Looking good is a family effort
THE Rees family is proof that the family that trains together, stays together.
The Woodend family likes to spend quality time at the gym, a habit that has helped son Ben win physique modelling competitions and relieved mum Liz of chronic fatigue symptoms.
Daughter Natasha signed up to train with her mum at Body Boutique Personal Training when she noticed Liz was visibly fitter.
"Mum had been really sick and she underwent this big change where she had a lot of energy and got really strong," Natasha said.
"I was worried my mum was going to be stronger than me, so I joined her for training.
"We all go to the gym together and we'll partner up for certain workouts, and other people at the gym will come up to us and ask if we're related."
Dad Nick said he enjoyed working out with his family.
"It's a great thing to do. It gives us direction and a common goal," Mr Rees said.
"I've lost about four kilos, too."
Mrs Rees said going on a shared health kick had a lot of benefits.
"It's great to be able to prepare meals together," she said.
BBPT owner Marian Leonard said the family also served as a support network.
"There's a lot of highs and lows and they always have someone there to help out, and often someone who has gone through the same thing before," Ms Leonard said.
The Rees and Leonard families recently celebrated the engagement of Ben to Camille Leonard, Marian's daughter.
Camille said she was preparing for her first physique modelling competition with the support of her family and future in-laws.
"I'm excited, and I have my mum and Ben and everyone else on hand to help me prepare."
Natasha will compete in a competition in 26 weeks.