gym rat

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gym rat (plural gym rats)

  1. (colloquial) A person who spends an unusually large amount of time at a gym.
    • 1977, Newsweek 89
      Three decades ago, the trappings of sports equipment in those rooms took a magnetic hold on "gym rat" McGuire.
    • 1989, Larry Bird, Drive: The Story of my Life‎, page 42
      I was a real "gym rat." I'd go home and eat, then come back to the gym and play some more. I mean, I practically lived in that gym.
    • 1995, David Rabe, "A Primitive Heart"
      This gym rat dripping tattoos in a sweatshirt with the sleeves ripped off was brooding at the juke box, like it had just asked him a very difficult question that he was determined to answer.
    • 1998, Arnold Schwarzennegger, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, page 672
      They wore suits, casual pants, and sports shirts and generally managed to look like solid citizens rather than gym rats.
    • 2010, Eric Velazquez, "Power Pairings", Reps! 17:84
      For the average gym rat, Anthony recommends being wary of longer-than-necessary rest periods.

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