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Power couple! A power-lifting couple can now say their relationship is the strongest in Europe after they both came first in strength championships - on the same day

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<p>A power-lifting couple can now say their relationship is the strongest in Europe after they both came first in strength championships - on the same day.</p><p>Josh Lancaster and Mollie Wagstaff fought off tough competition from around the continent to scoop gold in the Arnold Classic Strong Man and Strong Woman events in Seville, Spain.</p><p>Mollie, 33, was stunned to learn she’d taken the top spot in the under 75kg category during the event on September 16.</p><p>And Josh, 31, admitted feeling 'secretly jealous' of his wife’s achievements before storming to victory himself in the under 80kg weight class.</p><p>He then celebrated his victory by entering the under 90kg men’s competition the following day, where he finished seventh, while Mollie took their daughter for a day out.</p><p>Josh said: “I just felt so satisfied and amazed. Your adrenaline gets going when you support someone, and then once it was finished, I was exhausted.</p><p>“I felt, 'I can’t match that in terms of excitement.' I didn’t think I had much of a chance of matching what she did. And I just could believe it when I did.</p><p>“I suppose I’d been preparing for the competition really for about six years - since I gave up other sports to pursue strongman as the main thing. </p><p>“And going with Mollie, it was great that we had an opportunity to compete on the same day, and take our daughter to watch us share that experience."</p><p>Mollie took part in five events over a two-hour period, including repeatedly lifting axle bars over her head for a minute and carrying a yoke on her back for 20m (65ft).</p><p>She said: “It was really close. The other girls were incredible. The girl who came second was Germany’s strongest woman, so she was particularly strong.</p><p>“I didn’t know if I was first or last until right at the end. I had no idea I had won it, I was just trying my best in each event.”</p><p>Josh completed his victory by taking part in events such as a 90kg (200lb) log press and flipping a 360kg (800lb) tyre three times in 60 seconds.</p><p>He also had to walk 40m (130ft) with 120kg (260lb) in each hand, and do as many 60kg (130lb) dumbbell reps as he could in one minute.</p><p>The vegetarian couple, who live in Lancaster with their three-year-old daughter Elsie, first bonded over their shared passion of fitness and Mollie introduced Josh to the elite sport after they first started dating six years ago.</p><p>And the superfit duo have spent roughly £50,000 on dedicated equipment during the course of their relationship in their quest to get into peak physical shape. </p><p>But despite fitness coach Josh being Mollie's personal trainer, they revealed the secret to their strong relationship is that they never train together.</p><p>Josh added: “Realistically, we never train with each other at all, and we don’t really like training with each other, to be honest. </p><p>“I can see how people would burn out with it if they, say the trained with their partner and then went home and were talking about it. </p><p>“And I feel like that’s one of the big secrets to keeping it going for such a long time, as obviously the balance is important.</p><p>“We have a gym, our own unit where we’ve bought tens of thousands of pounds of equipment, just so we can train more specifically for the events.</p><p>"But we don’t actually like spending time with each other when we’re actually training for the competitions. We communicate a lot about the training via email.</p><p>“It’s nice being able to do sport that we both enjoy and excel in, but then just click our fingers and 20 minutes later, we’re going for a walk with our family.”</p><p>Mollie, who works out four times a week around her job as an NHS nurse and earned the title of North of England’s Strongest Woman in April, said: "I really enjoy training – it’s not like a chore. It’s 'me time', really. </p><p>“And Leading up to competitions, it just becomes more specific to the events in the competitions.”</p>
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