Sometimes it feels like the gym is my second home — but I'll take the name "gym rat" in stride! If you can relate, you'll get a kick out of these GIFs.
It's one of the most popular forms of exercise for a reason, but we all rock the sport in different ways. Tell us, what type of runner are you?
Goes in pissed, comes out blissed.
It feels like I got caught in a thunderstorm! But wait — I'm inside!
Hooray for running! Running is the best! I feel like I could run another 12 miles and still be smiling. Yay!
Might as well turn your music down since I'll sing you my entire playlist.
Ugh, every step hurts. It hurts to breathe. Can I be done already?
I run, I run alone.
Watch me leap over this bench, spin around this stroller, and jet between this crowd. Just. For. Fun.
Like a cheetah chasing prey, I run like it's my job.
I'm doing my thing, not a care in the world, not worrying what anyone thinks.
All decked out in the latest running gear, I definitely look the part even when I'm not running.
I'm psyched to get in five miles before most people are even awake.
I'm running fast just to get this over with (or maybe I've got a post-run glass of wine waiting for me!).
Going from home to work to gym can require a lot of forethought: you need an easy-off work outfit, a whole gym look, and a well-stocked bag to take you from day to night seamlessly. Don't make having an empty gym bag be the reason why you skipped a workout today — read our tips for making your gym bag routine work for you.
- Always pack the night before: You don't want to have to scramble to find a pair of socks when you're already running late in the morning. Make a habit of repacking your bag every night before you go to bed; you'll be grateful the next morning when you have one less thing to deal with. Don't forget to fill your water bottle and keep it in the fridge to grab right before you head out as well.
- Wipes are your best friend: Whether it's wiping off pore-clogging makeup before Zumba or giving yourself a quick refresh when you realize you're late for a meeting, having a stash of face or body wipes will help you get where you need to be in a flash. We like the cooling, affordable Yes to Cucumbers face wipes ($8).
- And the extras: It always helps to keep a few extra items in your gym bag for those days when you realize you forgot something essential. Hair ties, band-aids, and a few nonperishable snacks are just a few extras that should find a home in your gym bag. Here are some more items to pack.
- Keep it separate: Wet swimsuits, just-used shower shoes, and sweaty workout clothes can breed bacteria. Keep a plastic or resusable wet bag in your gym bag — or designate an entire compartment for these items only — so you can keep damp clothes contained.
- Clean it out: For similar germ-related reasons, make sure you give your gym bag a regular clean out. Take some time every weekend to throw away any old tissues or half-eaten snacks that have made their way into your bag, clean those shower shoes, and wipe down or wash the bag itself in order to prevent germs from festering.
Some nights, heading to the gym is a no-brainer, but other days, it takes a little more commitment. If you've found yourself bailing from the gym lately, you'll be able to relate to (at least) one of these GIFs.
I work out all the time. I deserve a break!
The weather is so gnarly.
I've got to run those errands.
I can't deal with seeing her.
I ate so healthy all day.
Maybe I'll do a workout DVD once I'm home! Maybe . . .
I need a glass of wine.
What if that guy is finally at happy hour . . . ?
Everyone told me I looked so fit today! Who needs the gym?
All my "good" workout clothes are dirty.
I haven't seen my boyfriend, girlfriend, puppy (insert your "person" here) all day.
Today was so stressful. I just need some "me" time.
Basically, I have big plans at home.
Many a calorie has been burned at the gym, and for the most part, everyone either keeps to themselves or offers help or motivation when you need it. But sometimes we have to share the gym with these people — some are just so annoying that I get why people work out at home! Which one bothers you the most?
Maybe you didn't realize — this is a gym not a bar.
Note: this person could also be viewed as amazing.
The Look-at-MeYeah, you're awesome. Thanks for sharing.
The Equipment Hog
What are you, three? Share people!
The Extreme Worker-Outer
Take it down a notch, dude.
Have you noticed that you're the only one talking?
Ever heard of soap or clean laundry?
The Perfume CounterDirections: one spray, not one bottle.
We could do without the profane outbursts.
How about a little personal space?
The Germ SpreaderWhat's with the stash of used tissues in the cup holder? And I know you didn't wipe down the machine!
The Expert Who's Not
Does it look like I asked for your help or advice?
Depending on the season or weather, sometimes the treadmill is a necessity, and everyone has got their own personal style! If it's been a while since your last treadmill run, here are some of the most common (and inventive) habits you can expect to see at the gym. And if you happen to fall into one of the "quirk" categories, take my advice to heart.
Pushing yourself past your limits is necessary for growth, but don't go too quickly too soon. Gym newbies should start slow with a walk-run treadmill plan and build up their stamina from there.
The Music Buff
We feel you on this one, Brad! The right music can really make or break a workout. Rock out to one of these running playlists at the gym to put a skip in your step and help you keep pace.
Take your Goldfish elsewhere, pal. A little water is essential to stay hydrated, but that's all the sustenance you need for your treadmill run.
Forget the haters, and focus on your health. There's nothing more inspiring than seeing someone who's committed to their goals look confident in a sea of rock-hard bods at the gym. Even if you're feeling a bit insecure, fake it till you make it!
At some point, every gym rat has seen some cuckoo shaking their tail feathers with killer choreography. This guy nailed it, but remember: safety first! There are too many treadmill fails that start off looking this way. (And this way = incredible.)
The TV Enthusiast
Catching up on your favorite TV shows on the treadmill ensures you make it to the gym, but don't so caught up you forget to run! Your multitasking habits should not come at the price of a quality workout.
Or You Can Stay Outside (For Now) . . .
The weather will cool off soon, so make the most of warm temperatures while they last. And once things start to feel like Fall, work on transitioning your workout back inside to the land of the treadmills.
Can't figure out what's taking a toll on your workout? Our friends at Health share four sneaky culprits that can derail even the best workout intentions.
It takes a lot of time and effort to fit regular exercise into a busy lifestyle — for most of us, getting to the gym is a feat in and of itself. The standard midweek workout requires us to clear our schedules, pack gear in advance, and resist those inevitable last-minute excuses. That's why nothing is worse than psyching yourself up to sweat it out, only to have a (relatively minor) speed bump derail your entire workout. To make the most of your hard-earned gym time, plan ahead to avoid these workout-ruining problems.
Everyone has those yoga pants that don't really fit — the ones we vow never to wear again while pulling them up for the umpteenth time in class. But when laundry day rolls around and they're the only pair left, we end up slipping them on yet again. In addition to being distracting, ill-fitting clothing can be a serious confidence-buster. Kristen James, area fitness manager for Equinox and creator of CYCLEology, stresses the importance of finding things you feel good in. "It will motivate you to work harder — face it, the gym is filled with mirrors!" she says. One great rule for workoutwear is that you shouldn't notice it. So whether you have a sports bra so tight it constricts your breathing or shorts that won't stop riding up, get rid of them. These items won't magically become more comfortable, and until you give them the boot, they'll keep on bringing you down.
Most of us consider our iPods to be gym essentials; a well-crafted playlist can make even the most grueling treadmill session fly by. But if you've ever spent a 45-minute run readjusting slippery earbuds, then you know how important it is to find the right pair. Avoid the frustration of jamming buds into your ears by investing in a set of quality headphones. Heidi Anderson, a trainer at Sports Club/LA in Boston, is a huge fan of Skullcandy’s Chops ($20). Since they stay put and are relatively inexpensive, you won't be too upset if you lose them. If you're willing to spend a bit more, James recommends Urbanears Stay-in-Place headphones ($50), which actually come with tiny tabs that can be changed for a perfectly custom fit. Brilliant!
Keep reading for two more things to prep for, so they don't ruin your next workout.
Getting those endorphins flowing is supposed to reduce stress when we work out, but somehow anxious thoughts seem to sneak in when we're trying to enjoy this time to ourselves. Here are some common things we tend to think and fret over that can get in the way of a good workout.
Crap! Did I Leave the Oven On?
Definitely don't want to burn down my house for the sake of burning calories.
Are My Boobs Hanging Out?
I knew I should have worn a different sports bra!
When Was This Last Cleaned?
It's probably better if you don't even think about it.
What's With the Creep in the Corner Ogling Me?
Is My Butt Showing?
Maybe low-rise yoga pants weren't a good idea after all.
Will I Ever Look That Ripped?
What If I Mess Up and Everyone Sees?
I Hope I Don't Look Like Her
I know we're supposed to let loose in Zumba, but there's a fine line.
When Will This Be Over?
Did My Trainer Just Cop a Feel?
Um, that is not my shoulder.
If you're a hit-the-gym-for-a-class kind of girl, I'm sure you've experienced your fair share of fitness instructors — some good, and some not so good. And then there's this group . . .
This person thinks everyone wants to date him or her; they're all touchy-feely, winking left and right, and giving away their phone number like class is happy hour. And they never get the hint that you're not interested.
The High and Mighty
We get it. You're great at what you do, and people love you for it. Please get off your pedestal and come down to sweat with the rest of us.
The Insane Hard-Ass
This teacher is so crazy-intense, you wonder if you walked into an actual boot camp by accident. Your body shakes, your sweat is pooling on the floor, and she makes you do an extra set. And don't you dare reach for your reusable bottle — water is for wusses!
Oooh, I love this song, who sings it?! Beyoncé, you say? Let's keep it that way.
This teacher believes that motivation is measured by decibels in their voice — the louder they scream, the more reps you'll do. But we really don't need you to do that the entire 60-minute class, thanks.
There's a fine line between connecting with your students and sharing information you'd only share with your doctor, your mom, or your BFF. Sorry, but no, I don't want to hear about your bathroom issues or any other issues for that matter.
Keep on reading for more of the worst fitness instructors.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to work out like a celebrity? I was recently invited to take a Tracy Anderson Method class and finally understood what all the hype was about. I found my first-time class experience to be playful, challenging, and inspiring. The time flew by, and I couldn't help but feel lucky the whole way through — even though I nearly passed out at the end from the heat!
Tracy's method is loved by actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Hough, and Kirsten Dunst, and those who want to sweat with the stars pay the price; a membership at the LA Brentwood-neighborhood location costs $500 every month, and space is very limited to keep every class intimate.
If you've always dreamed about stepping into her exclusive studio, click through to learn more, and see just how gorgeous and luxe her LA space is for yourself.