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Gracey and Conner met through mutual friends at a music festival nearly eight years ago. Sparks flew immediately, and they have been together ever since. They are excited to get married in August of this year!
Conner and Gracey have family in Tennessee spanning from Memphis to Chattanooga, and they also share a German Shepard named Stevie. They love spending time together, attending concerts, traveling, and sharing good food.
How They Stay Fit
Gracey and Conner grew up incredibly athletic, with Gracey playing soccer and basketball and Conner swimming competitively. Gracey and her friends started hot yoga classes in college, and she quickly fell in love with the challenge. Since moving to Memphis, Gracey has tried several hot yoga studios throughout town and found her home as a yogi at Hot Yoga Plus. Meanwhile, Conner plays basketball and golf and loves an evening run after work.
Fitness As A Couple
Throughout their relationship, Gracey and Conner have enjoyed traveling and always try to fit in hikes and active exploration during their trips throughout the Southeast and along the West Coast. When they are home in Memphis, they stay active by getting their steps in with Stevie throughout their neighborhood. They also take turns crushing records on their Peloton, which they got during the coronavirus pandemic and have loved using ever since.
How They Inspire Each Other To Prioritize Wellness
Gracey says when helping one another prioritize wellness, “Accountability is our best tool in that regard. There are days when neither of us feels like working out, but we push each other to do it anyway, and we always feel much better once we do. It’s motivating to see your partner make time to exercise, which pushes you to want to do the same.”
Conner says Gracey’s greatest strengths are her generosity and care for others. She is always looking out for her friends and loved ones. Gracey, meanwhile, recognizes Conner’s strengths as his strong work ethic and dedication to anything he sets his mind to.
Proudest Fitness Accomplishments
As a yogi, Gracey has recently been putting lots of work into her arm balance and inversion practice. She has enjoyed seeing the results, saying, “It is always so exciting to finally land something new!” In 2023, Conner had goals of running more frequently and started doing track workouts to decrease his mile time.
Best Wellness Advice
Gracey and Conner suggest switching things up and keeping your workouts fresh and exciting to avoid monotony and keep your workouts fun. It’s much easier to look forward to something new than repeat the same thing every day!
They also find that one way to make fitness fun is to invite friends and make it social. Gracey often attends yoga classes or long power walks with girlfriends, while Conner’s friends join him for basketball and golf.
Gracey plans to continue working on her handstands at yoga, whereas Conner is interested in trying out cycling and eventually working towards a triathlon. Both Gracey and Conner aim to increase their weight training and strength workouts in 2024 and are looking forward to cheering each other on through it all.
By Zoe Harrison
Photo by Tindall Stephens