10 Pickup Lines for the Gym Just Cheesy Enough to Work
The gym can be a great spot to grab a date. For starters, you already know you have at least one thing in common. But it can also be a social minefield. Most gymgoers are there for the sole purpose of working out, but sparking a potential relationship (or at least a friendship) can still be done.
So start simple: Never underestimate the power of making eye contact and smiling at your gym crush. Use this just prior to approaching said crush to test the waters and make sure the vibe and timing is right. If it is not reciprocated, it’s probably best to slow your roll.
But if you get the green light you will want to employ a charming and memorable approach. First impressions are important, so make sure your opening line is as strong as your personal records. Here are a few ideas to start you off. Sure, they’re a bit cheesy, so deliver these with an appropriately goofy-but-endearing grin.
1. BEST: "Squat here often?"
Cliche with a twist. It’s a short-and-sweet question that is bound to get a good chuckle and pique the other person’s interest (or let you know they are not in the mood). Just make sure you deliver it with a good-natured smile — as opposed to channeling your inner Fabio.
2. BEST: "Wanna grab a post-workout smoothie?"
Think of a healthy spot located nearby, preferably in easy walking distance. This will take your relationship outside of the gym, where you can casually chat it up without having to deal with the loud gym crowds.
3. BEST: "What are you training today?"
If you’ve been going to the same gym for a while, this shows you’re interested in not only how they look, but also how they train to get their physique. And it doesn’t hurt if you “just so happen” to be training the same muscle groups as they are.
4. BEST: "Can I work in with you?"
Take No. 3 to the next level by asking if they mind if you work in with them. If your love interest is working out on a machine that you also plan to use (you should actually need to use the machine and not just use it because they are using it), break the ice and ask if you can work in. Then strike up a friendly conversation in between sets.
5. BEST: "Do I need tickets to this gun show?"
This is a slight variation on the OG of all gym pickup lines. Although it has been used many times before, it lightens the mood every time. The key here is to have fun with it. Plus, it’s always nicer to compliment their guns instead of pointing out yours, which can come off too cocky.
6. BEST: "Have you tried the new cycling class?"
Use this line to segue into a gym date. If your crush seems into it, invite him or her to join you for the next class and create a new mutual challenge. This will connect the both of you — physically and mentally.
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7. BEST: "Do you need a Band-Aid? Because you're all cut up!"
Everyone loves a compliment. Bonus points for a witty dad joke. Another variation on this: “Do you need a needle and thread? Because you’re ripped!” Whichever you choose, deliver your line with attitude that says, “I know this is cheesy, but I wanted to make you chuckle.”
8. BEST: "Want to join me on this great hiking trail I found?"
Here is your chance to get to know each other outside of the gym. It’s also the opportunity to exchange phone numbers, which means the texting games can begin. Just make sure that you pick a public trail in a populated area.
9. BEST: "You are a beast!"
Compliments are always appreciated, whether your end game is a date or not. Let your crush know you’ve got your eye on them and respect their dedication. Bonus points for a high-five.
10. BEST: "What's your Instagram?"
This one is more of an ending line, but if there’s chemistry, don’t be afraid to ask your crush what their Instagram handle is. DM them a day or two later saying it was great to meet them. Resist the urge to move too fast; just let the romance evolve in the gym and bloom online. It assures contact even on rest days.
1. WORST: "You're doing that wrong. Let me show you how."
No one likes to be embarrassed when they’re working out. Unless they are in imminent danger of hurting themselves or others, correcting someone’s form is a touchy subject.
2. WORST: "How many sets do you have left?"
This questions may seem innocent enough, but it sets a slightly rude and rushing tone, implying that only your workout matters. Instead, opt for, “Can I work in with you?” Never rush someone during their precious workout time. Instead, work out next to them and start the small talk.
3. WORST: "Here, let me spot you."
Again, unless someone is about to hurt themselves, do not just walk up to them and start spotting them. Everyone has their right to personal space. And some need more than others. If you’re all about spotting them, though, try, “If you ever need a spot, I can help you out.” Just make sure they’re not in the middle of a set.
4. WORST: “Hey, I don’t mean to bother you….”
You may not mean to bother them, but if they are in the middle of a set, you likely are bothering them. Never walk up when someone is in the process of exercising. Work out first, chat later.
You can approach someone if their breaks seem longer than a minute. But the best time to strike up a conversation is when they’ve completed their workout. Then you won’t need to apologize for interrupting.
5. WORST: "Insert awkward silence here."
No one likes an awkward, silent encounter. So be prepared with some go-to topics, just in case your mind suddenly goes blank.
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6. WORST: "You have a really nice body."
This means you have been starring at this person’s body without them knowing. Not to mention it can come off as shallow. Compliment their outfit or ask about their shoes rather than their body. “I love your shoes; where’d you get them?” is a good alternative. Give them a compliment and finish with a question to further the conversation.
What Do YOU Think?
Have you ever used a pickup line at the gym? What about simply asking someone out at the gym? Have you ever been asked out at the gym? Are there opening lines that you think work? Are there ones that definitely don’t? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!