50 Signs You’re a Fitness Buff

Today’s post is a little different and the idea for it came as I was brainstorming topics the other night. I always enjoy when fitness writers make lists of any kind, so I hope you can appreciate this one. What started out as a simple “25 signs” list quickly morphed into a much more interesting “50 signs” list complete with animated gifs, given that they’re all the rage nowadays.

Just about all of these gifs are from whatshouldwecallme (I’m not nearly creative enough – or skilled enough – to create these on my own), and the reality TV show gifs are from here.

If you can identify with the sentiments in each of these points, then you can be fairly certain that you’re a certified fitness buff. If not, well… you’ve got some work to do. I’d also like to note that a sense of humor is absolutely required (otherwise pls go).


  1. When you’re at work, thinking about your upcoming lift:
    but then you realize you left your training shoes at home:
  2. When it’s not time to eat yet:
    but when you’re chowing down on your food:
  3. When your coworkers complain about the smell of your broccoli:
  4. When you’re massaging your own sore pecs in public:
  5. When you get a whiff of a protein fart:
     but then when you realize it was you:
  6. When a chick says she heard that lifting will make her bulky:
  7. When someone talks about P90X:
  8. When someone says they just want to get toned:
  9. When you meet someone who loves lifting just as much as you do:
  10. When someone tries to tell you that nuts are a great source of protein:
  11. When someone asks you why you love red meat:
  12. When someone flirts with you: but when you learn that they don’t even lift:
  13. When you’re getting ready for your training session:
  14. When your gym buddy doesn’t feel like going to the gym tonight:
  15. When you’re about to go to the gym and you check out your workout outfit:
  16. When you find out the gym is closing earlier than usual: and when you get there and find out it’s already closed:
  17. When you’ve been waiting for 20 minutes and a squat rack finally opens up:
  18. When you’re waiting to use the squat rack: but when you’re on it and someone says you’re taking too long:
  19. When you see someone squatting with good form:but when you see someone quarter-squatting:
  20. When you’re watching someone else lift really heavy: but when someone tells you that you’re really strong:
  21. When everyone in the gym is gawking at that chick wearing next to nothing and doing bent-over triceps kickbacks:
  22. When someone tries to talk to you in the middle of a set:
  23. When the guy before you doesn’t re-rack the weights:
  24. When you successfully pull that lift while everyone’s watching:
  25. When you see someone benching with their legs up in the air:
  26. When you’re trying to impress your crush at the gym: but when you’re caught staring:
  27. When you see that same guy with the headphones doing the crazy dance in the mirror like: you’re just like:
  28. When the dumbbells don’t go heavy enough:
  29. When you walk by those gym jerks who always give you looks:
  30. When you see someone who’s very well-developed, you want to ask them:
  31. When someone tries to take your bench with your stuff still on it:
  32. When you get a PR: and when your friend gets a PR:
  33. When you realize you’re the strongest guy/girl in your gym:
  34. When you come back from the gym:  but after an hour at the mall:
  35. When you’re trying to decide what you want to eat after training:
  36. When you log your workout on Fitocracy and you level up: and then when you constantly refresh the page to see if anyone’s propped you yet:
  37. When your bodybuilding.com supplement shipment arrives:
  38. When your friends come to you for fitness advice: but when your friends try to give you advice:
  39. When someone disagrees with you on the Internet: and when you turn out to be right: but when you turn out to be wrong:
  40. When you’re stalking your fitness idols:
  41. When your roommate asks for a scoop of your protein powder:
  42. When you get trolled by Matt Perryman: but others react like:
  43. When you fill up on salad before you go out to dinner: but when you get to the restaurant you’re still like:
  44. When your friends order a meal with no protein in it:
  45. When it’s been way too long since you’ve eaten junk food: but after a cheat day:
  46. When someone tries to touch your food:
  47. When it’s the end of the day and you have more food left to eat than you thought:
  48. When you meet your macros for the day:
  49. When you remember everything you ate last night:
  50. When you’re trying to walk after leg day:
If any of you can come up with any other good ones, feel free to add it below or e-mail me (soheeleefitness at gmail dot com) and I’ll tag it onto the end of this list :)

About the author  ⁄ soheelee

I am a fitness buff with a Stanford B.A. in Human Biology – Psychosocial and Biological Determinants of Health. I’m also an NSCA-certified personal trainer and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. I've written on Bodybuilding.com, Greatist, and other awesome publications sharing tips on fitness, psychology, and motivation.

  • http://www.myosynthesis.com Matt P

    u mad bro?

  • Jeff Britt

    Thanks I needed that. Laughing my butt off on this. Love the one the video on the gym closing early.

  • http://madstone.net Jorah

    I loved the “after the cheat day” one, but they were all great.

  • http://bodythrive.wordpress.com Rebecca

    Haha these are even funnier than Whatshouldwecallme because they are actually applicable to my life! Good job, Sohee! 😀

  • http://djkreger.me Daniel Kreger

    BAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for the great ab workout, Sohee! SO frackin’ funny! Absolute genius.

  • http://www.roglawfitness.com Rog Law


    The Power Ranger one was my favorite?

    And the best part of this post is that I know it took you 5min to write because you already had these gifs saved on your comp.

  • Brian

    What is that #6 picture … because its sort of hideous. 😀

  • andrea

    Very funny and well put together!! Love it

  • http://www.shiggi.co.uk El-Shig

    Everything about this is awesome!
    No. 50 was me allllllll last week…. o_O

  • http://www.inspiredfitstrong.com Ines Subashka

    Outstanding! I almost fell out of my chair! You really made me laugh with tears!

  • The Doctor

    Hilarious. Amazing. For some reason about half the images don’t show up for me though and I need to open them in a new tab.

    • Sohee Lee

      Ah, I think I know what’s up. Fixing now :)

  • http://www.fitjerk.com FitJerk

    WTF why is this so awesome? I’m giving you the look of number 19 right now… with a bit of number 12 thrown in.

  • http://www.deliveringmiracles.blogspot.com tasha

    Too funny! I’m familiar with wayyyy too many of these. No lie: I swear that’s how I drive on my way to the gym, trying to race the boys to our ONE squat rack!

  • http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com stubbysticks

    Pure awesomeness. *bookmarked*

  • Will Levy

    Starts slow clap…

  • http://vonsfitnesstips.com Von @ VonsFitnessTips.com

    I legit LOL’d at most of these.

  • http://www.leviclampitt.com LEVI AND CARA

    These are eerily accurate. This FTW.

  • Kat Howard

    excellent work! i am rolling! : ) best part is they are ALL so true!

  • http://readyin5weeks.blogspot.com/ Kristy Wilce

    Sohee- This was so funny! And true….I have just seen your site for the first time and love it! We are neighbors- I live in San Jose, and compete but in Figure. Will you be in the Contra Costa in May? I would love to meet you there, lord knows there is more than enough time to stand around backstage talking!

    • Sohee Lee

      Hey Kristy – Yes, I will be there! As a spectator this time, but I’ve got 3 friends competing (1 in bikini, 2 in figure).

  • http://www.thebendytree.blogspot.com Lauren Graham

    So funny because it’s so true.

  • http://www.strengthessentials.net Jim

    This cracked me up! I especially liked the squatting with good form and quarter squat faces!
    So true.
    Thanks for the laughs.

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  • marci

    Nailed it Sohee!!!!

  • http://comicbooksandproteinpowder.blogspot.com/ Kirstin

    Love it!

  • http://www.foodisforfuel.com Vainglory

    This owns. You owns.

  • http://lovemymuscles.com Lil C

    It seems I do all of this lol. love it!

  • BlackoutTrainer

    Might be the best thing I will read all week. Thanks for this.

  • http://lovetotrain.com amy

    LOVE this… especially number 22 and 46 and Mr G!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.fastinghealthy.com Parrish Corcoran

    Uh-Mazing! I didn’t even realize I was a fitness buff until I read this- and to add to that, I kinda thought I was alone feeling ALL OF THESE FEELINGS.

    Apparently not haha.

    Great work, I love to see more of these – too perfect.

  • seano

    that was hilarious thank you!!

  • smegmalion

    Haha, पोस्टिंग के लिए धन्यवाद. कि प्रफुल्लित करने वाला था, योग्य. मैं निश्चित रूप से उस का एक बहुत कुछ के दोषी हूँ.

  • phrakture

    This is good and you should feel good

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  • http://blog.misscabrina.com Cabrina

    & when stalking fitness idols…

  • Cam

    Dear Heavenly Blessed Beauty,

    나랑 결혼할래 ????

    Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict, and bring order to the galaxy. Join me, and together, our aesthetics can rule the galaxy.

    • Sohee Lee

      I’m just seeing this now… LOL at the Korean.

  • nvs180

    I loled at the telly tubby. After a heavy leg days my walking is very…..calculated, something that should come so naturally as walking, I have to consciously think about because my legs just don’t want to do it. End up looking like the telly tubby.

  • Diana

    Very cute, hilarious and inventive!

  • http://cvjoint.blogspot.com Chris V

    I LOL’ed – office mates were staring at me. Didn’t care. See #33 :)

  • jessi

    hahahahaha. leg days are killer, the worst part is im a server and having to work a double the next day is humiliating. my boss laughs, i smile because im pushing my limits harder than she is.

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    THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!! Cannot stop laughing

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    Best fitness list I’ve ever come across, this was hilarious!

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  • https://www.facebook.com/Jerevin.id Jerevin Id

    Many lol’s were had. Number 37 and the Teletubbie are spot on.

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  • Kelsey

    So funny! Just found your blog today and love it so far. Keep up the good work, there needs to be more smart minded females like to show the world you can be strong and look good doing it.

  • EG

    When you laugh while reading this
    and cringe because your abs and obliques hurt.

  • http://thisfitchick.wordpress.com/ Carrie

    HAHAH this is so so good. Thanks for putting this together!

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  • Koalafied

    You seriously have to do a sequel to this post 😀 This was absolutely awesome!

    • http://twitter.com/SoheeLeeFitness Sohee Lee

      Ha, this would be a hard one to follow up on!

  • toms

    Yep, you just lost a reader. Clocked in at 90 pounds lost this morning, doing P90X over the last 10 months…doesn’t work? Please.

    I try really really hard not to bash anyone’s method of fitness…mostly because blanket statements of “OMG THIS DOESN’T WORK EVER FOR ANYONE” usually turns out to be completely wrong.


    • http://twitter.com/SoheeLeeFitness Sohee Lee

      Jimmies have been rustled.

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    I think after reading through this post , i may have to stop reading your site. I dont think anything could possibly beat the brilliance of this hahaha keep it up!

  • S

    Love it!

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