It goes without saying, New Yorkers love to workout. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying fit is important to all of us. Regardless of how hectic a New Yorker’s schedule is, they make time for a gruelling workout: Sunrise, Late night, Lunchbreak, you name it, it happens. There are a handful of characters that you may have encountered in your time at the gym.
Here are our 8 favorite fitness freaks in NYC:
1. The Incredible Hulk
The most obvious type that comes to mind for most I’m sure. Most commonly he can be found in the free weights section. If you don’t see him at first, then your attention can be directed to him by hearing his grunts that follow the end of each rep; and if thats not enough of a distraction the “sex face” will be.
If Hulk isn’t on his own, then he’ll be with his homies who resemble Pauly D, Mike and Ronnie. After each set you should expect high-fives, chestbumping and shouting. The question still remains; is that sweat or baby oil?
2. The Creeper
For the ladies, this is also known as the reason you finished your workout 15 minutes early. This type can be found lurking in between machines, looking into the mirrors at others, wearing odd gym atire and pretending to look like he knows what he’s doing. If you catch the creeper in the act, he will do one of two things: 1. Get embarrassed you’ve seen him and nervously look away. 2. Give a creepy boy smile and keep gauking.
3. The Yoga Bunny Brigade
Lululemon EVERYTHING! They travel strapped to their mats, loaded with a water bottle, green shakes in one hand and inevitably wearing yoga pants. They don’t walk, they glide. Like a school of fish they glide at a rapid pace through the gym to get to the yoga class.
A pretty gracious and zen group of human beings and make the impossible poses that sound something like “the downward facing handstand scorpion wounded peacock” look effortless.
4. The Hot Girl
Every gym has a hot girl who took longer to apply her make up to wear to the gym, than the time she spends there. Her workout gear is practically sprayed on, she doesn’t care for t-shirts or tanks, just a sports bra will do. Her attire is color coordinated and she looks like something out of a commercial. Her “thinspiration” is Candice Swanepoel and her work out revolves around cardio and the three A’s: Abs, Ass and Arms. These girls barely break a sweat.
5. The Couples
The couples come in variations. There’s the gym power couple, where both tend to be ripped, tanned, wearing matching neon gym attire, have a solid routine and carry round shakers with ‘MAXI MUSCLE’ obnoxiously printed across it.
The other end of the spectrum you have the guy that made his less than eager girlfriend go with him. He acts a little like her trainer and makes her lift weights. It can be really cute until they end up in an argument because she won’t do the exercise properly.
6. The Trainer
Ex-Marine turned trainer. Most likely to be seen yelling half an inch from a poor human being’s face, shaking in the press up position. That’s a bit of an extreme. They’re incredibly ripped and fit and that can equal intimidating. They’re a pretty nice bunch once you get chatting with them though. These guys spend about 80 hours a week at the gym, before their days off which astonishingly enough, are also spent at the gym. We’re also pretty sure they have built in beds located in the locker room.
7. The Old Timer
The oldest dude there and the longest standing member. Really, hats off to him for being there! He’s tight with the gym staff and it’s likely that they are his closest friends. He’s been in the gym every day since he retired and he’ll live to 109 for sure. Keep going buddy!
8. The Selfie Taker
The one that spends time taking a gym selfie, normally in the mirror, then they turn into a “phone-face” for the next 30 minutes. Its a process; picking the best of the 47, cropping if necessary, finding a suitable filter, typing a “No pain no gain” or “Back at it” caption, tagging the gym and location, posting to Instagram, etc. An hour has passed, their time at the gym is complete. “If no selfies were posted while at the gym, did you really go to the gym?”
By: Georgia Sumner
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