Strip away all of the gym selfies and #swolemate hashtags, and you’ll find some “fit couples” who’ve been shot by Cupid’s arrow. This group has successfully blended their love of fitness and their love for one another. Let’s get to know four Miami Fit Couples.

PJ Venturino and Oriana Alvarez

PJ Venturino + Oriana Alvarez

  • Status: Dating – One Year
  • Follow: @fullbodyfit85 and @orianalvarez

How do you motivate each other in and out of the gym?

We motivate each other daily. We’re very driven individuals and take our jobs/careers seriously. We aim to be healthy people so we can enjoy life to the fullest. There’s things we both want to accomplish in our lives, and we understand that through hard work, this can be attainable.

Do you have any favorite places to train in Miami?

We love to train at Fitbox Method and Life (obviously). Also outdoors, whether it’s at a park, beach, field, etc. Variety is key, always got to change it up.

Apart from fitness, what else do you do as a couple for fun?

When we have the time, we love to relax at various pools around town- always looking for new ones to try out. We like to try new things – whether we go to a museum, restaurant, gym, beach, or travel. And we love dogs and Game of Thrones!

Anthony Mendez and Jenny Ho

Anthony Mendez + Jenny Ho

  • Status: Dating – Eight Months
  • Follow: @MendezFitness and @IAmJennyHoFit

How did you guys meet? Did fitness play a part?

We met 9 years ago one afternoon on a training session at LA Fitness. Fast forward to 2016, Jenny was looking for a personal trainer and found me again on Instagram. We started working together and one thing led to another. Luckily fitness played a major part.

How do you motivate each other in and out of the gym? 

We support each other on a daily basis. Jenny helps me stay organized and she’s also my muse. She is the love of my life, the one person I can call my soulmate and swolemate. Anthony has been my biggest motivator and inspiration. I am so grateful to have him as my loyal partner and best friend. He has such a positive influence on my life. Together we create great energy and ideas, especially to influence others to work harder for their goals.

How much work goes into your Instagram? Who is most likely the first to suggest a gym selfie/photo?

A LOT! Jenny loves recording some boomerang clips for our Instagram stories during our workout sessions.

Ivan Pipolo and Amanda Silvestre

Ivan Pipolo + Amanda Silvestre

  • Status: Married
  • Follow: @Ivan_Pipolo and @Amanda.ASilvestre

How did you guys meet? Did fitness play a part?

We met in Brazil in 2014, introduced by a common friend that told us that we were the most active people she knew (she didn’t know a lot of fit people), so she said we would be perfect for each other. I ended up moving out of Brazil, and spent a year in Miami by myself, until we reconnected via social media. Four months later, Ivan decided to move here with me. Six months later we got married in Las Vegas and opened F45 Training in Doral.

How do you motivate each other in and out of the gym?

Ivan is the most focused person I know, and my motivation is to become someone like him someday. He never skips a workout and is always sharp with his diet. I think my way to motivate him is to cook 6,000 calories for him everyday!

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Burger and Ice Cream.

Ron Gilbert and Jai Faith

Ron Gilbert + Jai Faith

  • Status: Married – Nine Years
  • Follow: @ronnodaysoff and @jai.faith

How did you guys meet? Did fitness play a part?

I was in Miami on business and met Ron in a nightclub and bonded over our interest in fitness and basketball. From there, we started dating and Ron moved to the Bronx where I lived until a little over three years ago, when we switched things up and moved back to Florida.

What is the most challenging thing about working out with your significant other?

We actually enjoy training together because we both have different styles of training. We’ll take turns with who plans the workout, and we don’t go easy on each other, but also pull from each other’s energy in the workout.

How much work goes into your Instagram? Who is most likely the first to suggest a gym selfie/photo?

We feel like Instagram is a way to share fitness tips, motivation and moments. Moments in the day where we are training our mind, body and soul, as well as just letting go, in an effort to encourage others to do the same. Moments with our clients or people that just inspire us. I usually have the trigger finger for a selfie before Ron does.

Apart from fitness, what else do you do as a couple for fun?

We love dinner out, movies and adventures, so weekend getaways are the best! Doing fun things with our little one to take him outside of his regular routine. We also love throwing a good BBQ (my dishes are Veggie Based). We both love serving at Potential Church. Ron serves with the Youth and I lead the Dance Ministry Team choreographing features for our church.