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Learn from the people around you.

There are a lot of things you can learn from a magazine like Shape (as I'm realizing just from working here), but you can also learn a thing or two from the strangers you exercise with side-by-side everyday. I sometimes want to strike up a conversation with people I see in my gym because I admire a girl's toned arms or I'm wondering how to do a certain exercise someone else is doing. Well, coming up soon in Shape, we'll have a new column called 'YOU..In Shape' where we'll put your bikini picture on a 'cover' and get your advice, routine, and strategies to share with the rest of readers--I guess my wish came true! But the other night at the gym I was doing my usual workout, running on the treadmill and jumping off to ride on the bicycle, when I got into an interesting conversation about races with the man biking next to me. And although my new friend Greg won't fit the requirements for our new column, he taught me something that I can definitely take with me on my triathlon training journey: 'When you're almost at the end of your race, or somewhere in the middle, and your mind keeps telling you to give up or you can't go on, push past those thoughts and remember how much work you've put into this. Training for a race is a mental challenge as much as it is a physical one.' So next time you're admiring someone's workout at the gym, make the move to strike up a conversation with him or her, you may never know what kind of advice they'll give you.   


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