Fitness Enthusiasts: Jenn Samm & James Dyer

Finding someone who lives the fitness lifestyle as intensely as you do is not easy.

Jenn is currently both a figure and physique pro, and actively competing throughout the year.

James is an active physique competitor.

Both being competitors, James and Jenn face the challenges of balancing routine daily life with the intense training required to do what they do. They get up early in the morning, get cardio in, and then go on to normal working lives for 8 hours. After that, it’s back to training.

Nights are spent preparing meals for the next day, weighing, measuring and packing. It’s a team effort.

“It’s not always easy.  We have different training routines, different dietary requirements, and sometimes different approaches as to how we are going to get to where we need to be.  Over the past year however, we have learned how to learn from each other, grow together,  and know that ultimately, we have the same goals. We support each 100%.

The hardest part of what we do is during contest prep.  The change of diet can impact you both physically and emotionally.   Patience dwindles, tempers may flare, and you are constantly on an emotional roller coaster.   We try and recognize this, and understand that is the diet and the exhaustion of extra trainings, which may be up to three times a day.    What makes it even more difficult,  is when we are both in this phase at the same time.   It’s definitely NOT all roses and lollipops.    If we were both not 100% familiar with this due to our own experiences, I think the relationship…and any relationship, would suffer dramatically.   We make sure to back each other up, lift each other up,  and truly empathize with what the other might be going through.   It works for us.

It’s also important that when one of us has “hit the wall”, the other picks up the slack.  Whether it’s cooking the meals, doing the shopping, or anything else.

We actively use social media to encourage others, and show our progress.   To show that we can work hard and have fun doing it.  You can always find us in the gym laughing, hanging from ropes, and having fun between sets.   That said, when it comes down to it….we work….and we work hard.

We try and incorporate our personal lives outside of the gym as well.  We go to movies, play ping pong and basketball together, and walks to get coffee.    We strive to be that “Power Couple”.   That said, we have our triumphs, failures and disagreements.  At the end of the day, however, we make sure to focus on what’s important to both of us as a couple and as a team.

We are extremely lucky to be able to do what we do, and share our experiences together.   It is our ultimate goal to have our own training spot where we can help others achieve their fitness goals as well.  While we both coach others for competition, and we hope that someday, it is our life.”

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