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1. The inspiration.
Wakes up a couple hours before class to run somewhere off campus, and hasn't missed a day since orientation week. A rest day would consist of a 30-minute ab workout. Are they trying to fight off the Freshman 15, or are they training for a triathlon? It's hard to tell, but you hold them in high respect nonetheless.
2. The varsity jock.
Cliche, but definitely deserves to be recognized. No matter how much other people complain about being tired, only the ones who practice at least seven times a week and have a rigid offseason training schedule truly understand the meaning of exhaustion. For D1 athletes, it's basically like having a job that uses double the mental energy and ten times the physical.
3. The jack-of-all-trades.
This person was probably on varsity for multiple sports in high school, but they don't have the time nor the desire to commit to yet another team. So to take advantage of their pure athleticism and their popularity among friends, they join several intramural sports teams and dominate in literally everything.
4. The club athlete.
The perfect in-between. They've got a commitment to one sport that they love, are surrounded by a supportive community of peers, and don't have to deal with any of that high school political drama. And with just enough organization and enthusiastic instruction to put everyone who's playing on the same page. The best part is, you can be a former varsity all-star or someone who hasn't worn running shoes since freshman year PE.
5. The yoga nut.
Characterized by amazing flexibility, balance, and core muscles. These people have also achieved a special mind, body, and soul connection as well that radiates through their confident physical image. Don't be surprised if their Instagram feed consists of yoga poses with those artsy sunset and ocean backgrounds.
Everyone else secretly aspires to one day achieve a similar internal harmony.
6. The fitness instructor.
It's a one-of-a-kind phenomenon to discover such an enthusiastic leader (who's just another student) in a non-academic setting. Always smiling, outgoing personality, it's almost impossible not to be motivated by their energy. Truly dedicated to sharing their passion for staying active with others, just not through the conventional role of a team captain.
7. The fitness class TA.
Spin, Zumba, kickboxing, TRX, not only has this person tried them all, but they are in regular attendance of several of these classes. Their excellent performance occasionally results in them becoming the unofficial instructor's assistant, whether the instructor likes it or not. And because they've basically got the entire weekly schedule memorized, they might as well run the gym's front desk, too.
8. The cardio-machine fanatic.
This person probably has a favorite treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike in the gym complex. They have also tried every single customizable workout on the machine's digital menu and could provide a detailed comparison of the "heart rate" and "fat burn" options. And to them, listening to music is rudimentary; cardio machines are a chance to catch up on the latest Netflix binge show or Asian drama.
9. The part-timer.
They can be spotted at the gym every once in a while, mainly to avoid getting shit from their friends. And almost always giving 50 percent effort at most.
10. The food-motivated.
Thoughts before jogging: "I don't want to gain back all the calories I'll have burned after this! I always feel sick after anyways. I'm doing this for my own well-being, so I'll get a salad after. You know, I think I'm gonna start eating a salad at least once a day. And I'll go a week without those Dreyer ice cream cups."
While jogging: "While, I'm definitely sweating more than usual! That means I'm burning off more fat, right? I should treat myself for that...maybe get a hamburger with my salad." After jogging: "You know what? I tried sprinting that last quarter lap. Screw just the hamburger. I think I deserve some mozzarella sticks, too. Ooh, and a pint of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. I'll eat a salad tomorrow. I earned this today."
11. The unlucky dorm resident.
Lives one block away from the main campus. No car. Seventh floor. Broken elevator. Practically forced into physical exertion by their own misfortune.
12. The gym rookie.
Despite the fact that this person has never felt the need to exercise in the last 18 years of their life, they are suddenly struck by a commendable motivation to lose weight and obtain that sacred six-pack in their freshman year of college. Major credit given, don't get me wrong. Unfortunately, that inexperience can become blatantly obvious; even though they'd undoubtedly appreciate some help, you don't want to become their personal gym trainer.
13. (And finally...) The but-walking-IS-exercise people.
If you're seriously calling the 10-minute stroll from your dorm to your first class exercise and not joking about it, then this is you.