The 7 types of people you’ll find at the gym …

Posted: June 30, 2013 in Fitness

Here’s a fact: the gym is a brilliant place to people-watch. Ever since I first stepped foot in a gym (probably back in the late 80s as a child when I went to karate classes while my mum went to Jane Fonda-style aerobics classes, but that’s another story) I began observing people and noticed very definitive ‘types’ of people who frequent gyms. Of course everybody’s an individual, you can’t stereotype, be a Judgy McJudgerton, blah blah blah, but really in this case you can.

People at the gym

Here we go…

1. The Poser – Generally found in front of the mirror for the entire duration of their workout, The Poser is known to most people in the gym. They can be recognised by their signature flexing moves, often accompanied by grunting and general animal noises while lifting weights. And contrary to popular opinion, it’s not only the male of the species that is identified as The Poser. I have seen many a woman at my local gym (and worse examples at Fitness First!) standing in front of the mirror, dabbing at their eye makeup while they take selfies of themselves to post on Instagram, not even breaking a sweat. The craziest are the ones that wear their long hair down while ‘working out’. As the saying goes: if you don’t look like a sweaty, red-faced horrendous mess when you leave the gym, you haven’t worked hard enough. Or something like that.

Hair down, boobs out, take a selfie with a token weight in front of you to show you're 'working hard at the gym'.

Hair down, boobs out, take a selfie with a token weight in front of you.

2. The Gym Couple – Ok, here’s a confession: Rob and I often go to the gym together. BUT, before you go “hey you hypocrite!” let me tell you that we never work out together. Nor do I stand around watching him lift heavy weights like many a Gym Girlfriend I have seen. The female Poser can often be seen as one half of The Gym Couple. The Gym Couple can also be two friends who just have to work out together, they can’t possibly be apart. And whatever you do, don’t try to get on a machine that these two are on – you’ll be waiting a while.

Going to the gym with your partner? No need for weights, just use them!

Going to the gym with your partner? No need for weights, just use them!

3. The Walker – Otherwise known as ‘hog the treadmill and never break a sweat’. Specialises in the slow and steady walk, sometimes found talking on their mobile phones while doing said walk. These people (although let it be said, this category are mainly women) either think walking is sufficient exercise, and don’t mind doing it for up to and sometimes over an hour, or they’re too concerned with their appearance to want to break a sweat. They can also be one half of a Gym Couple, killing time while their partner is working out. I have seen women who are dressed in tights and a SKIRT, not to mention large amounts of eye makeup, walking on treadmills. And they wonder why they never lose weight…

Talking on the phone while working out...really?!

Talking on the phone while working out…really?!

4. The Upside Down Triangle – chicken legs, massive upper body. This category is ALL men. Now I’m not saying it’s easy, if you’re an ectomorph, to build muscle in this area, but for men it’s a lot easier and there really is no excuse – if you can build huge muscles in your upper body, you can certainly build decent quads, hamstrings and glutes to go with them. And in fact if you build your leg muscles, you’ll be able to lift way more weight overall anyway. I can’t speak for every woman on the planet, but I see these guys at the gym and I just laugh (while simultaneously expecting them to over-balance). Despicable Me comes to mind… 😉

Always work legs

5. The Get In, Get Out-er – I am definitely of this variety. I get in to the gym, I already know what I’m going to do so I’m prepared, and I’m out of there 45-60 minutes later. I don’t want to be sociable at the gym, I’m not there to look at myself (I can do that at home thanks), to make friends or to have any sort of social life at the gym at all. I get in, I do what I have to do, and then I get out. Done.

Oh yes. This.

Oh yes. This.

6. The Gross Personal Habits Person – Where do I start? How about with my local gym at Ashfield. They actually had to speak to a guy at my gym after several people complained that he was hocking up a loogie and then spitting it into the water cooler. Yeah. F*cking disgusting. Also there’s the sign below that was placed in the bathroom. You know, just in case you couldn’t figure it out. I’m gonna break this down: don’t spit in the gym, please wipe down machines and cardio equipment after you’ve used it (no one wants to touch your sweat), and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD wear deodorant before you workout. That is all.

Toilet etiquette

You shouldn’t have to be told! Especially not with diagrams…

7. The ‘Always at the Gym’ – This guy or girl is the regular at the gym. No matter what time, day or night, you go, they are always there. Usually good friends with the gym owners or staff, they’re always hanging around. Obsessed with fitness or have no life, it’s hard to say which applies.

This list is by no means conclusive – who knows other types of people who frequent gyms? Do you find them annoying or inspiring?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

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