Ever meet someone you just KNEW should be on the cover of a romance novel? Well, a friend of XOXO thinks her personal trainer, Paul, is just that kind of someone…and he’s inspired her to imagine some romances perfect for any red-blooded fitness freak! Read on for some tongue-in-cheek suggestions…and some pretty great photos!

Barred to You — He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in any of the barre classes I’d taken.

A Knight in Shining Under Armour — Once upon a time . . . as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold gym floor, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in woven wickaway fabrics, her knight in shining Under Armour had come to rescue his damsel in distress.

Morning Workout Glory — On the eve of World War II, two people are brought together by fate and discover an unexpected passion for fitness.

Eleanor & Parkour — Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try the latest vaults and wall climbs.

Warrior Pose’s Woman — a fearless intergalactic traveler hoping to save her endangered home world seeks a champion on a planet of strapping yogis.PAULflag1

Kettlebell Canto — a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of double arm swings and front squats.

A 5K to Remember — Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he’d been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister….Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of training for a 5k.

Seduce me at Sunrise Yoga — It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny―or risk losing the only woman he has gotten up early for…

A Hunger like No Other — A fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of how much food they eat after their workouts.

PaulPlankSoulcycle Mates — Beautiful and intriguing paranormal romance about two teenagers whose love is so special that nothing can keep them apart – not even someone coming to class early and claiming their favorite bike.

The Personal Best of Me — the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks who set new personal records running track.

Morrigan’s Crossfit — an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for AMRAP.


If you’re inspired by this list, share your own with us in the comments, or on social with the hashtag #gymromance. And if you’re inspired by Paul, you can follow him on Instagram at @paulmann007–happy workouts!