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"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."

"Exceptional"

"Daily Book Pick" on Jim Agnew’s website www.jagnew.com.
"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."

About the Author

Kim Murphy and Kris Carpenter are certified personal trainers. Go to www.connectmovetransform.com to learn more and to check out their online fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching services. Both live with their families in Vienna VA where they also own and operate ah-spire, a local fitness business.
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Product Details

  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933102004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933102009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,696,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There tips are great and are very helpful to me as well as my girlfriends who are at all levels of fitness.
SportyGirl89
I believe young Mothers in particular, would benbefit from reading this book and could make a significant difference in their lives.
Nora N. Smith
This book is much more than an exercise book -- it is an honest review of day-to-day life and its impact on us as women.
MRB

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What an insirational read!! This book not only gives you step-by-step instuctions as to how to begin and maintain a fitness program, but it also describes the journey of two remarkable women - their struggles, triumphs, and inspirational anecdotes. I highly recommend this book to women of all ages - young, older, or in between. You will certainly connect with their experiences and draw strength from their lessons learned. I am well on my way to acheiving my own personal goals and couldn't have done it without the support and commaraderie of a friend - a "must" according Kris and Kim. This book is a key to fitness success!!
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By AG on May 19, 2005
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I love this book! It's highly motivating and inspirational for all women, especially those thinking being fit is out of reach. I found it be an honest and realistic story about the journey to fitness. It's not about perfection, which is so refreshing in this day and age of quick fixes and impossible standards. You can hear the enthusiasm in their voices when they talk about how being fit has transformed their lives and how it's possible for all of us to do the same! Plus, these best friends cover it all for us from how to start, what to wear, what to expect, and how to take it to the next level. A truly wonderful book!
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Yes! yes! yes! This book is much more than an exercise book -- it is an honest review of day-to-day life and its impact on us as women. Kris' and Kim's early experiences can be translated into most of our lives - so what a comfort to know that with some effort, it doesn't have to be this way! I appreciated the authors' honesty too -- that even after this total mind/body makeover they still don't look like supermodels and they even get BO -- but they are healthier inside and out. That is the difference. This book is easy to read and offers good mental AND physical exercise advice.
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Loved the book--so well thought out, formulated and written. Kim and Kris (with their personal comments/experiences) have made it clear that they were novices when they began walking together. The natural progression they made over the years makes this book extremely realistic for anyone to set goals and, through friendship, to adhere to these goals no matter what the exercise/activity level. The bonus is forming a true bond with a friend and becoming fit in body and soul. This book outlines an inspiring structure to make all this happen.
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