About three years ago I decided to move cities every month. This has caused the need for me to make friends much quicker, more efficiently, and in a wider selection of venues than otherwise needed. Because of this, I’ve created a process to meet both friends and lovers in the gym environment.
Update: this has the bonus effect of increasing my motivation to go to the gym. Because of the social aspect, I more look forward to going to the gym.
It’s common to hear from someone that they don’t want to meet people at the gym, usually in reference to meeting lovers. “I don’t want to shit where I eat!” This makes 0% sense to me and I think is more associated with intimidation. I specifically want to meet people in a gym environment who share a similar mindset as me in the most important aspect of my life: health.
Our goal is two-fold:
First, visit a few nearby gyms at the time you will normally go to the gym. This accomplishes three things:
Bonus, it’s not uncommon the gyms will have a female trainer show you around. Maybe even it’s a strategy as it seems to happen more often than not. Regardless, you should befriend her as the first person you know at the gym or, if the vibes are right, you can make some bold comments to find out her reactions/interest level.
Be friendly looking (smile) and say hello to everyone. A simple ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ is fine at the initial stages (this is important. Say ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ to anyone, especially an attractive girl, nearby you and whenever the opportunity arises/when you first enter the gym and walk to your first exercise).
But, do this to everyone. Especially when you are walking around in the beginning and getting familiar with the gym, make eye contact and smile at a minimum. Don’t look lost or confused as you might in a new environment if you’re not cognizant. You’ll be surprised at how often this turns into a conversation.
Fodder for those conversations can be you comparing/contrasting your experience at other gyms (for example, in Australia, all gyms allowed you to choose the music or in Estonia, none of the gyms had water fountains and all the dumbbells were on the ground where it took you 5 minutes to locate two matching dumbbells).
First, make friends with the receptionist, trainers, and maintenance folks. Get on a first name basis with them. For trainers, you can simply go up and introduce yourself by saying that you are new to the gym and wanted to introduce yourself. Half the trainers will be dicks and non-responsive, half will be friendly.
Next, make friends with regulars (men), less attractive/older women, and gay men.
Finally, you can approach more attractive women. For the hotter girls, you want to be seen as the social guy. The guy who entered the gym and all of a sudden has many friends. This will make her more receptive to you when you approach. Also, you won’t feel like a creep only approaching the hot girl.New gym strategy: befriend the receptionist, the trainers, the cleaning staff, the gay men, the regulars. Click To Tweet
It boils down to engaging them in conversation and allowing them to allow you to engage them in conversation. It is 100% your responsibility.* You make the initial step and gauge how interested they are with their reaction. Here’s what I do:
*As an aside, it’s 100% on you to make conversation. If you’ve ever had this thought (I have many times!) “why do I have to always say hello? Why don’t they say hello to me?” Well, two things: One, you’re boring and they’re not interested in saying hi to you. Trust me, they say hi to some people, you’re not one for this reason. Two, you can stick with this mindset and put your life/happiness/friendships in other people’s hands or you can take initiative.
If you smile and she smiles back, the likelihood of a successful conversation is high. This is a non-verbal opener and is powerful as it telegraphs the success of a future interaction. With the really attractive women, they seem to be aloof most of the time, in their own world and uninterested in meeting anyone, so while walking past I usually stare at them and give them a big smile when they look which oftentimes doesn’t happen until I give a big smile anyways.Don't forget about non-verbal openers: a smile. Click To Tweet
Don’t worry so much about having to meet the hot gym girl. Unless she’s absurdly hot and the only hot one in the gym, she probably doesn’t even know it. Remember, making a female friend is just as good, if not better than forming a romantic relationship with a gym girl. Most girls can’t judge their attractiveness, or they’re self conscious or both. The value of making female friends and those females coming up to you to say hello is priceless when it comes to increasing your social value in the eyes of women and men at the gym.
For reference, here are some ways I’ve created the initial spark to friendship or more:
Don’t overcomplicate this. It’s easier than you think. Your only responsibility is to create the beginning part of the interaction. A question. A statement. A smile. Everything else works itself out. Some people will be receptive, some will not. A few will be rude. Everyone is in their own world and some of them notice you but are too shy to say anything. They want to meet you. All you need to do is let them know you’re normal and friendly.
Have you ever made a friend at the gym? A girlfriend? How did you do it? I’m especially interested to hear from my female readers.