People watching at the gym is an entertaining and informative activity.
Spend enough time in the gym and you no doubt have seen some of this cast of interesting characters.
This list isn’t limited to just Male characters either. Plenty of women do strange things in the gym too.
Keep reading to see if you’ve spotted any of these different kinds of people you see at the gym.
THE EQUIPMENT HOG
You know this one. This is the person who is on the machine or spot you need, and they are taking their sweet time Usually, on their cellphones for minutes, they pump out a few reps and continue staring at their phones or talking to a friend.
THE PERSON WHO SINGS OR RAPS WHATEVER THEY ARE LISTENING TO
While working out you may experience someone who likes to sing or rap whatever song they are listening to out loud. They will usually be singing very loudly so everyone around them can hear.
THE GUY WHO GIVES ADVICE TO ALL THE GIRLS
The guy who gives advice to all the girls always knows what he’s talking about. The girls he talks to also always need help with their form, even if they’ve been lifting longer than this guy has. He’s closely related to the next two.
THE GUY WHO STARES
The closely related cousin to the guy who talks to all the girls. He’s the less aggressive version. The guy who stares looks at everyone in the gym, but usually it’s a man staring at women. Unlike his more aggressive cousin above, the guy who stares will simply keep throwing the occasional hard stare at women, and occasionally make eye contact they quickly break away.
THE OLDER GUY WHO USED TO LIFT “A LOT”
The older guy who used to lift “a lot of weight” used to very in shape. He could throw around that tiny weight you struggle to lift like a feather-light pillow case.
He enjoys going up to anyone nearby and telling them this, and also likes to tell the story of how he “hurt himself” so he can’t lift like that anymore.
THE GEAR JUNKIE
Everyone’s seen that one person who’s decked out in all name brand sportswear and a big watch on in the gym.
This person always acts like they are training for some big event coming up.
They seem to be trying to send a message to you with all their logos and shiny new clothes and accessories.
SELFIE/SOCIAL MEDIA QUEEN
You know they’re working out because there’s a picture of them in the gym posted online every time they hit the gym. They always seem to find the best angles in the mirror for their selfies.
THE ONE WHO FORGETS THEIR GYM CLOTHES
I don’t think this person really forgets their gym clothes but it looks like they did.
The kind of person who “forgets” their gym clothes will work out in dark-wash jeans and t-shirt, polo shirt, or old tank top. This the same kind of person who sometimes wears landscaping clothes to the gym.
The CrossFit enthusiast/wannabe is a new development in gym culture.
For whatever reason, they decided to incorporate CrossFit style workouts into their routine. This means a lot of cleaning the weight off the floor (lifting it fast), and fast-paced workouts requiring multiple stations and machines.
A lot of space is needed for these workouts.
The best reason I can come up with for the rise of CrossFit wannabes it the high monthly cost of a CrossFit gym.
THE ONE IN THE MIRROR
The person who looks back in the mirror in front of you at the gym is always different. Your reflection shows how you change from the day to day. It’s the only different “person” you should worry about in the gym.
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