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Use Gym Culture to Spice Up Your Social Life

You've heard your friends say it before: the gym is a great place to meet members of the opposite sex! While it may sound trite, the truth is that being a gym-goer, bodybuilder, or resistance trainee can be quite good for your social life. There are a number of ways spending time at the gym and engaging in the gym culture can help you to have a better social life:

You have a lot in common -- Think about it: you're both concerned about your health, you both spend time at the same place, and you both like to train. That's some pretty excellent common ground to work from! For the guys and girls you meet, you immediately have something to talk about, and you can build on that common ground.

You're enclosed in a small space for long periods of time -- It's just like being at a bar or a club; the only difference is that here everyone is working hard and sweating! You can see him or her for a while, see what they're like, what they do to train, and how hard they push themselves. Not in a stalker-y sort of way, but as a way of getting up your courage to talk to them.

You have an excuse to talk -- Need help striking up a conversation? There are all sorts of things you can talk about: if the machine next to them is available, if they have a recommendation for a smoothie, or how to correct your form. The gym gives you many great conversation options!

Meet new people online -- A large part of gym culture is online! You comment, share, and "Like" fitness-related content, the same content other people are commenting on, sharing, and "Liking". You can meet people on online fitness forums, message boards, and Facebook Pages. It's easy to talk to people and start interacting online!

Spend more time with people -- If you can make friends with people at the gym, it's easy to get to know them better. After all, you see them every day, so it's easy to learn more about them in short conversations between workouts. Even if it takes more time than it would with other friends, you have every day to hang out. You can also bring your friends to the gym, and the time you spend training together will be a good way to cement your friendships.

Make friends you'd never have otherwise -- If you saw that hulking bodybuilder-type on the street, you'd probably never talk to him or her. But thanks to the time you spend at the gym, you can get to know them and realize that they're awesome, friendly, and good to be around. You'd be amazed the kind of people you become friends with, all because you have something in common!

Find new activities -- You may have never realized that you love marathon running, 5K fun runs, rock climbing, rowing, or swimming, but now you do, thanks to your gym! The gym bulletin board is home to flyers for all sorts of awesome activities, and these events are a great way to broaden your horizons and be more social.

The truth is that gym culture can be an excellent way to spice up your social life! You'll find that most gym-goers are fairly friendly, easy to talk to, and willing to help you succeed--at your workouts at least. Thanks to this common ground, you've got an easy "in" with these people, and a helping hand to make it easier to meet new people and make friends.

Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people. Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise -- he does so six days a week -- and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.

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