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Last month on a lark, a friend invited me to come join her at a session with her trainer.  She belongs to one to one of the small, elite “cross-fit” style gyms and her trainer has kicked the butt of famous people in industry and entertainment. This was a birthday celebration workout.

It was a point in my own fitness where I was losing faith in myself, my ability.  I was going to the gym, but I wasn’t really “showing up” there; going through the motions and giving half-hearted workouts.  

A session with a friend sounded like the perfect anti-dote, and it was.  We laughed, we compared abilities.  We discovered that we each have individual strengths that outshine the other.  

I left with a better attitude that has continued.

Last week I turned 56, and Maria returned the favor.  She joined me in my very big, very traditional gym to get a taste of the kind of workout I give myself.  

Once again we discovered we each have strengths and weaknesses that the other doesn’t share.  We rather compliment each other.  I taught her how to do pull-ups on a graviton machine (we both love that machine!); she taught me how to do chest-presses with a bar.

Afterwards, of course, we went out for sushi because good protein after a workout helps repair your muscles.  Or something like that.

When you are starting to feel a little steam go out of your fitness kettle (and, no, I will not talk kettle balls here), why don’t call a friend and instead of shopping for shoes or make up, spend a hour working out together.  

There is something about sweatin with a friend that improves the entire experience.


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