The power of a +1

As I write this, I can feel my hamstrings. And my quads.

And my hip flexors.

And my obliques.

And my upper core.

And my deltoids.

And my trapezius.

Hmm, what else?

Oh my pecs.

And my shoulders.

And my hamstrings. Wait. Said that.

Um, and my hip flexors. Yup. Said that too.


It's not my fault tho. It's the fault of my friend because we went to a 60 minute hot, hot, hot yoga class yesterday morning at 6am. And it's also the fault of the 10 or so coworkers whose party I crashed when I joined them for a Barre Strength Class  last night at 7pm. (Think ballet + yoga, on crack, for adults. Think lunges. With weights. My god. My legs are inflaming again just thinking about it.)

And let's not forget my running buddy this morning. We did just three miles, which under normal circumstances would have been NBD (No big deal.) But factor in the heat (70's at 6:30am + some humidity, just a little bit + my poor body which was a bit stiff.)

Adios Mio. Ow.

So see. It's not really my fault. It's totally everyone else's fault.

The power of a workout buddy. It's totally their fault (and credit) that I did all this stuff.

Sometimes it's great to have company when you work out. It makes the run, swim, yoga class a little more enjoyable to know a familiar face. Or perhaps its your chance to catch up with a friend or brainstorm with a colleague. But let's be honest, the best part of having a workout buddy is to ensure that you actually work out.

I may or may not have done all those yoga classes and/or run this morning if it was just up to me. I would of course like to THINK that I would have done them all, but the truth of the matter is that's not reality.

Other bonuses of  a workout buddy? 1. You have someone to high five when you are done 2. It makes the time go by quicker 3. You can get some perspective on your state of fitness, appreciate your strengths and weaknesses

So if you don't have one, go find a +1.