Our Favorite CrossFit Love Stories
Yes, CrossFit is the premiere functional fitness methodology, a serious and stoic endeavor.
However, gym crushes and dating endorphins can make difficult WODs a little less painful, and the elites are no different. You’ve seen them on Instagram, watched their relationships develop, and hoped for a bond like theirs. Here’s a roundup of some of the most iconic couples in the CrossFit world to fuel your Valentine’s Day.
Annie Thorisdottir and Frederik Aegideus
With 17 Games appearances, 2 Fittest on Earth titles, and one adorable baby between them, Annie Thorisdottir and Frederik Aegideus are the OG CrossFit couple. The pair got together in 2012, the year of Thorisdottir’s second Games championship. They call Iceland home, where they frequent CrossFit Reykjavik. Since the birth of their daughter, Freyja, Thorisdottir has been candid about her struggles with postpartum depression and body image.
Mia and Dylan Kade
Newlyweds and seasoned Games veterans Mia and Dylan Kade have a love story for the history books–meeting at 15 and 16-years-old, competing at the CrossFit Games together in the teenage division, life-changing illness, and marriage all before their mid-twenties. The couple, who met while training for the Games, recently celebrated six months of marriage.
You can read more about the Kades’ story here.
Jessi and Chandler Smith
Spunky and full of positive energy, this couple always brings style and fun to the competition floor. The pair became Instagram-official in 2020 and got married in 2022. In addition, they’ve made the move to Boston and CrossFit New England to join the CompTrain crew together. From support on the competition floor to playing tug-o-war with a group of kids, Jessi and Chandler will always be #couplegoals.
Alex Parker and Meredith Root
An impressive pair of professionals-turned-athletes-turned-adventurers, Alex Parker and Meredith Root have done it all. The couple got married in 2022 and Alex added the Boston Marathon onto their ever-growing list of athletics feats, and they own and run Tactic Nutrition. From competing at the CrossFit Games to a Morning Chalk Up column and from a safari in Tanzania to LGBTQ advocacy, there’s nothing these ladies can’t do.
Alec Smith and Riley Hedstrom
Gymnastics-extraordinaire, CrossFit Games athlete, and everyone’s favorite Smith brother (just kidding, OR AM I?) Alec Smith recently proposed to his longtime boyfriend Riley Hedstrom. Plus, the pair partnered with American Eagle for a holiday campaign, so they’re now officially models.
Justin Medeiros and Ellie Turner
Star-crossed lovers from across the world, these two new-age CrossFit powerhouses are a recent addition to the #couplegoals list. Turner, who trains under the eye of Adam Neiffer with Medeiros, has gone back and forth from CrossFit Fort Vancouver in Washington to her home in Australia. These hilarious lovebugs are inseparable, even to the point of sharing a hammock at Wodapalooza!