Fit­ness friends for­ever

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II’d like to take a minute to pay trib­ute to my work­out bud­dies. They are, ac­cord­ing to our ar­ti­cle on page 16, key to max­imis­ing your work­outs, and, in my opin­ion, the big­gest mo­ti­va­tion boost­ers. They get me out of the door, do­ing some­thing ac­tive al­most daily. Let’s start with the ladies, and the oc­ca­sional male, who pump iron, and slay the met­con moves with me at the gym. I’m there 90% of the time be­cause they’re there. I’ve moved gyms be­cause of them, skipped night-be­fore drinks be­cause I want to be there at 6.30am to work out with them, and I’ve pushed harder dur­ing a cir­cuit be­cause I’m try­ing my best to keep up with them. When I oc­ca­sion­ally skip the morn­ing sesh, I feel like I’ve dis­ap­pointed them. My walk­ing/run­ning/ step-climb­ing bud­dies also mo­ti­vate me to do bet­ter. If my walk­ing friend doesn’t show up, I don’t go. If they don’t ca­jole me to com­plete an­other flight of stairs, I won’t do it. If they don’t urge me to step up my speed, I’ll just stroll. If it weren’t for them, my car­dio fit­ness would be at loser level. I’ve got a long way to go be­fore I can call my­self car­dio-fit but be­cause of them, I’m bet­ter at it ev­ery day. And then there’s my hik­ing group. For this gang, I seem to be the ‘or­gan­iser’; I ask mid­week where we’re hik­ing over the week­end, re­search new trails, set push-off times and nag them about pack­ing the nec­es­sary stuff. I’d like to think that some of my drill-mas­ter an­tics have rubbed off, but they’ve taught me how to en­joy the trails, know when to quit, and when to push on, how to laugh when I’m grunt­ing on a climb and pace my­self on the down­hills. My hikes are like mini hol­i­days be­cause of them, and I take one al­most ev­ery week­end. So find a fit­ness friend, SHAPE-ers or tell us about yours on In­sta­gram and we’ll tell your story.

“I have thighs. I’m a size 28 in jeans. And that’s an av­er­age size. I’m proud that I’m nor­mal” page 83

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