Healthy heart X Two

5 Reasons Why Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

Many research studies have shown the clear benefits associated with working out with your partner.

Psychology Today Canada lists the 5 top reasons why a Healthy Heart X Two is key!

Increase your happiness with your relationship. 

Improve the efficiency of your workouts.

Make your partner fall in love with you.

Help you achieve your fitness goals.

Increase your emotional bond.

SHRED905 and Healthy Heart X 2

At Shred905 our small and intimate class sizes promote all the above. Not only does your exercise partner help boost motivation and overall performance, but a sense of healthy competition can exist as well! After all where else can you give constant feedback?! Our ‘boutique style feel’ and close proximity to your partner during training allow partners to truly connect during their workouts – focusing on motivating and pushing one another, providing that necessary feedback during performance and also creating that bit of friendly competition – not to mention sneaking a peek in while your partner is all sweaty and breathless! 

This months SHRED member profile focuses on Fit Couple Ariana and David. They have both been members at SHRED for over a year. Their fitness goals range from weight loss to strengthening to overall healthiness. They have been so committed to reaching their ‘Fit’ goals together and they have proven that the power of two on the gym floor is definitely fierce!

We asked Ariana and David a few questions about their journey as a Fit Couple:

1.    Why have you chosen to embark on a fitness journey together as a couple verses individually?

We have always worked out together because we help motivate each other. It’s a lot easier to push yourself to go to a class when you have your best friend joining you. It’s also a way for us to spend time together since our work schedules are so busy during the week. 

2.    How has working out together allowed you to get closer to your fitness goals?

We are able to hold each other accountable and push each other to our own personal limits. 

3.    What is the biggest motivating factor for you to work out together as a couple?

A- Seeing the progress that we have made since joining Shred keeps us coming back for more.

D- Also, seeing my wife dripping sweat is always a pleasure! 😉

4.    What is the hardest part of working out together?

We genuinely enjoy working out together, but if we had to answer, the hardest thing about working out together is getting through all of the extra loads of dirty laundry after attending 3+ Shred classes a week. 

5.    What do you love most about working out together?

A- Working out with David had introduced me to different kinds of physical activities/ classes that I may not necessarily have tried on my own. Since we have always been on this journey together, it kind of turns each class into a friendly competition. 

D- It’s great working out with Ariana because it feels like I have my own personal cheerleader in each class. She’s great at pushing me to work harder, especially in our partner workouts. 

6.    How has SHRED905 helped facilitate reaching Fitness Couple Goals?

Shred905’s intimate class sizes and knowledgeable instructors have helped us reach our fitness goals over the past year. We’ve been able to improve our techniques and increase our endurance. We’ve noticed such a difference from the first day we stepped into Shred905 and this is what keeps us coming back. 

7.    What is your best piece of advice to a couple considering a fitness journey together?

Sit with your partner and establish your goals before starting on your fitness journey. It feels great to have someone in your corner who is encouraging you to be the best you can be. Also remember life has obstacles to block you from reaching your goals, so you need to be there for your partner to push them and get them back on track

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Hometown. Newmarket

Why Spin/group training/boxing/yoga. Because movement is medicine.

Most passionate about. Life.  Every day is a gift.

3 words to describe you. Inspired.  Blooming.  Curious.

Motto. Everything in moderation, even moderation.

How do you recharge. Dry brush, oil self massage and a cold shower.

If you could meet anyone dead or alive. My partner’s father.

Guilty pleasure.  I never feel guilty about pleasure.

Biggest challenge overcome. Feeling disempowered.

Biggest accomplishment. My life.

Ideal Sunday. Feeling relaxed and recharged.

3 words to describe class/practice. Uplifting.  Empowering.  Reinvigorating.




Born in Mainland China, came to Toronto at the age of 15 

Why strength training? 

As the cliché goes, “You can’t go wrong with getting strong”. Strength training not only renders one physically strong, but also fortifies the mind. Being strong grants you the capacity to minimize physical injuries and enjoy life in general.   

Most passionate about? 

Being physically active 

Spending time with family 

Having innovative and genuine conversations with like-minded people 

3 words to describe you.

Pragmatic, genuine, sympathetic 


What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger  

How do you recharge?

Listening to Lofi Music 

If you could meet anyone dead or alive?

Bruce Lee 

Guilty pleasure?

Tim Hortons Farmer’s Wrap 

Biggest challenge overcome?

Successfully immersed into the new society, where its values and beliefs are drastically different than the place where I was originally born and raised. 

Biggest accomplishment?

Getting admitted to Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College  

Ideal Sunday?

Taking my time to cook and eat an elegant breakfast and going to the gym soon after without worrying about school and work 




Why Spin/group training/boxing/yoga 

Most passionate about: 

3 words to describe you


How do you recharge

If you could meet anyone dead or alive

Guilty pleasure

Biggest challenge overcome 

Biggest accomplishment

Ideal Sunday

Section 2 – 3words to describe class/practice



Toronto, Ontario.

Why Boxing?
Muay Thai for 15 years because I love it.  I started because I had an itch for martial arts. Once I tried Muay Thai I never looked back. 

What are you most passionate about?
Helping others achieve their goals.

Biggest Accomplishment?
Helping a very close friend beat cancer.

3 Words to Describe you?
Passionate. Fun. Calm

How do you recharge?
Eating! I love to eat.

If you could meet someone dead or alive?
Former king of Ethiopia, Emperor Haile Selassie.

Guilty pleasure?
Probably cheesecake. Definitely.

Biggest Challenge you’ve overcome?
Standing up for myself when others tried to keep me down.

CLASS STYLE- 3 words
Technical. Strong. Authentic.




I was born in Barcelos, Portugal but raised in Toronto.

Why Spin/group training/boxing/yoga 

Martial arts has alwasy been a part of my lfie since I was young, and eventually teaching it became a part of me, I like helping people become something more than what they think they can be, as long as they want it!

Most passionate about

Martial Arts, Acting, Rockclimbing, Comedy, and all things Nerdy.

3 words to describe you:

Goofy, Chaotic, Loyal


“Always try things twice, cuz you might not like it the first time.” OR

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why they call it the present.” – Kung Fu Panda, Master Oogway

How do you recharge

Watch anime, movies, rock climb, game, or read.

If you could meet anyone dead or alive

Dwayne Johnson, Jake Gylynhaal, Or Denzel Washington

Guilty pleasure

Milkshakes, Cheesecake

Biggest challenge overcome

Figuring out who Ivo is.

Biggest accomplishment 

Tough to say, maybe graduating film school, getting my 4th degree black belt.

Ideal Sunday

Movies, food, sun, and gaming

Section 2 – 3words to describe class/practice

MMA, KickBoxing, Calisthenics



Born in Toronto and moved to the ‘Bridge’….(Woodbridge).

Why Group Fitness?
I love the mental escape. The loud, amazing beats. It’s a total escape.

What are you most passionate about?
Family. Physical and mental health. Striving for better, never settling.

Biggest Accomplishment?
Overcoming my fear to push myself and learning how to deal with failure.

Ideal Sunday.
Not worrying about what Monday will bring.

3 words to describe you.
Loyal. Perfectionist. Passionate.

Find a strategy to deal with life and all it throws at you. 

How do you Recharge?
Exercise and more exercise.

Meet someone alive or dead.
Jesus Christ.

Guilty pleasure?
Tough. It’s a tie between pizza and potatoes.

Biggest challenge?
Learning to deal with things I have no control over.

3 words describing your class:
Intense. Attack. Empowering.


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