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Fitness with Chris Jones

Working out with your boyfriend They say couples that lift together, stay together. And of course, I hope that’s true!

I mean, I love my boyfriend very much. But I remember a day two years ago so vividly that it could have happened yesterday or an hour ago. A day that hopefully I’m not alone in experiencing. The day my world imploded – he wanted to workout with me.

Once I picked myself up of the floor, he reiterated his novel idea to me once again. A second black out later and I managed to compute the words he was saying to me – ‘I want to workout with you. Can you help me?’ A part of me was thrilled! He’d never expressed an interest in muscle growth or gain. In fact, I wondered why he was even with me as he used to hate muscular guys – which obviously made me spiral out of control with dysmorphic thoughts. But he’d got into running – so much so he went on a few years later to run the London bloody Marathon. It was his ‘thing’. He liked to run. And my thing? I liked to pick up heavy objects and put them down again in a room full of other men doing the same thing. When you analyse weightlifting, its weird and many have their own reasons for doing it. My reasons are aesthetic (oh come on) and also I found it stress-busting. The gym was my own little world where I could plug my headphones in, listen to MY music and problem solve in my mind while my body ‘pumps iron’.

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