Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2012 Page: 28 of 56
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Couple Jennifer Pickert and Kara Robinson
pursue fitness goals together and apart
In most relationships, uttering phrases like "take a
hike" or "just walk out that door" would be a telltale
sign of discord. But for couple Kara Robinson and Jen-
nifer Pickert, it's a term of endearment. And while they
may have separate workout routines, they come to-
gether to chat and cheer each other on and occasionally
to show some true love on the tennis court.
Though Pickert and Robinson
have different fitness interests
basketball versus tennis, for ex-
ample — they motivate each
other to do more. (Photo by
Arnold Wayne Jones)
Names and ages: Kara Robinson, 46, and Jennifer Pickert, 39.
Occupations: Robinson: editor; Pickert, consultant
Length of relationship: 12 years
Sports & activities you participate in: Tennis, walking, hiking, yoga, circuit training and riding bikes.
Exercise regimen: Robinson: I run three times per week, walk two times, and I take a yoga class two times a week (plus I
do a little bit everyday on my own).
Pickert: I'm doing a self-designed circuit workout at home three or four times a week. It includes kettle bells, free
weights, core exercises and cardio. I also play tennis at least once a week and ride my bike. Soon, I will be
adding in hiking.
Fitness resolutions for 2012: Robinson: I want to lose 15 pounds this year. I've lost three in January, but
not having the usual holiday meals and treats around has made that pretty easy.
Upcoming fitness goals: Robinson: I would like to run a 10K in March and a half-marathon in Novem-
Pickert: We are going to Colorado this summer, and I want to be able to do some challenging hikes.
All the exercising I'm doing right now is about being ready to meet that challenge.
Greatest athletic achievement: Robinson: I finished the White Rock Marathon in 2009.
Pickert: In 2010,1 walked in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. I didn't want to be the one to slow my
team down, so I really dedicated myself to the training. Having a team that was counting on me
and establishing a fitness routine that helped achieve my goal was really an amazing experience.
The 3-Day itself felt like a celebration of all the training and work that went into being able to accom-
Workout: mornings or evenings? Pickert: Mornings, without exception. If I don't work out before 8
a.m. it's not going to happen.
Ways you stay fit or workout together: Robinson: We play tennis and like to go kayaking and hiking.
We don't work out much together because of our schedules and our preferences. But we definitely
support each other and celebrate our accomplishments together.
Pickert: We play tennis, and we enjoy taking long walks together. But more than that, we encourage
each other to take whatever time necessary to do the things we enjoy doing to keep fit. Kara loves to run
and do yoga, and I would much rather play basketball or go bike riding.
How do you motivate yourself to workout? Pickert: I set a significant goal, and I know that exercising is
going to enable me to achieve that goal. Also, I have to have other people involved. When I trained for the 3-
Day, my friend met me at the corner down the street every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 a.m. to walk with me.
Knowing that she was going to be there, and that she was depending on me to be there just as much I was de-
pending on her, made getting up at 5:30 a.m. super easy.
And words of advice for people trying to work fitness into their life? Robinson: I totally empathize with
people who believe they are too busy to workout. I felt that way in 2010, which was the most stressful year
ever. I didn't workout because, with everything that was going on, I couldn't justify spending an hour at the
gym or going for a run. I wish now that I hadn't bought in to this way of thinking, and instead just made even a
little bit of time to go for a walk or do something physical. But now I know that exercise is a gift you give your-
self, and you're the last person you should be stingy with.
How does your partner motivate you to workout? Robinson: Witnessing all the preparation and dedica-
tion she put into [the 60-mile 3-Day] and seeing her finish all three days of the event and seeing how happy
she was snapped me out of my 2010 fitness funk.
Pickert: Kara sets a great example. In 2009, she ran a marathon, and I so admired her dedication and de-
termination each and every day as she trained for the race. Seeing her cross the finish line and the joy
she had in her accomplishment made me want to achieve more for myself in regard to fitness. It made
me realize I need a significant goal to keep myself motivated.
Favorite healthy/low-cal snack? Pickert: Pickles totally satisfy that salty, crunchy craving.
Favorite song or play list for workout? Robinson: These three wind up on just about any playlist I
make: Lupe Fiasco, the Roots and Mary J. Blige.
Pickert: Barbara Streisand singing "Don't Rain on My Parade" is my anthem. That song makes me
| want to conquer the world. Silly? Perhaps. But true nonetheless. (Kara is going to tell you her favorite
singer to work out to is Lupe Fiasco, but the truth is, it's Liza Minnelli.)
If you could become an Olympian in any sport, what would it be and why? Robinson: Fencing
The outfits are fantastic, and there is no ball to catch or throw.
Which celebrity or athlete's physique would you like to have and why? Robinson: She's not really a
celebrity, but I'd love to have a physique like Michelle Obama. Every time I see her in a sleeveless dress, it
makes me want to do more push-ups.
Health I Fitness I Beauty Supplement • 02.17.12
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