We are a world full of health and fitness fanatics and nowhere is this more obvious than on Instagram. No amount of scrolling can shield you from it. If it’s not fitness fads, transformation videos, meal preps and workoutplans, then it’s the gym boasts and gloats from both professional and wannabe professionals.
There’s no denying Instagram is a great place to document a fitness journey, gain inspiration and share tips. Butthe dark side of “socials” endorses showing off.
This led personal training buffs Nuyoo.co to conduct a survey of 2,368 gym-goers to discover what people think the most annoying health and fitness hashtags used by gym show-offs are. Some of the top entries may surprise you.
From an initial list of 100 health and fitness Instagram hashtag variations, survey participants selected the following 15 as the most annoying:
#gains #girlswholift #beastmode #noexcuses #gymrat #flexfriday #doyouevenlift #newyearnewme #gymbunny #shesquatsbro #getswole #bootygains #shreddedlife #shrednation
From this list the worst offenders, with the highest percentage scores, were joint winners #gains (15%) and#newyearnewme (15%). Other high scorers included #beastmode (12%), #gymbunny (9%), #shesquatsbro(9%) and #bootygains – at 9%.
Further to the survey, while 36% of gym-goers believe people document their workouts on social media to make themselves feel proactive and better about fitness, 48% of respondents feel people post their gym habits online solely to show off and would judge those who do it.
Interestingly, when asked ‘how does someone posting about fitness on socials make you feel’, those taking part in the survey shared mixed feelings. While 30% answered ‘inspired’ and 6% answered ‘proud’, others admitted it made them feel ‘jealous’ (12%), ‘anxious’ (15%) and ‘depressed’ – at a worrying 36%.
• 30% of people feel inspired by online fitness posts; 36% say it makes them depressed.• #gains and #newyearnewme are the most annoying Instagram fitness hashtags!
• 48% of gym-goers believe people post online about fitness simply to show off.