It seems like every time we go into downward dog or hit the rowing machine, we’re spotting tattoos on our fellow gym goers. And if existing statistics are any indication (40 percent of young Americans, for example, have some ink), it could be possible that you or someone you know will be looking for a tattoo artist sometime soon. Now before you get inked yourself, it’s a good idea to get some fresh inspiration–faded tramp stamps and drunken mistakes need not apply. Check out some of our favorite fitness-related tats and see if any of these spark a visit to the tattoo parlor.
For those looking for a more subtle look, consider white ink. Depending on your skin tone, most people won’t notice that you have one at a quick glance, meaning any inspiration message or emblem you choose for a tattoo can be kept more personal and private.
When you’re bundled in layers upon layers during the frigid winter weather, it’s hard to forget your time spent surfing or snorkeling, so why not carry a souvenir of those beach days in the off months? If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to live in warm weather year round, celebrate your island pride with a hint of your hometown right above the ankle.
If biking is a part of your daily life, why not show off your love for the sport on your super toned calves? A bike chain repurposed as a heart is a cute reminder of your sport, but can be easily covered up for when you’re not out on the open road.
If you’ve crushed a marathon, that’s definitely something worthy of tooting your own horn about! And there’s no need to limit yourself to a “26.2” bumper sticker when you can get creative with a tat that touts your accomplishments. By keeping it on your wrist, it can serve as a visual reminder every time you think about skipping a training run. Time to lace up your sneakers!
We’re kinda obsessed with this tiny barbell tattoo. It’s graphic enough that you clearly know what it represents without being cheesy. How can you not want to get stronger and fitter when you have daily motivation to lift right on your body? No excuses!
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Whether you’re a rock climber or a boot camp devotee, you’ll never have to worry about wearing your wedding ring to class if you opt for a finger tat. You can still show off that you’re taken (whether your sweetie comes with you to class or not) without having to stress about potentially denting your ring or hurting yourself.
What better way to draw attention to your super cut shoulders than with a delicate, simple tattoo? Pick out your favorite inspirational quote or song lyric (make sure to double check the spelling, especially if it’s in another language!) and head off to your nearest tattoo studio. You probably won’t be able to stop at one.