Looking for a fun new way to meet your ‘swole-mate’? Look no further than workout wooing! This alliterative dating trend involves making exercise the focus of your first date, whether that means hitting the gym, going for a run, or trying out a fitness class together.
Sure, it might not be as traditional as a dinner and a movie, but for fitness-loving singles, it’s a match made in gym heaven. In fact, a recent study by Bumble and Gymshark found that nearly half of single millennials would rather switch it up and meet someone at the gym than at a club. After all, many of them are already working out in gyms or fitness centres, so if they meet a potential love interest there, deciding to exercise together later becomes a logical transition.
With so many exercise and fitness centres around, there’s never been a better time to sweat your way to love. And with the rise of fitness dating apps and social media groups, your chances of finding your perfect match have never been higher. So why not give workout wooing a try and see if you can find your fit-flame?
Back in the 1960s, gym chains existed in the US, but they were scarce and women weren’t as active in public spaces as they are today, except in Aerobics studios. Consequently, hitting the gym wasn’t the ideal spot to find a romantic partner.
Fast forward to today, and the fitness industry has exploded, with a wide variety of boutique fitness studios, 24-hour gyms, and health centres to choose from. This makes the likelihood of meeting someone special during a workout much higher than it was 60 years ago.
Additionally, social media has helped improve the odds of meeting a potential partner at a gym or fitness studio. Today, you can find several Facebook groups as well as fitness-focused dating apps where you can post about a workout and privately message someone who piques your interest.
Dating websites and mobile apps like Tinder, Bumble, and eHarmony have quickly become some of the most popular ways to find a romantic relationship. A slew of dating apps geared toward singles who love to exercise are also emerging everywhere. These apps claim to be a community for people who love to exercise, value health and fitness, and hope to meet others who share their goals and interests at their local gyms.
The bottom line?
It’s really a no brainer when you think about it. Two people, in the same place (a gym), doing the same thing (exercising) on a regular basis are likely to have similar goals and interests (being active and healthy). The same can be said for people who practise their hobbies in public, like Disc Golf or Bingo.
There’s also the additional factor of women’s safety. Ways for women to feel safe, particularly at night, has rightly been in the spotlight given the rise of terrible and often dangerous dating incidents that women face on the regular.
Seemingly meeting a stranger from a dating app can feel like a vulnerable spot to be in, which is why workout wooing and other communal hobbies can provide a sense of security, as they take place in public spaces and allow for a more casual and low-pressure approach to dating. So, joining an exercise class or a fun outdoor activity, for instance, surrounded by other like-minded people, arguably offers a more secure environment than an empty bar.
Dry dating is also on the rise, as more and more singles prioritise meaningful connections over alcohol-fueled outings. This is where workout wooing comes in, offering a fun and healthy alternative to traditional date spots focused on drinking.
It goes without saying that hitting the gym or going for a run with a date is way better for your overall health than sitting in a dingy bar and drinking yourselves into oblivion. Making that commitment to your physical well-being early on sets a good precedent if you do actually end up in a relationship. And if not, hey, at least you won’t wake up with a hangover.
Not to mention that it’s been proven that pushing yourself while exercising works wonders for your brain and your body by increasing the production of feel-good hormones known as endorphins. This dating trend is therefore a great way to share those positive vibes with a potential partner. It’s not hard to see the benefits of that!
So, if you’re a fitness enthusiast or simply curious about the flirty potential of workout wooing, why not give it a try? You might just find your perfect match while breaking a sweat.