Gym Selfies, Right or Wrong?

Gym Selfies, Right or Wrong?

Searching #gymselfie in Instagram pulls in over half a million results. Lots of people are taking them but does that make it right? We ask three of PayasUgym’s top Gym/Class goers to share their views.

Hannah (favourite class is Dance): It’s not okay to take selfies in the gym – if you look good enough to take a selfie whilst working out, seems like you might not be working hard enough...

Claire (favourite class is Pilates): Yes it’s okay… you might look like a bit silly, and I’ll probably unfollow you if you post too many on Social Media, but if you find that selfies help your progress and give you a motivation boost then go for it. If you can find somewhere more private to take said selfie though (or at least a quiet room in the gym) then that’s definitely better than including someone else’s red sweaty face, who probably doesn’t want their gym visit to be photographically documented.

Sam (favourite class: HIIT): I think the odd motivational gym selfie (or Gelfie as my friend and I refer to it) is acceptable, the pictures can encourage and inspire others with their workouts and for fitness professionals this can be a really easy way of boosting their profile. I really think it all depends on the delivery of the picture and what their agenda is.

A mixture of views, on one hand you feel good, people are seeing you exercise and this in turn can motivate your network and yourself. On the other hand, a constant stream of gym selfies (gelfies) can clutter social feeds. Arguably, a proper workout should leave you looking worn out. Reebok’s campaign #BreakYourSelfie is a great way people are sharing selfies after a hard workout as it challenges the classic gym selfie. So, should you take a gym selfie? We came up with a few questions to help you decide:

  • Are you taking up equipment time by searching for that pose where you look ‘just right’, instead of actually working out? …. you should stop taking the picture.
  • Do likes and comments perpetuate your gym/class attendance? ...take selfies but in moderation.
  • You take a selfie to monitor your progress? ...post publicly once in a while but perhaps keep most to yourself.

Ultimately, it is unique to each person but it is important to ask yourself, ‘why?’. We think that in moderation gyms selfies can encourage you to work harder and achieve your aspirations. Agree, disagree? Leave a comment below.


The Author

Joe Sherman

Joe is a keen gym-goer, footballer and cyclist. He has a passion for the latest fitness trends and marketing.

Comments

Matthew C.
2 September 2015

Matthew C.

I have put selfies of myself on my facebook page (bodybuilding competition pics) and don't see anything wrong with it. Anyone who doesn't want to see them doesn't have to click. Each to their own. No real harm is done - honestly - there are a lot worse things that someone could do in this world!!

Mike D.
30 August 2015

Mike D.

I would think it's completely harmless if you keep the photos for your own progress information. But posting them for others to see just seems very 'look at me', and not very attractive.

Clare R.
30 August 2015

Clare R.

big-headed is the phrase I was looking for! Narcissistic is another, if I can spell it...

Sasha B.
29 August 2015

Sasha B.

Yes I think this is more for women too. And personally I think it's received better if you include other people as well as yourself. Just one of your own 'amazing' body is really pretty big headed.

Freya W.
26 August 2015

Freya W.

I have a friend who takes loads of selfies of their progress in the gym, and I have to say it really inspires me to get fitter.

Roger B.
26 August 2015

Roger B.

call me an old curmudgeon - but NO-ONE is this interesting. Get on with life rather than having to photograph every second!

Pete R.
26 August 2015

Pete R.

I think this appeals more to women - personally I'm not interested in taking photos of myself - and I'm pretty sure nobody else would want to see me either!!

Tom D.
24 August 2015

Tom D.

I'm not into selfies in the gym - it's like Hannah says in the article, who has the time for that? You're supposed to be pushing yourself as hard as you can. I think it's different if you're taking a progress pic in the changing rooms or something but not when you're out on the floor.

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