Hitting the gym isn’t only good for improving your fitness. Going to the gym can also be a great place to make new friends. However, finding the right people and the right time to approach them can be difficult.
Thankfully, there are some steps that you can take to help you break the ice and start making new friends at your favorite gym.
Looking for Your New Gym Buddy
Go to the gym regularly. Part of making new friends at the gym is knowing who you might want to be friends with. Being regular can also help your potential friends get used to your presence at the gym, allowing them to feel a bit more familiar with you.
Find a gym that you love and start regularly attending to help you start making new friends. Don’t approach people that are brand new to the gym. Let them get familiar with the gym before you try to make friends.
Make sure your gym has regulars that you feel you could become friends with.
Try taking classes.
Taking classes at your gym can be a great way to help you meet new people and make new friends. Being in a class with other people can help you feel like you are already part of a team and can give you both something to connect over.
Try signing up for some of your favorite fitness classes to help you meet new friends at the gym.
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Make sure you smell and look nice.
Although you are trying to meet new people at the gym, you are also there to work out. You might not smell or look your best after a tough workout and approaching someone new at that moment isn’t the best idea.
Make sure you look presentable and smell good before trying to meet someone new.
Look online for workout partners.
You don’t have to approach a stranger in the gym to find a new friend. You can try using social media or specialized websites to look for someone who wants to team up and work out.
Try looking online to find someone who is also looking for a new friend at the gym.
- You can try looking for friends on your gym’s social media profile
- There are websites and apps that help you find local workout partners.
- Try looking for a partner that is near your fitness level.
- Finding someone with the same fitness goals or favorite workouts can be a good idea.
Start a conversation with someone.
Although it may be uncomfortable, there are many ways you can start a conversation with someone at the gym. Starting a conversation will be the first step in building a new friendship. Try opening up a conversation by using some of these examples:
- Try offering a compliment about something they are wearing.
- Ask them where they found their workout gear.
- Try asking about any classes or sports teams you could join.
Ask for help.
Asking for help can be a great way to start building a new friendship at the gym. Most people will be happy to help you out and show you how to do an exercise or operate a piece of workout gear.
If they agree to help you and seem friendly, try opening up the conversation a bit to make a connection.
- You could try asking how to turn on a treadmill.
- You might need help understanding how to use a weight machine.
- You could ask if someone knows the proper form for lifting weights.
Asking someone to partner up for a workout can be a great way to start building a new friendship. Although most workouts can be done alone, having a partner can help you get a better workout and make a new friend.
Try asking someone you’ve met at the gym to partner up during a workout to help build up your friendship.
- Some weight-based exercises require a partner to do safely.
- Running with someone can be a great way to talk and get in a workout.
- Working out with someone can provide extra motivation to push yourself harder.
Don’t interrupt someone’s workout.
When you are approaching someone for the first time at the gym, timing is key. You won’t want to interrupt their workout or approach someone who isn’t interested in socializing. Make sure you won’t be interpreting someone’s time at the gym when you try to start a conversation.
- Don’t talk to someone if they have earbuds in or headphones on.
- Avoid approaching someone if they are lifting weights, running hard, or are otherwise heavily working out.
- Try to speak with people before or directly after their workouts.
Don’t try to show off at Gym.
Showing off at the gym isn’t a great idea when trying to make new friends. Many people aren’t interested in your workouts and likely won’t even notice them. Other people may notice that you’re showing off and actually lose interest in being your friend.
- Some men may try to impress women at the gym by lifting as heavy as they can, grunting, yelling, or flexing. Most women won’t even notice this behavior and may actually be annoyed by it.
- Women who focus on looking good or showing off at the gym instead of working out, might not be taken very seriously by fellow gym-goers.