For most people, going to the gym is a safe place for people to work out and burn off stress. Unfortunately, not all gym goers show up for the right reasons. They show up to watch others break a sweat and find an angle to hit on people.
Now, it's okay to meet and interact with other patrons while you're at the gym. In fact, it's recommended for everybody to open lines of communication when the situation presents itself. However, there are definitely people that don't know how to find ways of producing normal interactions.
Instead, they watch people they're attracted to from far away, looking for an excuse to start up a conversation or any type of communication. These are called "gym creepers." Although they tend to work out every so often, their mission is to hit on every person they find attractive — until someone gives in.
Most gym creepers don't even know they've been secretly given that title. So we came up with a list to let you know if you're one of them.
Flirting with the gym staff
When you first enter the gym, you're usually greeted by a staff member at the check-in desk. It's their job to be as helpful as possible. This doesn't mean you should start flirting with them immediately because they smiled at you when you entered.
There is nothing wrong with carrying on a light conversation with one of them, however, if you continually become a chatterbox every time you see them because you think you'll eventually score a date — you might be a gym creeper.
Staring at people in the mirror
This is one of the ultimate signs you're a gym creeper. If you're lifting weights and roll your eyes in the direction where a cute guy or girl is workout via the mirror, there is a good chance you're gym creeping. It's okay to look at an attractive person once in a while during a rest period, but when you start staring, that's when things can get weird.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FsJHSTHmE6NTX2.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Fi.giphy.com&s=953&h=4986f644ddc4a3f23954c34267abbe1771770349b31be8c59f7dce48c4fbf03f&size=980x&c=1116235356 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FsJHSTHmE6NTX2.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fi.giphy.com%26s%3D953%26h%3D4986f644ddc4a3f23954c34267abbe1771770349b31be8c59f7dce48c4fbf03f%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1116235356%22%7D" expand=1]
Using the gym's machines to follow someone
People in the gym are highly mobile as they move from one workout station to the other. That's pretty standard. If a good-looking gym patron that was working next to you gets up and travels to a new area to continue their exercises and you follow them to stay close, you might be a gym creeper.
Most people will get a pass if this minor stalking occurs once or maybe twice. But when it continues from area-to-area, you're definitely a gym creeper.
Asking your gym crush random questions
Some people will do practically anything to get a chance to talk to their gym crushes. But, unless that moment happens naturally, it's pretty awkward to walk up to them with a random question.
"Do you lift here often?"
Yes, they do. And yes, they've heard that question before. Cue eye-rolls from everyone else nearby.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FfJj0bgjqzAMUw.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Fi.giphy.com&s=845&h=27deaf2ed556fb997c1686eb530ef6c33b30a265f83e32331da9e10ef5b98794&size=980x&c=4161692141 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FfJj0bgjqzAMUw.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fi.giphy.com%26s%3D845%26h%3D27deaf2ed556fb997c1686eb530ef6c33b30a265f83e32331da9e10ef5b98794%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4161692141%22%7D" expand=1]
You remember the people who use the mirror to stare at the hot guy or gal as they workout? Well, this gym creeper doesn't even use a damn mirror, they just f*cking stare directly.
It is sad to watch, but it's still pretty funny to see.