Updated May 1, Treadmill or couch? Shin splints or cankles? Such nagging questions can be especially pesky for women who have shacked up with their personal trainers, as Swedish Crown Princess Victoria did, marrying her former trainer Daniel Westling last month. The year-old princess, who has battled anorexia, endeared herself to her country by marrying the commoner but also filed a prenuptial agreement Monday.
Story continues below advertisement Time-crunched, body-obsessed celebrities have long frolicked with their personal trainers - some faring better than others. Madonna remains on good terms with her ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon, a trainer who fathered her daughter Lourdes.
The two have been photographed jogging together and Mr. Leon routinely gives her tips. She asks me what the latest workout is," he told British magazine Grazia this week. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore fame wasn't as blessed. I'm trying to get her to start dieting and start training. I've been living her life, so I'm trying to get her [to see mine]" Snooki dumped Mr. Masella the next month, reportedly when he tried to capitalize on her limelight. Regular folks say having a trainer as a partner can be uniquely motivating, but also occasionally tense: It's one thing to have a trainer blast your jiggling love handles, but quite another to have one as a lover.
Lorraine Hamilton, a Toronto esthetician, met her trainer husband Kenny Johnston 12 years ago at a nightclub in Scotland, where "most men had their six packs in the fridge, not on them," she remarked. Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement It was "love at first sight" and Ms. Hamilton routinely gushes about her husband's physique. Still, when the couple works out together on Saturdays, she has her moments. I'm on the couch saying, 'You can do them for the both of us,'" said Ms.
Johnston takes it in stride: Hamilton admits she has issues with her body image. After losing her mother a year ago, she was deeply distraught and fell off the workout wagon. She now feels out of shape ahead of their trip to Mexico. I place that on myself but he doesn't do it to me. He's got such a nice way about him. Thanks to her trainer husband's expertise on everything from power foods to avoiding injuries and intense, efficient workouts, Shannon Furey has gotten fitter with age.
Being married to my husband, I was influenced," said Ms. Molloy appears to show his wife little mercy during their sessions.
You could do more reps. You could run at a faster pace. Molloy trained his wife for her first 10k and ran it with her, reminding her to slow her pace and even out her stride. This year she did the Toronto Women's Half Marathon without stopping once.
Now I can go for hours," she said. Before their wedding last year, Mr. Molloy also helped tone Ms. Furey's arms - she wore a strapless dress. She was pleased with her wedding photos, but probably would have been less so "if I hadn't had him at my disposal in such an endless way.
Furey agrees a less confident woman might find the prospect of an in-house trainer daunting. If you were someone who struggled with that, it would be challenging because you're always reminded of that. Furey said, an intimate relationship with the trainer can boost self-image by making a woman more realistic about her regimen.
When you get back at it next week, you'll have more motivation and you'll probably work twice as hard. Hamilton's reminds her regularly, "You're fabulous.