

In addition to working out together, Nick and Deborah Cisneros invite their children to join Super Fitness to get the whole family involved.

“I think it’s brought us closer because we go to the gym together and help each other with meals at home,” Deborah Cisneros said. “We really support each other. He really pushes me a lot more.”

Jim and Lisa Roe said they always look forward to the monthly challenge, treating it like a date night.

“Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you,'” Jim Roe said of the secret to a happy relationship. “I think that was the best advice we ever got”

Mark Hammond was the first to join the competition and then encouraged his wife Laura to join because he enjoyed it so much.

“I joined after the first year,” he said. – I can’t believe what you are forcing me to do! It’s so much fun.”

He said one of the reasons for sticking with the program is to make sure they have a long and happy life together.

“It pushed me to be healthy,” he said. “I always want her around.”

Superfit weight loss champion Darryl Blausey and his wife Kimberly are competing together again this year.

“It’s always good to find something new to do together. This supports our relationship,” he said.

His wife said the event was a great way to enjoy their outgoing, competitive sides together.

“We just think it’s a great way to really appreciate each other and get fit at the same time,” she said.

Laure Hammond said the secret to their successful marriage is communication.

“We talk about everything, the good and the bad,” she said. – And we always start the day with prayer. It’s really important.”

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