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Meeting Someone at the Gym

Have You Ever Dated Someone From the Gym?

One of my co-workers recently went out on a date with a guy she met after running a 12K. When he approached her, she was still in her running gear, bib number and all. He told her on their date that the reason he went up to her that day was because he was attracted to the fact that she seemed healthy and athletic.

My co-worker's story made me wonder if it was common to date someone you met while working out. It makes total sense to be attracted to people who share a similar lifestyle, but the whole approach seems like it could be incredibly awkward or invasive.

Have any of you ever dated someone you worked out with? If you've got any funny anecdotes, tips, or success stories, share those in the comments section too — I'd love to hear them!

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No, I've always been attached when I attended the gym. I'm a faithful person, so I always declined the offers I got.
InShapeMommy InShapeMommy 7 years
I met my husband at the gym. We used to work out at the same time and kept eyeing one another. I guess you can say the rest is history! We even wore our running shoes to the reception!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
When I was in college, I would get hit on at the gym and I never understood it. I was there to work out and most definitely did not want to be noticed. Never dated anyone from the gym. Now if I go to the gym, it's with my hubby, so no need to worry about getting hit on. I had a friend who just broke up with a guy she met at the gym and it's really awkward because it was a bad breakup. She's going to the gym now when she thinks he wont' be there. I couldn't do that.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I always look like crap when I'm working out and when I was dating, I did not want future boyfriend-material guys to have the first impression of me being sweaty and smelly and all red-faced. But I have gone on running dates before...meeting someone for the first time over coffee and planning a date where we worked out together later on. At least that way, he knows you clean up nicely.
mek123 mek123 7 years
One of my good friends who I meet at the gym about 15 years ago, met her husband at the gym about 5 years ago.
vanillabean vanillabean 7 years
I would welcome the opportunity! I spend most of my time there, and don't want to give up any of those sessions. And most of the men I know outside the gym are couch potatoes. Then again, as mentioned many times above, I look and smell something awful at the gym. So chances are very slim (no pun intended).
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Well my gym is at my work now so that would mean a whole bunch of other issues, but there's a weekly 5K I run in the summers (usually with my boyfriend) and I swear if he leaves me alone for a second I invariably get hit on. I've been trying to get my single friends to go there but they don't run!
natasha1970 natasha1970 7 years
Sinnamon I agree with you.If you break it would be uncomfortable...especially if you break up when you've just renewed your annual Besides, I'm from a culture that wouldn't approve of me dating my trainer (even if he was the hottest thing on earth).
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I think socializing (which leads to dating possibilities) is a normal at the gym. It's only awkward or invasive if somebody is bothering you while you are actively working out. Chatting a little by the doors or the water fountain (or after the race) is cool. I met my boyfriend at the swimming pool.
Sinnamon-Jones Sinnamon-Jones 7 years
I've been asked out by folks at the gym.. I've even thought about dating my trainer.. lol. But I wouldn't. I think that would make things awkward if it didn't work out. I'm at the gym quite a bit and really wouldn't want to see him that often...
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I met my current boyfriend at the gym and it is a great relationship. Exercising is extremely important to me, I go to the gym nearly every day and it is not something I am wiling to compromise on so it is nice to date someone who understands that and spends as much time at the gym as I do. I also love that I am a sweaty mess at the gym and he finds that attractive, I dont have to be all dolled up to look good to him. We work out together now and are currently training to run a marathon:)
michlny michlny 7 years
My friend met her husband at the gym! And another is going to get engaged soon to her BF she met at the gym. Totally makes sense - you share a common love of exercise & fitness....
cg130 cg130 7 years
I can't imagine anyone ever finding me attractive at the gym - I've got the whole red-faced, disgusting hair, super-sweaty look. also, being interrupted in my workout would bug me.
natasha1970 natasha1970 7 years
I would but NOT the trainer....
jkat jkat 7 years
"all the time" is too much. I dated a guy from the gym once, and have been asked out at the gym several times. Always shocks me because I sweat like a beast and am bright red at the gym. I certainly wouldn't be asking me out...
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Every single guy I've ever seen/chatted with at a race is a total jerk, egotistical, and just all around stuck up. Obviously you saw me come in at a slow pace, so do you think telling me that you finished in half my time is going to make me think you're awesome? Take your skinny bones elsewhere! When I'm running, I just want to be left alone; that's the whole point!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I look like a disaster at the gym... so nope, if I was not married, I doubt I would get a date at the gym.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
i dated my trainer -- i think that is about as much into dating somebody from the gym as you can get!!
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