THERE SHE IS, for the third time this week. And she’s hot. Dare you approach her?
Guys have typically been told never to hit on a girl at the gym—it’s, you know, creepy. But recent surveys have shown that, scratch the skin of any workout spot and underneath you’ll find a raging singles joint whose members—both men and women—have more than one kind of workout on their minds.
“I’ve seen many relationships, and even some marriages, that started in the gym,” says Jaclyn Sklaver, C.P.T., a coach and sports nutritionist at NYC’s Peak Perform. “If you’re into fitness and health, chances are you won’t meet somebody in a bar who fits your lifestyle. So the gym is the perfect place to spark romance.” L.A. trainer Holly Perkins, C.S.C.S., founder of Women’s Strength Nation, agrees. “Yes, I see it all the time!” she says. “There’s something primal and sexy about a gym. We’re hot and sweaty, wearing revealing clothes; there are tons of pheromones in the air and music—it’s like its own kind of nightclub.”
In short, not only is the gym not a “no-hit zone,” it can actually be a terrific place to meet potential dates—but only if you do it right. To find out the proper way to make your move, we asked Sklaver, Perkins, and a panel of female gymgoers to tell us the best and worst tactics for striking up a conversation—and possibly a relationship—with that girl you’ve got your eye on. Here’s what they told us.