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EVERYBODY LOVES A GREAT LOVE STORY.
You know…the type that has you proclaiming “aww” out loud when you hear it. The ones that make you believe in fairy tales. And once in a while you come across a story that depicts the blissful beauty of an amazingly strong love.
When CrossFit Tuebor owner Andrew Charlesworth first laid eyes on his now wife Jen (Tulpa) exiting a training room at a local athletic club back in 2011, he just knew she was someone he needed to get to know. In typical fashion of the “he said, she said” storytelling, Andrew will tell you she fell madly in love with him right away. Jen will assert she put him in the friend zone for a probationary period. In any case, the connection was instantaneous and sparks flew. Their strong connection wasn’t just an adjective, but an on-point description of the two fitness trainers and would become a cornerstone to their future ahead.
Both Andrew and Jen are highly trained in the fitness arena known as CrossFit, and both travel the world teaching and training, possessing impressive resumes of certifications. Fitness was something they both had in common from the beginning, and they find it was definitely something that enhanced their relationship.
“Sometimes couples grow apart in their interests and that’s normal, but the gym and working out is something that gym couples can come back to and have in common,” Jen says.
Married in Las Vegas in 2015, Andrew and Jen welcomed their “baby” the same year. As they joined forces as man and wife, their labor of love, CrossFit Tuebor, was born. Located in Fenton, Tuebor is more than just a gym; it’s a lifestyle. To the Charlesworths it’s a joint venture sealed with a kiss. Owning the gym, they spend almost every day together and travel on the weekends teaching CrossFit seminars around the country and world, also together. While many couples crave that “me” time, this couple embraces the togetherness.
“I don’t really enjoy being alone. So it is actually a dream come true to have her with me every day. I would not change it for the world,” Andrew says.
Although Jen will say that working side by side daily forces them to work on effective communication, it can be difficult when they disagree on business. Jen mentions, “There are times when we’ve had a personal disagreement and immediately have to go into business mode at the gym and coach and be around our members. That can be hard.”
Still, those that are coached by the dynamic duo at the CrossFit location will say that team Charlesworth is one powerhouse couple. And their clients would know, being regarded as family to both Jen and Andrew. They both emphasize that the community of friends they have has only strengthened their relationship. It’s a community of true friends. When considering the expression “Couples who play together stay together,” the couple agrees that staying fit together may be the key to a happy relationship.
“I think a couple having the same views on health and fitness is as equal to anything else we can find on this planet to believe in,” Andrew says, with Jen adding, “I’m not exaggerating when I say our gym has saved marriages!”
So do this modern-day Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman have those moments when the other gets on their nerves? Could this weighted bliss have those times that aren’t so pure romance?
Andrew laughs. “She could not get her dirty clothes to not be on the ground if you paid her a million dollars.” Yet Jen is quick to note as much as she adores her partner in fitness, “The sound of him chewing…makes me very angry.” This proves only that not all relationships are sunshine and roses all the time.
If you wonder who wears the pants in the relationship, Jen will answer diplomatically, stating they each take turns depending on the situation at hand. Andrew, on the other hand, quips, “Jen does. But I like to think I wear the underwear.” Spoken like a true gentleman.
Marriage can always have its challenges. Most successful partnerships will say it takes work and communication. Navigating a successful business and a marriage for some can be double the challenge, but for Andrew and Jen Charlesworth, it’s a lifestyle they welcome with open arms and focused fitness. The success of CrossFit Tuebor is a passion both have poured their heart and soul into from the conception to their evolving vision for the future. It’s truly who they are. Business partners, best friends or Mr. and Mrs. Whatever the title, they share the journey of making others feel healthy and happy.
As summed up by Andrew, “Owning a gym and being in charge of almost 200 people’s fitness is a huge responsibility. We get to share the joy of making people happier. We both agree that no matter our financial situation, our love cup is unfilled without helping others.”
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