Going to the gym is a family affair for Shannon Dunning.

While she and her husband Andrew work out at Prairie Life Fitness, their three kids — ages 5, 3 and 2 — hang out in the child care area.

Hitting the gym has become a routine for the Omaha family — they make it there five days a week.

The husband and wife work out alongside each other, following an ever-changing routine. It gives Dunning a chance to ask her husband questions about her form. And for the 32-year-old mom, it’s also a chance to get in shape and set an example for her three kids.

“They can see that fitness is part of our lives,” she said.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I started about seven years ago after I finished college. I felt out of shape, and then I had kids in between there. I really got into it and fell into a routine after I had the last baby.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: I typically do strength training and run in between sets for cardio. I’m here five times a week.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: I think just strength. And today, I did three pull-ups. I want to do 10 in a row, so I’m going to keep working on that.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: Definitely the pull-ups. But just staying consistent and making it a daily habit and part of a routine.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: The diet part, especially with kids and snacks and treats. I don’t want to deny them that. It’s all about moderation.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: My husband and everybody here. I love my group of friends here and my kids love their group of friends here.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: When people take the machine you’re working at if you walk away for a second.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: Take care of my kids. We try to do a lot of things outside, like take walks or play at the park, and we do crafts.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: My headphones.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: Find something you like doing. That was hard for me. I tried cardio and classes. When you find something, stick with it. Find someone you like to work out with, too.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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