Everyone has seen lists about the types of guys you meet in a gym. But what about the women? Here is a list, in no particular order. (Note: No offense is meant by any of these!)
1) The Senior Citizen
The senior citizen is quite possibly my favorite gym goer. She tends to appear at the break of dawn and often has more dedication than most. Always in a good mood and willing to strike up a conversation, but be careful because once she starts you might be trapped for a while.
How to spot her: Early morning sightings are common. She is usually walking on the treadmill, sometimes for hours at a time. Look for grey hair, glasses, and oversized sweaters.
2) The Prima Donna
This girl already thinks she's hot and has all the confidence in the world. She doesn't enjoy working out and thinks sweating is gross. So why is she at the gym? The answer is simple. There is no better place than a gym to find a high concentration of men, possibly muscular ones at that. It may sound ridiculous, but there really are women who go to the gym to meet men.
How to spot her: She usually wears a tight tank top and spandex/leggings, without shorts over, of course. Don't be shocked to see her with a face full of makeup and styled hair. Can be seen looking in the mirror, bending over to get a drink from the fountain, bending over to tie her shoe, performing any other activity that involves bending over, really.
3) The Girl Who Is "One of The Guys"
This girl means business. You won't catch her catching a glimpse of herself in the mirror, unless it's to check her form. She can lift, sweat, and talk smack with even the toughest guys in the gym. While her dedicated is admirable, she can come off as rather intimidating.
How to spot her: At the squat rack or dead lift station, probably lifting more than half the guys could. No makeup, hair tied up, simple clothes: she's here to work.
4) The Performance Artist
If you think guys are the only one's who make noises in the gym, think again. This girl doesn't just stick to grunts though. She sings on the elliptical, talks to herself while lifting weights, and generally just annoys everyone else. Her motives are unclear but it seems like she is oblivious to everyone starting.
How to spot her: Follow her voice. To confirm her identity check for headphones that block out everyone else, a confused look on her face, and crazy eyes.
5) The Stretcher
This woman spends copious amounts of time stretching. We all know it's important, but when you stretch for just as long as you exercise, it's a little excessive. Also, if you are going to stretch and spread your legs, please be sure to wear spandex underneath.
How to spot her: Hogging up the stretching mats for extended periods of time.
Who Did I miss?
Leave your additions to the list in the comments!
Angela from Marietta, Ga. on January 04, 2016:
This is hilarious yet very accurate. There's alway that person who looks like the don't know what they are doing at all.
Matthew Foreman from Las Vegas on June 07, 2012:
What about "The Reader" Girl that occupies one stationary bike or elliptical for an hour reading a novel...
Mary Wickison from Brazil on June 07, 2012:
Welcome to Hubpages.
I think you may also find the introvert. She wears baggy clothes, uses the equipment that is furthest away from anyone. She thinks everyone is looking at her and wants to hide. Too embarrassed to ask questions and too intimidated by other fitter people.
Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 07, 2012:
I never thought about it but, this is a true story! LOL
mwilliams66 from Left Coast, USA on June 07, 2012:
Came back to read to a friend. This is just such a funny hub. Hits the nail on the head.
Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on June 07, 2012:
haha, these are great. It always seems like there is at least one stretcher hogging the stretching/abs area. And sometimes i'll see women who just wonder around, without ever doing anything.
Victoria Anne (author) from Las Vegas on June 07, 2012:
seanorjohn-thank you and I will definitely consider writing one about men!
seanorjohn on June 07, 2012:
Hey great hub. Why don't you follow up with a hub on the type of gym guys. I play sport but have only been to a gym once in my life.Voted up.
MargaritaEden from Oregon on June 01, 2012:
Cute and funny article, good job!
Victoria Anne (author) from Las Vegas on May 31, 2012:
Thank you Danette. I would probably put myself in the "one of the guys" category too, even though outside the gym I'm a girly girl. I'm pretty serious about it as well, 5 a.m. every morning! I look forward to talking to you more :)
Danette Watt from Illinois on May 31, 2012:
Cute hub and ktrapp is right, there's the mom trying to get rid of the baby fat which is why I first started working out 20 years ago.
At first I thought I might be the "senior citizen" (only by virtue of being 50+ and b/c I workout early in the a.m) but then I read the "one of the guys" description and decided that's probably me (except I don't talk smack). I am serious about my fitness and being as healthy as I can.
Welcome to Hub Pages.
ManuelAtt on May 30, 2012:
haha awesome hub!
Victoria Anne (author) from Las Vegas on May 30, 2012:
Thank you all for the replies and support!
collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on May 30, 2012:
Too funny! When I went to college there were gals that signed up for weight training just to be around the guys. It hilarious to watch all the antics. Good hub!
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on May 30, 2012:
Very funny hub. I think I've seen all these women in the gym, in addition to "the mom," you know the one where working out away from the kids is actually a form of relaxation. She may have a bit of a tummy leftover from the pregnancy days that she is desperately trying to erase and is most likely wearing a loose shirt with the intention of getting some cuter gym clothes when success is reached. You can fill in the rest; you're so good at it.
mwilliams66 from Left Coast, USA on May 30, 2012:
Welcome to HubPages Victoria Anne.
What a great start!. This hub is not only entertaining and very funny but it's also dead on. I know women who fit into every category.
Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on May 30, 2012:
I have not spent a lot of time in co-ed gyms, but this is priceless, might go join today.
Welcome to HubPages! You are off to a flying start.