12 Types of People You See at the Gym

Two men exercising.

If you consider yourself a gym-goer, you tend to see some familiar faces: the regulars, friends, maybe a colleague or two. But you also begin to see certain types of people.

Sometimes, these people make you laugh. Other times, they make you cringe. And sometimes, they may even make you a little angry.

The Selfie King/Queen

The King is probably about to get his last set of curls in. The Queen might be getting ready to start a fitness class or log some treadmill miles. But first, let them take their selfies.

With the growing popularity of social media and front-facing smartphone cameras, the Selfie Kings and Queens seem to have doubled in population. You see them often—in front of the mirrors by the free weights, in the corner of the cardio machine area where the prime lighting is, or even out by the lap pool.

Wherever they are, just know they will never miss an opportunity to let all of their friends and followers know they're exercising.

The Grunter

"AHH!"
"OHH!"
"PFF!"

You can hear The Grunter from across the gym. Luckily, the improved technology and convenience of headphones has reduced the impact of The Grunter. If you forget your music, though, you're in for a long workout.

The Profuse Sweat Dripper

OK, seriously? Did you just get out of the pool? Is it raining outside?

The Profuse Sweat Dripper is especially dreaded at gyms that don't hand out free workout towels. Some of them are gracious enough to wipe down machines and benches when they're finished. The others? Let's just say you might want to bring your own towel.

The Social Butterfly

The Social Butterfly is found—or more likely heard—at the gym often. This is the man or woman that spends more time talking than exercising.

They're probably blabbering about the last night's episode of their favorite television series or the latest neighborhood gossip. Similar to The Grunter situation, let's just hope you have your headphones with you.

The Gearaholic

Nike this, Nike that. Under Armour shorts, Adidas hat.

The Gearaholic is the one who spent more money on his or her workout outfit than the yearlong gym membership alone. They don't necessarily affect you—it's not your money, after all—but you can't help but notice them out of the corner of your eye and question their tactics. It's not the arrow; it's the Indian, chief.

The Equipment Hog

"Excuse me, I'm using that machine."

"No, you're not. You're 15 feet away doing push-ups," you think to yourself.

The Equipment Hog could very well be the most difficult to deal with. He or she is all about those supersets, and if that means they unofficially reserve two machines, four dumbbells, and 10 feet of floor space, then so be it.

They're often in great shape, and are doing quite a difficult workout. But that doesn't mean you aren't entitled to at least one major eye roll and a few unpleasant words under your breath when they ask you to move.

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Hunter Hewitt

Hunter Hewitt is the fitness editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys weightlifting, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt

Hunter Hewitt is the fitness editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys weightlifting, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt

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