Lisa Abbay 

47 / Registered Dietitian and President of the TN Academy of Nutrition Dietetics 

Will Abbay 

47 / Chief Operating Officer of the Armstrong Company 

Their Story 

Will and Lisa met in their first week of college and have been together ever since! Now, they love date nights together, especially going out to a nice dinner. 

Family Matters 

Will and Lisa have been together for 30 years and are excited to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this summer. They have two daughters, ages 21 and 19. 

Fitness As A Couple 

Now, the Abbays are staples in the Basecamp fitness community. They have been part of the 5:30 a.m. class crew for over a year, w ith no plans to slow down. 

How They Stay Fit 

Will was initially a runner. Lisa found a dedication to a more active lifestyle in 2020. In 2021, Lisa joined Basecamp Fitness and immediately fell in love with the workouts, which combine weightlifting intervals with assault bike cardio intervals. After six months of Lisa expressing her love for Basecamp classes, she finally inspired Will to join. 

How They Inspire Each Other To Prioritize Wellness 

Lisa says that Will is a great motivator, and his positive attitude helps her remain dedicated to her goals. Will says that Lisa’s profession as a registered dietician helps him to understand his body type and nutrition and helps him stay on track with a balanced diet. 

Greatest Strengths 

They both find each other a great encouragement by helping them stay motivated to reach their goals, even if it is just waking up for their morning workout. 

Proudest Fitness Accomplishments 

Lisa notes her greatest accomplishment was finding motivation and an active lifestyle in 2020 and sticking with it. Will is most proud of Lisa for achieving her goal of 500 Basecamp classes, a milestone she reached at the end of 2023. Will and Lisa feel pride in their progress in strength and stamina from Basecamp and are excited to continue improving. 

Best Wellness Advice 

The couple agree that much of their success comes from setting regular goals for the day and week and bigger goals for the entire year. They have found that waking up early to complete workouts has been instrumental in their success and recommend the approach to others who feel they cannot find time to fit in a workout. In terms of nutrition, they find that portion control and moderation for food and alcohol consumption are key. Above all, they advise getting out and moving however feels best to you. 

Fitness Goals 

Lisa is looking forward to increasing her muscle mass in 2024 and hitting 5 miles consistently on the assault bike at Basecamp. Will is focusing on his nutrition and body composition in 2024 and hopes to increase his high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL or “good” cholesterol) and decrease his body fat by 2%. 

By Zoe Harrison 

Photo by Tindall Stephens