and Sandra Santos-Melius
How long have you been married?
We’ve been together for about nine years.
Describe your family
Me-Sandra, (the woman in charge) Allan, (the man in charge) and Mateo,
our sensitive, smart; good looking and very athletic son who continue to
challenge us to grow. We are a small, tight family. We value each other
and what each of us brings to the table. We also have Allan’s 82-year-old
mom who still lives in Klamath Falls.
Where are you both from?
Allen was born in the Philippines and moved to the states when he was 9
and grew up in Klamath Falls. And I was born and raised in Clatskanie,
What are your professions?
Allan is Telecommunications Engineer for a company called Comstructure;
Sandra is a Senior Juvenile Counselor for the Washington County Juvenile
What obstacles have you found most challenging in your life as a
We are so lucky to have found each other at a time in our lives when we
were able to realize how fortunate we are and really appreciate each other.
We both have been in previous failed marriages and both learned a lot. So
thankfully we brought some wisdom to our relationship. We are not perfect
but we both feel so grateful for having found each other. We can both be
very strong willed so at times when we disagree it can be challenging
because neither one of us will back down! We can get pretty passionate
about certain things and that sometimes comes across loud! Fortunately
we forgive quickly and have a three-day, “statute of limitations”, which
means no bringing up old stuff after three days! It helps:)
What is your favorite class at SWEAT360 and why?
Allan’s favorite class is Blast; he enjoys the mixture of cardio and weights
and the challenge of the movements. Sandra’s favorites are Yoga and Hi
Def. I love the chance to move very quickly in Hi Def and push myself
physically. In contrast I really appreciate being forced to move slowly in
Yoga and work on my mental toughness
What keeps you motivated and inspired?
We keep each other motivated and inspired. We truly enjoy all activity as
long as we are doing it together. We are very inspired by nature, we love
trying new things and support each other in everything we do. We also are
committed to providing a good example for Mateo, it is important to us that
he see us as a healthy, happy couple that cares about our health and
What’s the best thing about working out with your spouse?
We look forward to seeing each other everyday at the gym. We both work
long hours and at the end of the day our workout at SWEAT360 is place
we connect and share time and exercise together, each day. We push
each other, enjoy playful competition with each other and truly support
each other. I like being able to see my hot husband working out!
What did SWEAT360 provide for you as a couple short term?
A place to meet other couples equally interested in physical fitness but
also a chance to get to know people very different from us that we would
likely never have met otherwise. An opportunity to workout together and a
chance to learn and grow in our physical fitness together. We both have
met many physical fitness goals, we are stronger, faster and more fit.
What did SWEAT360 provide for you as a couple long term?
Long term, forever friends. A community that embraces us and accepts us.
Opportunity to coach and teach in a capacity that we never would have
otherwise. Hopefully a community we can continue to be part of for many
What is your mantra?
Don’t know if it is our mantra but we both love the Bob Marley quote- “Love
the life you live, live the life you love”.