Gym rat dating
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F*** that.” Goulding doesn’t let it get her down - but that’s probably because she’s a famous pop star. Friends tell me the thought of men staring at them has put them off trying anything but the treadmill in the gym.
It makes me not want to go.” It’s clear this really affects some women. These incidents are examples of the worst type of bullying at gyms, and would make anyone feel uncomfortable. “I find all the men flirt with the women and it distracts from their training,” says Durkin.
But how much of it is deliberate intimidation, and how much is paranoia? My partner finds the guys try and intimidate her when she’s at the gym. They won’t let the women join in.” Tim Walker, founder of Evolution of Man fitness, tells me his girlfriend had a similar experience at a mixed gym in London: “She was trying to squat and a guy said, 'what are you doing here? “If a man thinks a women’s attractive, he’ll flirt.
Walker thinks we need fewer single-sex gyms: “I think it’s just education,” he says. The more unmixed gyms there are, the more unusual it is and the more likely you are to be gawped at.
"Lots of men are just exposed to male environments so when women creep in they find it confusing.” It seems we could be waiting a while before women can venture into the weights area without hearing male jaws hit the floor.
Some avoid the place altogether because they feel embarrassed by men seeing them in tight lycra.