​Gym is Best Place to Hit on Someone, before Pubs, Clubs and the workplace!


Gym is Best Place to Hit on Someone, before Pubs, Clubs and the workplace!

1,000 Brits were surveyed about the best places to hit on someone. The survey was carried out by Illicit Encounters, the UK’s top married dating website, to find out the best and most successful places to flirt with a stranger. The survey found the gym is the best, with the vast majority of people (66%) saying they would be flattered, interested and open to a conversation if someone hit on them when they were working out. The second best place to hit on someone is a dog-walking park, followed by the pub. The stereotypical places to meet someone like clubs or the workplace didn’t make it into the top ten list.

The top ten places were:

  • 1) The gym
  • 2) A dog-walking park
  • 3) The pub
  • 4) Online
  • 5) An interest class, like a writing course, hiking club or art class
  • 6) The market/supermarket
  • 7) Church
  • 8) On holidays
  • 9) House parties/dinner parties
  • 10) Museums/art exhibitions

69% of men were likely to respond positively to being hit on at the gym. The top three reasons were 1) Women are attracted to strength which I can demonstrate at the gym 2) I look my best when I’m working out 3) I feel great at the gym

In comparison, 64% of women were likely to respond positively to being hit on at the gym.

The 36% of women who said they wouldn’t respond positively to flirting at the gym said the top three reasons were 1) I look red and sweaty at the gym 2) I’m not wearing make-up at the gym or if I am wearing make-up it slides off with sweat 3) I don’t want any distractions at the gym.

“The top reasons people want or don’t want to be hit on at the gym are mostly vanity-based,” psychologist Lucy Redford said, “People can flirt anywhere, but there are some places that are better to flirt than others. At the gym or a fitness class it’s not like a first date with the pressure of trying to find something in common, you’ve already got fitness in common. Your body releases happy hormones like endorphins when you work out but your brain also releases a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which has a proactive and reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset factor. That’s why we often feel at ease and like things seem better after exercising.”

“It makes sense that the best place to hit on someone is the gym,” Claire Page, spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com said, “You’re working out, you’re focusing on a positive goal and getting into shape, so someone hitting on you, which is always flattering, is going to be more of a compliment when you’re sweating because it makes you think your exercise regime to look good is working. Dog walking parks are not a huge shocker either. You immediately have things in common, you immediately have things to talk about. Having a dog also says a lot about a person. It shows they’re caring, responsible, affectionate and loyal – all things you usually learn about a person after knowing them for a few days, but knowing it immediately puts you in a better position to speed-track this judgment. People don’t start serious relationships at a club because more often than not, people are too drunk to start anything meaningful, or are with a group of friends who they don’t want to leave to talk to a stranger. Similarly, it can be very intimidating for someone to approach a man or a woman when they’re with a big group of friends. The reason pubs are more popular than clubs is because you can have a better conversation, you’re not shouting over club music. It’s never a good idea to start an office romance because if it turns sour it makes work-life very awkward.”

The survey also found out the worst places to hit on people which were:

  • 1)Doctor’s
  • 2)Funeral Director’s
  • 3)Plane
  • 4)Lingerie Shop
  • 5)Train/tube

If Michael Fassbender couldn’t pull off staring at strangers in Shame then nobody can. 500 females surveyed said people who hit on them on the tube embarrass them because everyone else on the carriage can hear the flirting. They also said they would be inclined to think the man hitting on them was a rapist. Or a serial killer. Or both.

The UK’s Leading married dating website IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 970,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Claire Page:

Email: presspr@illicitencounters.co.uk

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire