Singles Website Says You May be 'Unfit' to Date

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Online dating website zeros in on fit single women and men.

The online dating website has officially withdrawn the welcome mat for unfit singles hoping to find a match among its active lifestyle clientele.

The reason according to Chris Mattioli, president of Fitness Singles, which welcomes single women and men who prioritize health and fitness, is “to avoid fit & unfit mismatches” which inevitably bring about frustration and annoyance for all parties involved.

Seekers of the perfect mate on this site need not have the abs of Brad Pitt, the legs of Angelina Jolie, nor even work out daily, according to Mattioli. But they must stay active on a semi-regular basis and appreciate an active lifestyle.

“Why someone who once worked out in high school but now lifts only the TV remote would consider themselves fit is a mystery,” says Mattioli. “But matching someone who prefers an inactive lifestyle with one who chooses an active one is a mistake we're not going to make.”

Rather than the broad, unfocused online dating services prevalent on the Internet, Fitness Singles caters to a select audience of single women and men seeking partners who share their enjoyment and commitment to an active lifestyle. The niche site makes it easy to find compatible active interests among potential partners with a choice of 79 different active lifestyle categories such as hiking, biking, running, and almost every sport imaginable.

Members learn each other's fitness interests and skill levels along with other information in fun profiles, a fast easy way to gauge initial compatibility and get acquainted. At the service - where it is free to join, create/search profiles, and tease others via a “show interest” button - members can also search by age, location, fitness interest, or keyword in multiple categories. Members provide just the info they're comfortable with, adding a public photo or private photo gallery if they choose.

The idea is that narrowing the field to those who share a passion for an active lifestyle increases the odds of finding the perfect match.

The website's success in matching active, attractive singles, however, sometimes tempts the less active to the site. Whether “couch potatoes” truly see themselves as fit or whether they want to be in relationship with those who are, Mattioli has a message for them - don't bother.

“Not having a chiseled body isn't a crime on our site, but passing yourself off as enjoying an active lifestyle when untrue does no good,” explains Mattioli. “To save everyone the trouble of a bad match, we're considering rejecting the truly unfit from our site.”

If you're an active single in search of a fit partner to share your adventures and enthusiasm, the selectivity of Fitness Singles will improve the likelihood of meeting a quality active partner without sorting through the thousands of inappropriate matches typically found on unfocused Internet dating websites.


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