Best Way to Get Fit Without Noticing 

Berkeley YMCA Triathlon Club

Behold, all you snails out there, you, too, can become fit in a few months. Sign up in March and prepare for a June "fun triathlon" at Pleasanton's Shadow Cliffs. The event itself is fine, but it's the journey, not the destination, that makes it worthwhile. The Berkeley Y delivers expert and enthusiastic coaches in swimming, biking, and running. They work with everyone, even the slowest of pokes. The twice-a-week practices breed camaraderie, and after awhile you hardly notice you've pedaled your unathletic body from downtown Berkeley to Inspiration Point. Plus there's the screaming pleasure of flying back down again. Participants this year ranged from a Berkeley High senior to a couple of grandmas. And it being Berkeley, the group included therapists, laser scientists, an opera singer, and a law professor, all pushing themselves and coated in sweat. If you're a member of the Berkeley Y ($99) and you pay your monthly fee ($62), the cost to participate is $155. For the way it transforms your body and your lifestyle, it's a steal.

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