Real women share embarrassing stories of trying to impress their workout crushes—and failing miserably

By Nicole Yorio Jurick
February 10, 2015
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In theory, the gym is the perfect place to meet a guy, right? He's buff, sweaty in a sexy way, and you know you have at least one thing in common (and there's all those feel-good endorphins!). Except when it doesn't quite work. These embarrassing stories of gym romance gone awry might make you want to keep your gym crush as eye candy only. (And if you want more to laugh about, check out these personal stories of Readers' Most Embarrassing Fitness Moments.)

Falling in Love

"I was running on the treadmill when this group of cute guys walked by. I checked myself out in my iPhone reflection to make sure I looked like I was glistening, not sweating. Then, just as I flicked my ponytail and made eye contact with one of them, my ankle gave out and I was almost completely thrown from the treadmill! I actually had to grab hold of the railing so my face didn't smash into the front bar. The guy I was eyeing said 'ouch!' and kept walking. Good thing nothing was bruised-except my ego." -Erin, Dallas, TX

Relationship Gone Squat

"At a bar one night, I ran into my cute kickboxing instructor who I had secretly nicknamed 'Squatting Scott.' After one too many cocktails, I told him about his nickname, and that some girls (ahem, me), love to check out his rear as he's demo-ing squats. He laughed awkwardly and then introduced me to his girlfriend. I could never bring myself to go back to his class!" -Jeneice, Lancaster, PA

Upside-Down Bomber

"My yoga instructor is seriously hot in a California surfer type of way. So of course I attend his class regularly. One day, he was spotting me in a handstand and, just as I pushed off my feet, a loud fart came out. It was horrifying-especially being upside down with the instructor's face merely a foot from my rear. I try to forget it ever happened!" -Lisa, Philadelphia, PA

Legally Cheesy

"There was a super cute guy on the leg press, so I decided to walk by him, and do the old bend and snap. I threw my keys on the floor and said loudly, 'Oh no, I dropped my keys,' then bent over keeping my legs straight so he would check me out. He laughed and said, ‘That is so horribly cheesy.' But guess what? It broke the ice. The next time I ran into him at the gym, he joked about it. And a year later, we're engaged!" -Leigh, Union City, NJ (So sweet! Read these real-life love stories featuring 8 Women on Why They Married Someone They'd Just Met.)

The One Where the Bird Flew from the Gym

"I used to work at a gym, and there was a patron I had a huge crush on. I didn't normally work upstairs where he would work out, so my friends at the desk would alert me when he checked in by saying over the speaker system, 'the albatross has landed.' Then I would know to casually stroll upstairs. We thought it was so clever! Then one day, I finally worked up the nerve to talk to him and asked him what he was doing this weekend. His looked at me, winked and said, ‘I'm going bird watching.' Palm to forehead!" -Mary, Wyckoff, NJ

Hacky Sack Fail

"A group of guys were playing hacky sack around the entrance to the campus gym. I vaguely knew one of them, so when he smiled and gestured me into the group, I didn't hesitate. Then, he kicked the ball toward me. I tried to kick it back but ended up nearly falling on my back and knocking my head against the floor. It hurt really badly, and they actually called an ambulance because they were worried that I had a concussion. I was fine, but my pride was wiped." -Anna, Jersey City, NJ

Suggestive Pose

"I was doing bridge hip thrusts in the section near the weight room when the cute guy I'd been eyeing walked in. I considered stopping-I guess it's kind of a sexual move-but I told myself not to stop my routine because I was a little self-conscious. After the exercise was done, he came up to me and asked, ‘Are you done humping the air?' Gross-crush over!" -Sabrina, Hoboken, NJ

Unforgettable First Impression

"I normally go to the work gym on my lunch break, and after a vigorous interval workout on the treadmill, I ran into the flirty and cute guy in marketing. I tried to make light conversation and started playing with my hair while we talked. He gave me a funny looked and said he should get back to his workout. When I walked into the bathroom, I saw why-I had serious pit stains. So not sexy." -Deanna, Brooklyn, NY (At least it wasn't one of these Online Dating Disasters That'll Make You Glad You're Single.)