Leading couples to engineer their happiest and healthiest lives, together. 

Ryan and Alex, a husband-wife duo and two former materials science engineers, realized that there was a void… After years of living abroad, it was clear that couples in America were clouded in confusion and lacked role models on how to exercise, eat well, and live happily in their marriage.

Through their self-experimentation, travel, and research, they realized all three problems were linked closely together.

In 2017, Ryan and Alex gave up their high-paying corporate jobs on a mission to optimize fitness, nutrition, mindset, and marriage for all duos. Since then, their journey has been highlighted globally in the Daily Mail, Travel Wire News, Baidu News, and in popular couple’s blogs, like Half Half Travel. Fitness and nutrition coaches since 2013, Ryan and Alex have touched the lives of over ten thousand clients including journalists from the Wall Street Journal and SHAPE Magazine, founders of tech industry start-ups, doctors, professional chefs, and university health professors.

Guiding couples to…

  • Fuel their best life through structured fitness and nutrition plans
  • Build their happiness through lifestyle optimization
  • Strengthen positive habits and motivation
  • Make a healthy lifestyle fun and lasting by duo’ing it together

where to start

Life gets overwhelming – trust us, we know. That’s why we simplified how we can help you:

  • Join other couples in our free Just Duo It program – complete with one year of fitness, nutrition, mindset, and relationship “Daily Duoables” and monthly guides to bring you closer to your health goals and happiness, together.
  • Make a bet with yourselves that you and your partner can stay healthy for one week with Couple’s Clean Week. Kickstart your best healthy habits in 7-days.
  • Start from scratch with our free Couple’s Fitness Analysis to get some real-talk from us about where you are and where you need to go with your health.

our story

Ryan and Alex: Two Engineers Balancing Life and Work

Ryan and Alex began experimenting with their own nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and relationship years before Ryan and Alex Duo Life was born in 2017. 

They met at the same Minnesotan engineering company out of college in 2010. The two of them were drawn together immediately since they lived by a “seize the day” mentality and loved being outdoors. Being active was in their blood too, with Ryan as a high school state soccer champ and with Alex, a college marathon runner. And like so many fresh out of school, they channeled this energy and enthusiasm into work to earn their mettle as engineers.

Within the first year of working, however, they both started feeling the drain of inactivity and poor eating choices of their new lifestyle. Alex found herself heading home after work and slumping down in front of a TV marathon – ignoring her pre-paid membership at a gym just a few minutes away. Ryan, too, found himself drinking cupfuls of coffee and Mountain Dew just to remain productive through the work day. 

Still, they pushed these negative side effects aside because their careers were better than ever. By this time, Ryan had switched companies for a promotion and they were officially dating. When Alex received a contract to work 3-years in her company’s Shanghai office, they both worked out the details with their respective companies and packed their bags for China together in 2012.

A Worldview of Health

Living abroad opened their eyes to how nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, relationships, and happiness are viewed in different cultures. They were already feeling out of balance themselves and realized how misguided and confused our thinking of health was in the US. A culture where people drown in ideas of fad diets, the preferences of food industry lobbyists, and ultimately end up in a state of obesity. They traveled extensively around Asia, soaking in all of the knowledge that they could. By the time we moved back to the US in 2015, we made a pact to become as healthy as we could possibly be for each other.

That’s when the fun started.

Ryan and Alex began reading endless amounts of books, self-experimenting with various medical tests, asking their friends in the health field for insight, and staying on top of the newest scientific health studies. They wanted to understand all aspects of what makes someone healthy and used themselves as guinea pigs. Also as engineers, their goal was to keep things simple, accessible, multi-functional, and efficient. We built up a toolbox that any couple can use to get back on track with workouts, nutrition, personal development, and stronger relationships.

Our Mission

They came to recognize five main themes:

  • Accountability and a supportive environment are the key to lasting habit changes
  • Nutrition is the game-changer while fitness is for maintaining
  • Life and marriage is better when you commit to living in sync
  • Trust the process for longterm, sustainable progress
  • Life is best lived when in a healthy body and healthy state of mind, together

Ryan had begun helping others with their fitness and nutrition on the side in 2013 but they decided to go “all in” after their wedding in 2017. They quit their high-powered corporate jobs and packed their bags once again to learn what they could from the world. They began our journey living in South America and have been exploring and researching health ever since.

Why Work with Couples?

Throughout their years working in fitness and nutrition, they received the same question over and over again:

How do I get my spouse to workout with me?

Their Duo Life Community has grown heaps and bounds as more and more couples look for answers on how to lead a healthy life, together. There are few health mentors available who focus so openly on the well-being of the couple, something integral to our happiness but also our health. Ryan and Alex rely on each other to create long-lasting, healthy habits and help other couples learn to do the same. 

Our mission is to help couples like you engineer a life you love with the love of your life.


After years of post-collegiate sports laziness and a few added pounds on the scale, I “finally” came to Ryan and Alex and dragged my wife along. We started an in-home fitness and nutrition program together and got hooked. Over the years, I have lost 20 lbs of fat and gained it back in muscle. Now that we had our second baby, we are even more excited to raise our girls in a healthy household. As far as the Duo Life team, though? Yeah, they’ll help you get where you want or need to go.

Seth and Kelley

One day I left the doctor knowing that if I didn’t change my habits I wasn’t going to be around to watch my children grow up. I found Ryan and Alex Duo Life on Facebook and I was surprised to find that there were real people on the other end eager to help. They have been mentors to us for years. I have lost 87 pounds, 84 inches, and went from a size 24 to a size 8. My husband joined me in my healthy living journey and the energy and confidence we have is amazing!!

Sarah and Andrew

Ryan and Alex are two of the most adventurous people I know. Colin and I love all things Adventurous and that is what attracted us to this Duo! We believe that couples who train together and experience new things together just have a better relationship! We wanted a change in our training and nutrition and they helped us find the perfect plan to follow for our combined goals. We are now working out together more than ever, have seen great results, and are eager to try more programs!

Allison and Colin

Ryan and Alex are awesome! They have been here for us whenever we need support. We get sound advice and amazing motivation in the Duo Life Community. The best part is we have so much fun while we’re busy crushing our goals! There have been plenty of laughs and smiles shared throughout our journey together, and I’m glad to have his support. If you are looking for some extra advice or motivation, do not hesitate to reach out to them. It’ll definitely be worth your time.

Maija and Ben

I (Ally) lost 5 inches but I refuse to weigh myself. Part of my goal is to not stress about weight and focus on feeling and making healthy choices. I’ve gotten so many compliments on how toned I look. I am feeling better and better every day.  The Duo Life Community has been the best thing to happen to me in 2018! I have fought my biggest enemy through this group… myself. All their support and motivation made it a no brainer . I <3 my workout family!

Ally and Matt

My husband and I love the Duo Life Community! Within days we are already feeling the benefits of better nutrition and exercise. Ryan and Alex got us started on a yoga challenge which is perfect and we added in Shakeology, which tastes amazing!! We already decided to do another harder challenge when we finish this one. Thanks for helping us every step of the way and being quick to answer questions and provide support. If you need support in your duo, you’re in right place!

Rachelle and Pete

Thank you!!!

We’re in such a routine now, it feels like something’s missing if we’re not working out in the mornings!

– Jennifer and Lance

I finally have a before and after transformation to be proud of and I’m not even done with the program! Down 8 inches and have no clue what I weigh. It doesn’t matter, I feel great!

– Michelle

The “Daily Duoable” emails in the Just Duo It program have been great.  We’ve enjoyed that they’re short and sweet and give you the right amount of motivation and awareness for the day ahead.

– Jenna and Erik

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