HOW TO: Pick Up at the Gym (It’s Just Like High School)

Posted: 07/15/2011 by Singlefied in Dating, How To, Pick-Up Strategies
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The gym is a perfect place to meet hot girls…only if you do it right.  Many guys like to pick up girls while they’re working out.  BIG MISTAKE.  The gym is first and foremost a place where people go to work out.  Please don’t disrupt their routine and also it makes you look like that guy who comes to the gym to prey on sweaty girls.  Dude, your goal at the gym should be to work out as well.  That beer belly isn’t going on vacation anytime soon.

So here’s the key to picking up girls at the gym: think HIGH SCHOOL.  The gym is the perfect environment to recreate the high school mentality of the established Seniors vs. the new Freshman meat.  Remember when you were a Senior and felt like you ruled your school?  You knew all the teachers, you had an established group of friends, and you knew where all the classes were.  Didn’t it feel so good to catch a lost Freshman trying to find her way to Biology and you casually pointing her in the right direction?  And of course if she was cute, even better!

Now that you have the high school mentality, I am going to give you step-by-step instructions on how you can pick up the new Freshman class at your gym, breaking it up into the Advanced and Beginner levels:

1) Establish your seniority

Advanced: Get to know all the staff at your gym.  Shoot the shit with the guy who checks you in.  Talk to your instructors after class and get on their mailing list.  Try out a couple trial personal training sessions with different trainers.  And most importantly, get to know the membership services people.  They’re going to be key to your dating success.  Also, take classes so you familiarize yourself with them.  Explore the gym so you know where everything is: weights, cardio, stretching machines, kettle bells (girls love that shit), and mats.

Beginner: Just be good with names.  Try to learn 2 new names of staff members every time you go to the gym.  And most importantly, know the names of the membership services staff.  Also, get to know the gym and where everything is located.  Try out a new class a week so you can form your own opinion about it.

2) Spot your Freshman class

You’ve all seen staff giving prospective customers tours of the gym.  Most people take these tours during their lunch break or right after work.  These tours usually come with a free trial pass, which the customers will usually use that same day, and sometimes right after the tour.  BINGO, this is your Freshman class.  They don’t know where anything is, they don’t know anybody, but they do know they want to work out and look good.  Perfect.  Time to pounce.

3) Intercept a gym tour

When you see a hot girl on a tour, go approach the staff member who is with her.  Here’s a little insight: membership services staff love it when gym members approach them during a tour, because it shows that the gym cares and gets to know their members and you would also be like a walking testimonial for why you chose this gym.

Advanced: Since you should already know the staff member by now, go over to say “Hi,” throw in something personalized for that particular staff (“You were right about the abs class, it was a killer”), then turn to the girl and say, “You’ll love it here.  [INSERT STAFF NAME] will take good care of you.”  BAM, you just established relevance with your Freshman meat.

Beginner: Maybe you don’t know the staff member too well or you may not even know his/her name.  Don’t worry, go over and say “Hi” anyway, they’ll welcome a friendly greeting.  Then ask a quick question (“Do you know if Mark is training today?”  “Where can I find the schedule for Labor Day weekend?”  “Do you have time later I can talk to you about upgrading my membership?”).  And if you have the guts, turn to the girl and say the same thing as an the advanced technique (see above).

4) Re-approach Freshman in the hallway

Remember what I always preach, which is girls will be more open to your advances if you’ve established some sort of familiarity.  Now that you’ve done this with your tour interception, it’s time to make your move.  But DO NOT approach her during a workout, catch her on her way from the water fountain, or taking a break between machines.

Advanced: Approach her first and establish that you met her on her tour earlier, so she has context of who you are.  Then ask her what she thinks of the gym.  She may have questions or concerns and you can address those accordingly.  Maybe she wants to know what classes you recommend and since you’re well versed in all the classes, you can give your honest opinion.  Maybe she’ll ask you which trainer you like, you can even lead her to your favorite trainer and introduce the two.  Remember, you’re the established Senior and she’s the lost Freshman.  Your confidence should come across that way.

At the end of your conversation, make sure to ask if she’s thinking about joining.  If she says no, you should just ask her out.  I mean, what do you have to lose, you won’t see her again.  But if she says yes, proceed to the next step.

Beginner: You may not know names, classes and equipment as well as the advanced guy, but you do know your way around the gym.  Direct her to what she’s looking for, tell her about special quirks of the gym (“The water tastes better on the 2nd floor for some reason” “There’s a pregnant abs teacher, it’s interesting…” “If you come back after 8, it’s a lot quieter.”)  She’ll appreciate all your tips and will still look to you as the knowledgeable Senior.

5) Ask her to the Prom

Well, not necessarily the Prom, but a date at least.  Before you ask her out, make sure to have more face time.  Get to know her workout schedule and try to coincidentally match it up.  Once a friendly relationship is established, you can casually ask if you can buy a smoothie afterwards, or grab a quick dinner.  I mean, who can refuse food after a work out, right?

Good luck this weekend gym rats!  And for the rest, maybe it’s time for you to join the gym.

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  1. cevon says:

    I never thought of it that way, well put!

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    Right on!

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