DON’T correct her form
Unless you’re a personal trainer, unsolicited commentary on her push-up form is not an acceptable hello. She won’t be in awe of your knowledge, but she will be offended and irritated. “A dude once told me I was deadlifting wrong," said Lindsey, 31, "then followed up with a demonstration before introducing himself. He was hot, but no one likes a showoff.” Spoiler alert: he did not get her number.
DO treat her like the expert
Sure, your squatting 405lbs is impressive. But your confidence will prevail when you ask her to show you the ropes. This tactic worked on Noel, 28. “I’d been making eyes with this guy at my gym," she said, "but I was pretty intimidated by how ripped he was. He finally came over when I was prepping to work the heavy bags, and asked me to show him how to box. I loved that he took an interest in what I was doing.” So next time you see her leaving yoga, ask how she liked the class because you’ve wanted to try it. (Lie if you have to.) Then, make a plan to meet for it next week. Embarrassing yourself in downward dog will be worth it.
DON’T touch her
Keeping your hands to yourself is still applicable in the weight room. Even if you’re truly impressed that her quads are more toned than yours, no, you can’t touch them. “I lift a lot," said Vicky, 24, "but nothing pisses me off more than when guys ask if they can feel my biceps.” Even worse move? Doing it without asking.