4. Know your zombies
I am seeing someone whom I met while she was finishing up a run. I was parking my car and noticed she had an iPhone, so I told her about the funny-yet-awesome app called Zombies, Run! It simulates a movie-style zombie chase while you run: Speed up to outrun a mob of zombies, slow down to avoid others, and so on. In addition to not being a usual pick-up line, this “opener” gave us something to talk about.
A zombie app seem too silly? Keep up-to-date on interesting fitness topics. Not necessarily hardcore science (Arguing about macronutrient ratios? Nah.), but rather the stuff that is interesting on a human interest level. Think bizarre gym stories, new technologies, athletic feats, and so on.