Two Former Addicts Turned Gym Junkies Get Married In The Gym

They say couples who train together stay together, and two former drug addicts-turned fitness junkies proved just that when they tied the knot in their gym.

Daniel Butler and Andi Nevue got hitched beside the treadmills at Crunch Fitness in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the United States - even managing to fit in a quick session on the day itself.

Daniel, 33, a mechanic, and Andi, 36, a student, once battled a $200 a day crystal meth addiction but thanks to exercise have been clean for almost two years.

Andi said: "It's been a home away from home for us and it has helped us maintain our sobriety.

"It is a good way to release your energy and stress. Instead of turning to substances for an escape, we find it through physical activity.

"We go six times a week, it's an important part of our relationship."

The gym's manager, Keith Smith, 41, even became an ordained minister so he could officiate the ceremony.

Daniel and Andi met in April 2014 through mutual friends, and though they were madly in love, the pair were also both battling drug addiction.

The couple got hitched at their local gym, which they say has helped them overcome their drug addiction. Credit: SWNS
The couple got hitched at their local gym, which they say has helped them overcome their drug addiction. Credit: SWNS

Daniel said meth took over their lives.

"It was a daily habit, we were smoking it all day, every day. I was probably spending around $200 a day on drugs for us both.

"All I did was work 24/7 to support our habit. I didn't have time for family or for my relationship.

"Meth took over our lives."

In June 2017, he was arrested for drug possession and spent six months behind bars in Dona Ana County jail.

But the couple finally managed to get sober together and have been going to the gym six days a week ever since, in a bid to lead healthier lives.

Andi said: "The gym was where we got to spend time together and kept our relationship alive."

The couple even managed a quick workout after the ceremony. Credit: SWNS
The couple even managed a quick workout after the ceremony. Credit: SWNS

The couple moved back in together in October 2018 and Andi proposed to Daniel at Christmas.

She said: "I proposed in front of our family over Christmas break. I bought Daniel a Denver Broncos mug and hid the ring inside of it.

"When he opened it, our son Liam said: 'Will you marry my mummy?'

"He said 'yes' immediately. He had been trying to find an elaborate way to propose to me but I got sick of waiting."

The couple will celebrate two years sober this June and say they are excited to work out together for years to come.

Daniel said: "Exercise will always be a massive part of our lives. We go to the gym all the time and we've got no plans to stop now."

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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