Good day blogosphere! How is everyone today? Only one more day until the weekend! Yay!

So, most of you fitness bloggers out there are amazingly athletic. You guys can run far, you can run fast, you can do awesome things while lifting heavy things- and I am so in awe of all of you. You truly inspire me everyday.

However, for people just starting their fitness journey, it can be very intimidating. You’re probably wondering ‘What do I do? Where do I go? What’s the proper workout routine for me?’ And as a fitness blogger, I am here to tell you that if you are searching for the answers to these questions, well, you have come to the wrong blog. HOWEVER, if you want to know how to LOOK the part of an athletic person who knows what they’re doing, that, I can help you with :)

Do read on.

You know the expression, fake it ’til you make it? Well my dears, I’m a big proponent of that phrase. Sometimes feeling like you look the part is all it takes to give you enough confidence to actually BE the part. Trust me, as a person who has had their ups and downs with exercise, and has had to climb the proverbial gym class rope of humiliation on several occasions over the course of my fitness journey, I understand how intimidating it can be to join in with all the super fit kids. It doesn’t come naturally to me either. But with this list, you too will have the confidence to get out there with the athletes in no time.

So, without further ado today’s Great 8 list is:

8 Ways to Trick People into Thinking You’re Athletic

8. Wear sneakers in public. (Add a gym- appropriate outfit complete with spandex and/or drawstring to complete the look, and you’re good to go)

7. Stretch near a track like this:

And like this. It looks like you just finished something pretty epic, workout wise:

6. When you talk, use fitness jargon like “reps”, “quads” and the occasional “I think I pulled a hammy”. If you’re unsure of what the proper lexicon is, just think of the actual term of something, then shorten it. Also, talk in acronyms and use verbs you may have recently heard in a Pitbull song.

5. Carry a yoga mat as you walk around. Are you going to yoga? Coming from yoga? Just carrying it around for fun? Nobody knows! But you look athletic.

4.  I would say wear sweat bands, but hipsters kinda took those and made them their own thing, so instead I’m going with headbands. Whenever I see a person with their hair up and a headband, I assume they just had, or are about to have, a really intense workout and have no time for hair flying in their face.

3. Wear a garmin watch. This is what runners use to keep track of their time and distance. Not for amateurs or slow pokes.

2. Wear a tennis skirt. A tennis skirt is something that nobody in a million years would think you are wearing for fun. It’s too niche. Yoga pants? Sure, everybody wears those. But a tennis skirt? You MUST be athletic. Bonus points for carrying the racket too.

1. And finally, compression socks. Think about every person you have ever seen wearing these- isn’t your first impression always: ‘look out, bad ass athletic person coming through!’ Even if they’re walking, you’re still like, ‘wow I bet that guy just ran a marathon for fun, that involved a mountain, and now he’s just cooling off before doing it again.’ Yup. Compression socks.

Athletes- am I forgetting anything?

If you’re new to working out, what made you start?

Have you been athletic since childhood, or did you have to work at it as a teen/adult?


55 Thoughts on “8 Ways to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Athletic

  1. Best list ever! Pics are great too. This is so funny! And there is definitely truth in ‘fake it til you make it.’ If you’re confident in yourself, you’ll be a fitness pro from day 1. Wish I had known that at age 11 when swimming (aka drowning) the 50 fly reduced me to tears!
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    • Lol aww i have so many of those stories too! And yeah i really do think there’s something about feeling prepared and “looking the part” on the outside that can lead to confidence on the inside, which of course leads to putting yourself out there and trying new things.

  2. And this, my dear, is why I love you so much. This post had me in tears.

    I love wearing my compression socks–I feel like such a badass. Sometimes I wear them when I don’t really need them because, well, who doesn’t like feeling like a badass? :)

    I definitely wouldn’t call myself athletic (my sister got all those genes). I definitely have to work at anything athletics-related to be good at it. Fun fact, my sister as a 9 year old was just as good as I was at tennis when I was playing on the varsity team in high school. (Or not-so-fun, if you’re me…)
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    • Hahaha i swear you and i were separated at birth sometimes- my bro and sis got all the athletic genes too- and my sister could play against varsity tennis players when she was that young too! and lol compression socks are the coolest things out there in my opinion!!

  3. LOL at the “ran a marathon for fun” bit — I feel like that’s becoming a thing! I read all these blogs about people making a hobby out of running marathons in the same way that I make a hobby out of watching bad TV, and I’m like…LOLWUT? I max out at 4 miles. Dunzo. And then I go watch bad TV.
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    • HAHAHA my thoughts exactly!! I dont understand these “fun run marathons” my idea of fun is also trashy tv and ordering in. too bad you don’t live closer!!

  4. bahahaha! I was NEVER athletic and “fake it ’til you make it” actually helped to give me some confidence in the gym.

    I would add:

    * Carry a gym bag! Even if it just has your lunch inside.
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    • Ohh brilliant!! If i ever do a “how to trick ppl into you’re athletic part 2” I’ll include carry a gym bag and give you credit of course! they make excellent lunch bags :)

  5. Well, seeing as I wear workout clothes as often as I can, regardless of whether or not I was actually doing anything active, I’d say I’m covered 😉 As for being athletic… I don’t really know how to answer that one. I’ve always been active, with things like swimming, horseback riding, playground games, snowboarding, soccer, etc, but it was never really competitive or never really anything that I looked at like exercise. Even now, I love to stay active, but I’m not the typical runner/lifter that everyone seems to associate with that term. So I dunno. I’m just me :)

    • I actually LOVE that answer!! Like, so much :) People do tend to feel the need to categorize themselves as this or that, and maybe push themselves to fit into the “catagories” of those things, when really all they should be doing is trying to be themselves. staying active and healthy really is all that’s important. well said girlie :)

  6. Girlfriend. Your posts have me laughing at my desk to myself like a moron. Really. So ridiculously funny and so absolutely truthful! :) I’m totally guilty of doing all those things and I know whilst doing so that I look like a serious athlete! Right on with the Garmin, that guy makes me seem like I’m much more real life than I really am. I started working out a few years ago but have intensified it in the past year and a half and to be lame and cliche, I owe it to the blogosphere. :)
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    • Omg i literally owe soo much (90%) of my fitness motivation to the blogosphere! you two are some really inspiring ladies!! I love your night runs and now i really have to try an electric race :) and i want a garmin soo badly. i dont run that far or that fast, but i feel like it would push me to get better :)

  7. Oh these are all great! haha I love the sweat band one, so perfect lol Glad I found your blog=)

  8. Lol- LOVE this list!!!
    I absolutely love the compression socks one! At any triathlon expo I’ve been to, 90% of people are wearing compression socks or sleeves! I think that’s what originally turned me off them! (Although I do wear them now, but only in the privacy of my home, or under long pants!)
    I think you could add stretching at your desk to the list!
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    • Hahaha omg I think I might just have to do a part 2 to this list because people are coming up with the best additions!! (and you’ll get full credit of course!) love the stretching at your desk, its so true!!

  9. LOL…And if you want to look athletic and green…wear compression socks into Whole Foods! Tee hee hee!
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  10. Hahaha, so funny! How do you come up with this stuff????
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  11. Ha, really good tips here. I’m going to wear my running skirt (like a tennis skirt, but even MORE official) with my compression socks, headband, Garmin and tennis shoes to the mall tomorrow. Maybe then I can finally pick up a date. :)
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  12. HAhaha this is great. I literally laughed out loud, esp with #6 !!! :)

  13. Ha this is perfect love it!!
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  14. Your list is SO ON. I like to carry around a protein shake in a bottle from home. You look so legit with a homemade protein shake. I also like to show up at bars and restaurants in my workout gear, way more people talk to me than when I’m wearing heels.
    Also, any sort of jersey or team tshirt is good for conversation starters.
    Minimal makeup!

    Love faking it!
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  15. How about some athletic sunglasses with a hat/visor or you could squirt some water on your shirt to make it look like sweat and wear one of those fuel belts with your athletic gear. That always makes you look athletic. lol

    Love this post. Too funny
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  16. This is hilarious! You crack me up :) I have never understood the tennis skirt. It seems so anti working out to me, even though so super cute! Every woman who wears one always, to me, looks like they rolled out of bed tan, fit and badass, but when I put one on I feel like an idiot running with something flipping around me.

    • Hahaha i know exactly what you mean! i tend to look like a fluffy marshmallow in them (especially because I’m so pale i normally match the white of the skirt) im so jealous of women who pull them off so well.

  17. Hilarious! OMG this is a riot. You had me at wear sneakers in public.

    Carry a gym bag as a purse:)

  18. So glad you found my blog, because you are too funny girl! This list is just PERFECT ~ and oh so true!

  19. When I say I pulled a hammy I mean at Jake’s Wayback Burgers. And I pulled it INTO MY MOUTH.
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  20. And this is why I’m sooo glad I started following your blog – HILARIOUS! I’m semi-athletic but nowhere Near the “I run marathons for fun” level yet. So, AMEN to faking it til you make it. 😉 I owe the blogosphere & my hubby (who is a more experienced long-distance runner) for my motivation to become more regularly active/physically fit.
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    • Its SO important to have a good support system on the road to better fitness. Your so lucky to have your wonderful hubby, and yes I agree- i never imagined how supportive and awesome the blog world would be until i started blogging. its honestly such an incredible community.

  21. hahaha love this!
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  22. Haha, all so true. I definitely love looking the part but it hurts to actually admit it.
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  23. THIS. IS. AMAZING. If there’s ever a day I’m just NOT feeling the whole gym thing,
    I’m just going to throw on a pair of compression socks and go walk around Target carrying my yoga bag. It won’t burn many calories, but it’ll make me feel better. All because of this list :)

    Also, I j’adore you. I hope that’s actual French. I took high school Spanish. lol
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    • hahaha i love franglish, and i j’adore you too :) lol compression socks are the way to go- wear them proudly around target! everyone will be ooh’ing and ahh’ing over how athletic and efficient you are for getting errands done between your fun marathons :)

  24. One of those big knee braces with all of the external structure, the ones that say you just had some sort of major reconstruction done. Implies you just had those pesky knees re-done after hundreds of thousands of miles of running. Also excuses you from having to actually do anything athletic at all – you are recovering!

    • Hahaha oh great call!! yes- whenever i see anyone wearing one of those knee braces i assume they must have been training for the olympics and injured their knee from all the stress that causes. love it :)

  25. Ha Ha, love the list. By what I wear on a daily basis, people probably think i spend hours upon hours going hard at the gym. Oh and I get pretty sweaty when i’m on my daily walks with Roxy because of how hot it is out here in Kuwait. That just makes me look like even more of a badass huh? Ha Ha!!
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    • I cant imagine how hot it must be over there! Hahaha I sweat really easily so yeah i would probably look pretty athletic over there just from standing around in that heat :)

  26. hahaha i loved this! I laughed through the whole post, but seriously you are on point lady! I was atheltic growing up because I played basketball my whole life, but once I got to college I didn’t play anymore, so I had to start to like running and doing other things besides basketball. That took some learning and getting used to for sure!
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    • Oh you’re so right- even if you’re really adept in one sport it can still be really intimidating to switch to another one! its soo true! like i was in a good gym groove for a while but it was purely for cardio, just venturing over to the weights section for the first time took pretty much all of my courage that day :)

  27. No wonder no one thinks I’m athletic! Time to re-think the wardrobe! Great post :)
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  28. Bahahaha I’m seriously cracking up at my desk right now!! Point #8 about compression socks is hilarious. I wear them all the time to help avoid cramps, but I do sometimes laugh when you can tell someone is totally faking it!! And the “sweatbands”=”headbands” HA so true. Oh this ole thing? Please it’s just a headband I pulled out of my normal accessory drawer, ain’t no thing!
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