It’s the war of the work out people. The toggle between crushing gains and finding a flow—two fascinating worlds of fitness that people seem to be equally as fanatic about. What’s even more interesting, are the devotees themselves.
Now, of course, there are crossovers of people who like both or do these workouts without completely embodying the stereotypes associated with each. This is not to refer to those people. This is instead to refer to hardcore, the live-breath-sweat-namaste-bench press-or-die crowds.
Let’s look at their superficial differences.
What They Carry
First comparison: what’s in their hands. What someone needs to get a full-body workout says a lot about their personality.
Yogi: Yoga mat, essential oils, glass or tin thermos, plant-based proteins.
Gym Rat: Duffel bag, waist belt, resistance bands, sports water bottle, milk fat-based proteins.
What They Say
The way each other expresses their views, workouts, and practices are very telling. Can you pick up a yogi just by the way they talk?
Yogi: Namaste, Omm, master a posture, flow, workouts are referred to as “practice.”
Gym Rat: Gains, pain is weakness leaving the body, pump, hit a personal record, workouts are referred to as “training.”
What Their Priorities Are
They both want to feel better and work on their bodies, but their end goal is slightly different. Isn’t it?
Yogi: To regulate chakras, gain flexibility, put in some cardio, enhance their spiritual connection.
Gym Rat: Aesthetic manipulation, tearing and expanding muscles, strength training, and cardio.