Meet Don Akim and Rosanna Beckett. They are an engaged couple and extreme bodybuilders who happen to be the “it” couple of the muscle world.
The couple has been dating for almost nine years since they met at a nightclub, but have only been seriously body building for four months. In that time, they’ve started competing and winning. They won a total of three trophies during the Miami Pro World Championships held in April in Hertfordshire, England, beating out more than 200 other contestants. They’re the first couple to win world championship honors at the same bodybuilding event — Akim won two awards for male Muscle Model and male Fitness Model, and Beckett won for Ms. Bikini.
“Although we’ve always been into fitness, we didn’t look like this when we met,” Akim told media. “We only started really training when we entered the world champions.”
When the couple isn’t busy with their regular day jobs — Beckett is a dancer and Akim is a seaman — they can be found working out at the gym five to six times per week. Each workout lasts 3 hours and they tackle a different body-part each day.
While desserts are off limits during training, the strong couple considers their diet simple. “For breakfast, we eat oatmeal with a banana and a scoop of protein powder, or an oat biscuit with peanut butter. A few hours later, we’ll cook a large batch of salmon, steamed vegetables, brown rice, and sweet potatoes,” one shared. “We eat half and save the other portion for a second lunch later. Dinner is similar but we’ll substitute skinless chicken for fish.”
Beckett and Akim have a 5-year-old daughter who they keep active by making sure she gets enough playtime outside and Akim even assigns her spotter duties by having her sit on his back while he does pushups.