8 People You Will Definitely Find At A Fitness Class
Are you one of them?!
There’s nothing quite like the camaraderie that an exercise class generates - once you’ve sweated your way through circuits or wobbled into the ‘crow’ at yoga together, you’re bound to feel some common ground.
However, not all group workout lovers are the same, by any means. In fact, whether it’s strength training or spin, there are some very distinct types we’ve spotted, and they definitely add some entertainment to our exercise regimes…
Before you dive in, check out this speedy abs workout.
1. The teacher’s pet
First in, last out, and absolutely always found at the front of the class. In fact, this person is so well-established they normally have their own spot in the studio, which no-one else dares stand in.
Often found fetching a mat for the instructor or laughing excessively loudly over their jokes, the teacher’s pet displays the kind of behaviour that was irritating in school, but is actually quite endearing in a fully grown adult.
2. The permanently confused one
Another person with a special place in our heart, and occasionally an elbow in our face, is the class-goer who literally CANNOT get their head around the routine, no matter how many times they’ve attended.
We understand that not everyone has great coordination, but this person has an almost unfathomable ability to do their own sweet thing while everyone else follows the instructor in a perfectly synchronised routine. We kind of love their perseverance, although not so much when they’re accidentally bashing into us halfway through Body Attack.
3. The noisy one
In life there are always people who like to make a scene, and while most of us keep a low profile during fitness classes, there’s always one who feels the need to scream/bellow/grunt their way through the whole affair.
Most commonly found at martial arts-inspired and HIIT classes, these people do their very best to drown out any kind of soundtrack with their own personal cacophony, which is really quite unsettling for everyone else. For the love of our ear drums, please pipe down.
4. The competitive one
Whoever said it’s the taking part that counts clearly had not met this class-goer, who treats every workout session as if it’s the Olympic Games.
Whether they’re demonstrating their ability to sprint across the room fastest, do burpees at twice the rate of a normal human or hold a plank for 15 minutes, for them group fitness is all about showing they’re the world’s greatest, period.
5. The gossipers
Is it an exercise class, or a coffee shop? This pair genuinely aren’t sure.
In fairness, for many people exercise is about the only ‘me time’ available, which is why classes becomes an opportunity for a chinwag. Harmless, but generally disapproved of by fitness instructors.
6. The perfect girl
While you are sweating and gasping your way through an exercise class, this girl remains absolutely perfect-looking throughout, complete with shiny, swishy ponytail, golden tan, and not a drop of perspiration on her designer fitness gear.
If this is you, all we can ask is that you please share your secrets, immediately.
7. The newbie
The one category we’ve all fallen into is that of the newbie - pottering around nonplussed as everyone knowingly grabs equipment, or trying to follow a routine more complicated than Einstein’s theory of relativity which everyone else has nailed.
If you see this person, be friendly - it’s no fun feeling like the class idiot!
8. The token bloke
With the proliferation of new classes, the gender split in group exercise is starting to become more equal. Pop along to a Zumba or aerobics class, however, and chances are it will be 99% female - which is where the token bloke really comes into his own.
Absolutely unfazed about bouncing around in Lycra surrounded by women, and not giving two hoots about the idea of attending a ‘girly’ class, we totally salute the token blokes of the fitness world.
Words by Sophie Hines