By NATALIA HAWK
All the single ladies! All the single ladies! Put your hands up… and then grab your sport shoes and head to the gym.
Seriously, forget about pubs and clubs and all those standard picky-uppy-places. Apparently the gym is where you need to be if you’re looking for a significant other.
Disclosure statement: The concept of picking up at the gym genuinely baffles me. I have been attending various gyms, on and off, for about seven years now and I have not once experienced a romantic encounter.
This is not surprising, considering that I’m at my most unattractive when doing any form of exercise. Think bright red face and limbs. Come at me, boys.
But it seems I’m in the minority, because recently I’ve been hearing a lot of stories about picking up at the gym. It makes sense, really. Men, women, minimal clothing, dance music – the place is like a nightclub, only with more stationary bicycles.
One friend picked up a bodybuilder while doing weights. Another friend asked a gentleman to help her with a machine, and ended up going for drinks with him later in the week. ANOTHER friend has spent weeks flirting with the trainer who teaches her cross fitness class – and although he hasn’t yet asked her on a date, she reckons it’s only a matter of time.
So there you go. If you’re single and ready to mingle, get yourself a gym membership.
And if the gym isn’t quite your type of thing, I’ve come up with an entire list of other ways to pick up while exercising:
1. A coastal walk. ANY coastal walk. I often do the one in Sydney that runs from Coogee to Bondi, and – judging by the amount of crop-topped women/shirtless men – I reckon 90% of the people walking along are single.