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The Buddy System: Reach Your Weight-Loss Goals with a Workout Buddy

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Need a boost of motivation? Grab a friend. We helped four pairs discover that teaming up with a pal is a great way to lose.

Losing Weight with My Best Friend

When they met a few years ago at the New Jersey law firm they worked for, Michelle Cook (far left), 36, a legal assistant and mother of two, and Alison Zangrillo, 33, a recently divorced bookkeeper, just clicked. Soon they were meeting up for Pilates once a week -- "we called it our playdate," Michelle says -- and have stayed best pals through job changes and jam-packed days. Both were "feeling run down" from extra weight they couldn't shake, and together they vowed to get their bodies and energy back.

The Weight-Loss Plan

A variety of weekly hour-long strength-training sessions with trainer Jeff Marmelstein at the Club at Woodbridge in New Jersey boosted their endurance. Patricia Davidson, RD, a nutritionist in Westfield, New Jersey, helped them eat more crunchy vegetables and make smart swaps to shave calories: "Instead of chips, I now have a peach with my lunch," Alison says.

The 180 Turnaround

Constantly switching up their routines between kettlebell moves, TRX class, and various cardio machines has helped them raise their fitness game. "We feed off each other for motivation," Alison says. "I text Michelle when I'm headed to the gym and confess to her if I've splurged on snacks." The two were often side by side on treadmills, Michelle walking as Alison ran. One day Michelle found herself punching up the pace. "Alison gave me the confidence to start running," says Michelle, who's lost 10 pounds and 4 percent of her body fat. "It's definitely brought us closer together, and we're so much stronger," says Alison, seven pounds lighter and four inches slimmer around the waist. "I'm so proud of both of us, and we're not stopping now!"


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11/5/2011 03:19:48 AM Report Abuse
graphics_beth wrote:

So proud of us. We are still going and DO involve the kids when possible. Summer is coming and so much more to do outside with them :)

2/28/2011 10:16:43 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

Why not exercise with your kids too??

2/14/2011 08:32:16 PM Report Abuse

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