"They assert a basic truth that, depending on your point of view toward exercise, can either be described as ‘misery loves company’ or something slightly more ennobling....It's a sensible idea, and yet one that stands in stark contrast to the still-common notion of exercise as a hardship that must be endured alone, a solitary battle in which you wage ‘war’ against your waistline, your sedentary habits or simply the progression of time."
"Exercise. Don't go down this path alone. While men join pickup basketball games or assemble a foursome for a round of golf, women tend to have more trouble finding a partner on their fitness journey. This prompted Kim Murphy and Kris Carpenter, two formerly out-of-shape women, to write the ‘The Best Friends Guide to Getting Fit,’ a guide to using friendships as the foundation for establishing a consistent exercise routine."
"Sisterhood builds strength....The trend motivated two Virginia women to write a book, ‘The Best Friends' Guide to Getting Fit.' It chronicles their journey to fitness together through running and the link between women seeking friendship and physical fitness.
‘I think it's catching on,’ said Kris Carpenter, 43, who with co-author Kim Murphy is a personal trainer with an online fitness business. ‘It's kind of like the Tupperware parties of our generation. Instead of getting together for Tupperware or bridge, we're getting together to exercise. It's more powerful.’"
"Two out of shape friends used their friendship as the basis for establishing a consistent exercise routine - and you and a chosen friend can follow in their footsteps with their Best Friends' Guide To Getting Fit. From setting mutual fitness goals and establishing a routine to overcoming illness, injuries and even boredom and lack of discipline, certified personal trainers Murphy and Carpenter provide a wealth of inspirational tips."
"Women need their buddies as fitness partners, says the authors of ‘The Best Friends’ Guide to Getting Fit.’ That’s because getting fit is easier — and more fun — when you have a friend to keep you going."
"Introducing ‘The Best Friends’ Guide To Getting Fit,’ Kim Murphy and Kris Carpenter’s veritable love letter to achieving one’s goals, overcoming obstacles and, most of all, the power of friendship. A few years ago, Murphy, 42, and Carpenter, 41, seemed like poor candidates to be instructing anyone on getting in shape. Both admit that neither could scale a medium-sized hill without risk of triggering a wheezing fit. But after completing the 2003 Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon, it dawned on them that, through perseverance, dedication and helping each other, they had developed from hopeless novices into veritable 13-mile running machines. Now, through the book which hit bookstores last month, they maintain that you, too, can do the same."
"The authors of 'The Best Friend's Guide to Getting Fit' share the inspiring story of how their friendship helped them to focus on a regular exercise program that made them mentally and physically fit."
"The book...examines the details of how to develop an exercise relationship with a friend, and how to work around obstacles such as schedule changes and injuries."
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"Using their own story how two out-of-shape young women became best friends and fit for life through exercising together, these certified personal trainers share advice about how you and a chosen friend can develop your friendship and become fit."
"Kris Carpenter and Kim Murphy have co-written ‘The Best Friends' Guide to Fitness,’ in which they share how their friendship focused them on a regular exercise program that made them mentally strong and physically fit."
"'The Best Friend’s Guide to Getting Fit' by Kim Murphy and Kris Carpenter proposes exercise regimens in conjunction with a friend."