Classification Essay - Exercise Partners

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Classification of Exercise Partners


Every woman's magazine I've ever read gives its readers advice on exercising, and one of the most common tips I've seen is to find a partner to exercise with. In my experience, however, having an exercise partner is not a good idea. I have encountered five types of exercise partners, and I have concluded that it is definitely best to exercise alone.

The Drill Sergeant

My ex-boyfriend represents the Drill Sergeant. He is one of those people whose motto is "No pain, no gain." Of course, he assumes that everyone else follows this decree as well. He will try to push you to the limit every time you exercise with him, and can become nasty if you give up before he thinks you should. I refused to
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She could not understand that few people need or even want constructive criticism. Needless to say, we only ran together on a few occasions. I can only stand so much optimism when I'm gasping for breath and sweating profusely.

The Competitor

A high school teammate of mine was The Competitor. Her outlook on life was to be the best at whatever she did, and exercising was no exception. She seemed perfectly sweet, but her competitive streak emerged one afternoon. Our leisurely jog gradually turned to a run, and then a full sprint. I glanced over at her and noticed the pained expression on her face. I knew she was only pushing herself to beat me: she felt she had to run faster and further. You would think that since I knew this was the case, I would have given up and let her get her dose of superiority. I didn't. I was determined to teach her a lesson. I had been jogging regularly by that that time, and was in pretty good shape. She gave up first, and The Competitor cannot stand to lose. We remained friends, of course, but never ran together again. Her bruised pride and my sore muscles saw to that.

The Natural Athlete

A person doesn't fall into the category of The Natural Athlete because of attitudes or actions, but because of superior ability. My cousin was the Natural Athlete. She didn't spend much time exercising but was still in good shape. This alone was enough to make me almost hate her. I had been working out faithfully for quite some time and felt…