April 20, 2024

Workout Wooing Is The Latest Dating Trend You Need To Know About

Another day, another dating trend we need to get our heads around (tbh, we’re still trying to figure out how we can actually implement ‘the exit survey’ strategy). Anyway, when a new one comes around, who are we not to delve straight into and figure out how it could impact us and our love lives (and we use the term ‘love’ loosely here) — for better or for worse.

So, into today’s dating trends lesson, we bring you: workout-wooing. Yep, it’s basically exactly what it says, and so gym-lovers, this is one for you (gym-haters, not so much, soz). It’s based around new research from Bumble and Gymshark, who found that over one in five (22%) Gen Z and millennials (18-34 year olds) have exercised or attended a fitness class on a first date with popular workouts including HIIT, running, and pilates or yoga.

In fact, it seems that working out with a potential partner has overtaken sitting around in a romantic restaurant with them (we know, we’re shocked too). And if you’re not attending a gym class with a date, then you might be among the 32% of Brits who have attended a fitness class with the intention of meeting a new partner.

The research also shows that many Gen Z and millennials would choose a fitness-based date over one involving alcohol, with 29% saying they would rather attend a fitness class on a first date than go to the pub. Almost half (46%) said they would rather meet a potential partner at a fitness class than on a night out.

“It’s unsurprising, given the big uptick in people reducing their alcohol intake and refocusing on a healthy lifestyle post-pandemic, that many on the hunt for love are keen to incorporate exercises,”  explains relationship therapist and founder of TS Therapy, Tami Sobell. “If you’re an avid exerciser, than taking a date to a class is a good way of scoping out shared interests and getting those endorphins pumping together. Plus, if you’re particularly fit and strong, you might feel this is a good way of showing yourself at your best.

“It also gives people something to do — and discuss — on a first date, as during a workout there is unlikely to be space for any awkward silences,” Tami adds.  “Add into this formula that we are all busy people and so combining a workout and a date is often seen as an effective way to maximise time and energy. ”

And Bumble’s Vice President of Europe, Naomi Walkland, agrees. Saying: “Dating, especially early on, is all about experiences and what better way to connect then share something that you love? At Bumble, we are always trying to find ways to help people connect over shared interests, passions, and values. We’ve seen that our community is already showcasing this with our sports interest badges being the most popular globally. From skiing to pilates, people can show off their favourite hobbies in their profile photos, bios, or by adding an interest badge to their profile and incorporating this into a first date can be an easy way to break the ice when you first meet. ”

Those who are looking to make a fitness-inspired connection can use the Bumble app to sign up to a  series of speed-dating-circuit classes taking place at the Gymshark Regent Street Store throughout April. After the class, you can head up to a VIP Bar, where you can get to know each other better over a protein shake, and there will also be food, drinks and a DJ to get you in the mood, plus, we’re told some exclusive merch will be available.

If not, we get it, we find the local pub is a winner too.

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