THE DISPARATE COUPLE

Byron wondered why he even bothered!!! After eight months of faithfully working out three times a week, he still weighed only 135 pounds and had arms that resembled spaghetti!!! "Okay," he said under his breath, "let's see if we can do tonight!!!" Lying on his back, he hoisted the barbell into the air in an attempt to bench press ninety pounds, and almost instantly he realized that he was in trouble after he brought the bar down to his chest!!! Desperately he tried to heft the iron off of his body, but the more he struggled, the weaker he seemed to become!!! The first rule about bench pressing is to always use a spotter, and at that very moment Byron was discovering the wisdom of that particular idiom!!! He tried screaming for help, but the air had been forced from his lungs, leaving him in the very precarious position that he may suffocate in a room full of people!!! As unconsciousness began to overtake him, the bar miraculously was wrenched off chest and blessed air filled his burning lungs!!!

After coughing for a second or two, he struggled to his feet to thank his savior, but much to his chagrin he was standing face to face with a woman!!! "Hey, dummy," she said while shaking her head from side to side, "don't you know enough to use a spotter, you can get killed using free weights by yourself!!!" "If ya want to lift alone, use a machine," she said while walking away!!! He chased after her and stuck his hand out and gushed, "Of course you're right, I just want to thank you, I was in real trouble back there, and by the way, my name's Byron!!!" She gave him a quick once over before breaking into a broad smile and taking his hand in her powerful hand and replying, "Well, I didn't mean to snap at you Byron, but I just didn't want to see you get hurt, come on over here, and spot for me, okay!?!" As she walked in front of him, Byron for the first time got a good look at her, and to say the least she was the most muscular woman he had ever seen in his life!!! While she wasn't pretty, she had a wholesome looking face with a solid Nordic features and a shock of blonde hair that was short enough not to need a comb!!! As she positioned herself under bar that contained at least two hundred pounds he offered in all seriousness, "I don't know if you should be trying this, I don't know how much I could help you if you got into trouble!!!" In a quick motion, the blonde giant grabbed the bar and let it down to her chest and replied, "No problem, Byron, this is an easy one for me," and then proceeded to press the bar ten times quickly before returning it to the cradle!!! After five more sets, she sat up and toweled off her face and offered, "How about a soft drink, I'm buying!!!

They sat against the wall, sipped their diet colas, and talked while absentmindedly watching others work out! He found out that her name was Arianna, that everyone called her Ari for short, and that she had been working out for about five years! After taking a drink from his can of pop, Byron asked casually, "May I ask you a personal question!?! "Shoot," she replied quickly!!! How much do you weigh, I've never seen a woman built like you!!!" She chuckled before answering and replied, "That's a compliment I hope, but to answer your question, I weigh 225 pounds, give or take a pound or two!!!" "Geesh," he replied in awe, "I've been working out like a dog for over six months and still look like a bag of bones!!!" She put her hand on his arm and said softly, "Some people just have trouble building muscle mass, it has nothing to do with how much you work out, it's all physiological, kind of like you're preordained!!!" He was listening to her answer, but what he really was thinking about was the feeling that shot through him when she touched his arm, incredible!!!

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