Tracy is 45 and Amanda is 33.
Both are personal trainers and group fitness instructors.
Between 2001 and 2003, Tracy Evans went from 425 pounds down to 260. After his dramatic change and with encouragement from his trainer, Tracy become certified to train other people. In a leap of faith, Tracy quit his job and moved to Memphis, starting out with just one client. Over time, he’s grown his client base and teaches fitness classes across Memphis.
In 2006, former athlete Amanda Evans had her second child and weighed 210 pounds. In an effort to be healthier, she started attending workout classes—one of which was Tracy’s.
“Tracy was my instructor, and now he’s my husband,” Amanda jokes. While fully committed to exercise, her diet was off and results were slow. Tracy helped her make better food choices, and in a year she lost 85 pounds. With his encouragement, Amanda also became a certified trainer and Zumba instructor.
“We are better trainers because we can learn from each other and help our clients be the best versions of themselves,”
Fitness now plays a big role in their relationship. They’re at the gym by 4 a.m. to get in a workout before client sessions begin. They alternate 1-2 hours of cardio and weight training three days a week with pure cardio the other days. Tracy teaches a body sculpting class at 5am on Thursday and nine body sculpting class Monday through Friday.
When asked how he manages to both train and teach, Tracy says, “I’m a 45-year-old kid! I love to play, and I look at working out as playing. Instead of asking my clients if they want to go workout, I say ‘Let’s go play!’”
Both Tracy and Amanda compete in at least one fitness competition each year, which requires extra training and a strict diet. During that time, Tracy claims he can’t eat Amanda’s cooking because it just tastes too good, and he’ll overeat.
The couple is together in the gym for five hours, three days per week. While they don’t always workout together, they enjoy being around each other and will spot the other when necessary. The couple also likes to bounce ideas off each other on training clients. “We are better trainers because we can learn from each other and help our clients be the best versions of themselves,” says Amanda.
Interview by Christin Yates. Photo by Tindall Farmer.