Gym Dates That Are As Much About Fitness As They Are About Fun

Gym Dates That Are As Much About Fitness As They Are About Fun

Gym dates can be a fun and healthy way to get to know someone new or to energize your existing relationship. However, they can also be a bit intimidating, especially if you're not used to working out with a partner. To help you make the most of your gym date, we've put together some advice to have a great time and get a good workout in as well. From exercise routines for couples, to outdoor gym date ideas, and the all important question of what to do after a gym date, we’ve got you covered.

Choose the right gym before making a date

Before you plan your gym date, make sure that you choose the right gym. Look for a gym that's convenient for both of you and that has the equipment and facilities that you need. If you're both into weightlifting, for example, you'll want to choose a gym that has a good selection of free weights and weight machines. If you're more into cardio, look for a gym with plenty of treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals. And remember this is a date—so do a reccy beforehand and make sure it’s a nice enough place, with decent changing rooms, and that it doesn’t smell of stinky feet! Your date will thank you.

Workout outfit ideas (athleisure is having a moment)

Make sure that you dress appropriately for your gym date. Wear clothes that are comfortable, breathable, and that allow you to move freely. Don't wear anything too tight or restrictive, as this can be uncomfortable and may even impede your workout. You’ll also want to make sure your trainers provide good support and traction. But this isn’t a regular gym workout, it’s a gym date, remember! So, you might consider investing in some new sportswear rather than your usual tracksuit. 

An outdoor gym date is a good idea

There are a few reasons why working out al fresco can be a good thing to do with a date. Firstly, there’s a more casual atmosphere than traditional indoor gyms. This can help create a relaxed and enjoyable environment for a date. And of course, they are a bit more budget-friendly. Most outdoor gyms are free to use, so it’s less of a financial commitment and you can save your money for that post-workout treat instead.

Plan your gym date workout together

Before you start your workout, take a few minutes to plan it out together. Decide which exercises you want to do and how many sets and reps you'll do of each. This will help you stay focused and motivated, and will help you get the most out of your time at the gym. It also makes it feel like a collaborative date rather than one person’s idea of a good time. If there’s any exercise you hate or that makes you feel self-conscious about your body, you should feel confident enough to be honest and make sure this move doesn’t make it into your gym date routine.

Be supportive

Remember that you're on this gym date to support each other, not to compete with each other. Encourage each other to push yourselves and to do your best, but don't be overly critical or judgmental. Remember that everyone has their own fitness level and their own goals, so be respectful of each other's abilities and limitations. 

Stay hydrated

Sounds obvious, but in the heat of the moment it’s easy to forget. Make sure that you stay hydrated during your gym date. Bring a water bottle with you and drink plenty of water throughout your workout. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and muscle cramps, so it's important to stay hydrated if you want to get the most out of your workout and enjoy your date.

Gym dates don’t need to be serious—have fun

Above all, don’t forget  to have fun. Working out with a partner can be a great way to bond and to relish each other's company, so don't take it too seriously. Laugh, joke, and enjoy the experience together. Remember that both dating and working out are supposed to be fun, so make the most of it!

Now you’re primed and ready for your gym date, here are some workout ideas

When planning a gym date, it's important to choose exercises that both you and your date will enjoy and be comfortable doing. Here are some exercises that are great for couples to do together. Get ready to work up a sweat!

  • Squats: Squats are a great exercise for strengthening the legs and glutes. You can do squats with a barbell, dumbbells, or just your bodyweight. Stand next to each other and count down the reps as you go.
  • Lunges: Lunges are a killer leg exercise that can be done with or without weights. They help to strengthen the legs and glutes, and also improve balance and stability. You can also have a nice chat while you do them as you shouldn’t be breathless.
  • Push-ups: Push-ups work the chest, shoulders, and triceps. You can do push-ups on the floor or on an incline bench next to your date if you need to modify the exercise. One to maybe skip if you don’t have great upper body strength and want to avoid falling flat on your face in front of a date.
  • Planks: Planks are a great exercise for strengthening the core. They can be done on the floor or on an exercise ball if you want to make it more challenging. You could make it fun by trying to make your date laugh as they hold the position.
  • Deadlifts: Deadlifts are a compound exercise that work the legs, back, and core. You can do deadlifts with a barbell, dumbbells, or kettlebells. Don’t try to show off in front of your date by lifting heavier than you can manage.
  • Partner medicine ball tosses: This is a fun exercise to do with a date. Stand facing each other and toss a medicine ball back and forth. This exercise works the chest, shoulders, and core.
  • Battle ropes: Battle ropes are a brilliant full-body workout that can be done with a gym date. Hold onto the ropes and alternate between swinging them up and down or side to side. This exercise is great for improving cardiovascular endurance and strengthening the upper body.

Remember to always warm up before starting any exercise routine and to consult with a trainer if you're unsure about proper form or technique.

You’re sweaty, you’re buzzing with endorphins, you’re shattered - now what?

After a gym date, there are plenty of activities that you can do to keep the momentum going and continue to enjoy each other's company. Here are some ideas:

  • Grab a healthy meal or smoothie: After a workout, refuel with some healthy food. Consider going for a high protein meal or smoothie together at a nearby restaurant or cafe.
  • Take a walk or hike: This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air after being in a stuffy gym. It's also a good way to cool down after a workout.
  • Go to a yoga or Pilates class: Yoga and Pilates are great low-impact exercises that are perfect for stretching and toning the muscles. If you’re both real fitness fanatics why not take a class together to continue your fitness journey.
  • Go for a bike ride: Biking is a fun and active way to explore the city or local trails. Rent a bike or bring your own and enjoy a scenic ride together. It’s a more chilled way to burn some extra calories and get to know each other better in the process.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery: Time for something completely different! You’ve worked your body, now exercise your mind with a date to a local museum or art gallery. Might be a good idea to have a post-gym shower first though…
  • Relax with a massage or spa treatment: After a strenuous workout, your muscles may be sore and in need of some TLC. Book a couples massage to relax and rejuvenate or even better, offer to give each other one! 

And finally…

Going on a gym date can be a fantastic way to get to know someone in a more fun and casual setting than a bar. There are lots of opportunities to chat and break the ice and also have a laugh. But as we said at the beginning of this article—remember f you go into a gym date wanting to show off or be competitive, it won’t end well. Instead, see a fitness date as a nice way to show how supportive and encouraging you are. Be conscious of your date’s potential anxieties around fitness and body image and keep the date fun and all about feeling good.