Is it ever acceptable to approach a girl at the gym?
I'd like to start by saying that I have been pretty firmly entrenched in the "don't approach girls at the gym" camp for all of my gym-going career (which is long and frequent, I'm shredded ;) ). So before people jump to the conclusion that I am an incel or creep, please note that.
The question really is simple as the title - is there any time it's acceptable? I switched gyms recently in concurrence with moving apartments, and with that come a new crop of girls that exercise on the same general schedule as me. One girl in particular is very cute, fit, and honestly exactly my type. I have noticed that she definitely glances at me from time to time, and looks like she may be interested. I was even doing crunches once and she started doing squats so her ass would sit on my face each rep (lol JK smile).
Is there a play here? Is there any amount of times I could see this girl at the gym that would justify me introducing myself? Obviously would be ideal to wait and see if I see her outside of the gym ever, as I assume we live in same area; but I live in one of the largest cities in the US, so chances of that could be slim. There are easy ways to approach a girl at the gym - simply complimenting their shoes or asking to use a popular machine when she's done are ways to spark conversation, which will occur if she's at all interested.
Would love the off topic forum's thoughts. Bracing myself for ridicule but also interested in the discussion.