29 – Personal trainer at Germantown Athletic Club & his brand, A1 Universal Fitness
28 – Freelance photographer/videographer at Tahnesha D. Media Studio & full-time stay-at-home mom
HOW THEY MET:
Hasain and Tahnesha met in the military at their first duty station.
The Downeys have been together for six years, married for five, and have two little girls.
HOW THEY STAY FIT TOGETHER:
They are big strength training advocates who love hitting the weights together.
HOW THEY INSPIRE EACH OTHER TO STAY ACTIVE:
Tahnesha inspires Hasain by being his motivation to keep going. He does what he does for her, and keeping his energy and fitness levels up helps with that. Hasain also motivates Tahnesha by always knowing what to say to get or keep her going, even if she complains all the way through the workout! Plus, she jokes that she can’t allow him to be the only fit person in their marriage.
THEIR GREATEST STRENGTHS:
Hasain says that his wife’s biggest strength is the depths to which she will go to ensure her kids are taken care of. Tahnesha says that Hasain’s greatest strength is his discipline – when he has fully committed to something, he gets it done, obstacles and all.
PROUDEST FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT:
Hasain set a goal of being able to deadlift 500 lbs. and squat 405 lbs. and conquered it after training diligently. Tahnesha overcame the fallout that a birth and delivery complication had on her body. She suffered a uterine tear, colectomy, and complex hernia repair surgery in the span of one year and two months. She went from being unable to walk or hold her children to being the fittest she’s been in her life and credits God and her husband for helping her recover.
BEST WELLNESS ADVICE:
Hasain says that, when it comes to training or working out, make sure you put your body under enough pressure to where it has no other choice but to change.
Tahnesha is focusing on eating a healthier diet and building her cardiovascular strength, while Hasain is focusing on changing as many lives as possible through fitness in his career as a trainer.
By Lucy Modzelewski
Photo by Tindall Stephens