I think we can all agree, the rise of fitness-minded products, services, and trendy exercise activities (like goat yoga or punk rock aerobics) is a topic that’s rife with potential for ridicule and humor.
That’s also the basis behind new web series Gym Buddies, which follows the tale of Aparna (Nikita Redkar), a social-media obsessed millennial stereotype in her 20s, as she sets out on a huge healthy lifestyle change prompted by a recent breakup. She enlist her best friend Quinn (Chelsea Lane) to be her designated gym bud, to which Quinn begrudgingly agrees to.
You can check out the first three (of five) episodes below, including the most recent musical episode “Internet Plan.”
Gym Buddies comes from the mind of Shruti Saran, a television writer who was inspired to write and produce the show after realizing the untapped comedic potential of telling a story involving the various archetypal characters found at any well-trafficked gym. Saran, who I randomly met during a SXSW blockchain party (of all places), said she was able to mine plenty of humor by just looking at all the different perspectives of people at a gym.
“I feel like there is endless material for comedy in gym culture,” Saran told Geeks of Doom. “There is always some new diet or fitness class that everyone is into. And, the gym is such an interesting cross-section of people, which is perfect for character-based comedy.”