Woman becomes TikTok’s ‘Gym Auntie’ after wholesome encounter with fitness influencer

An adorable encounter between two fitness enthusiasts has blossomed into a regular collaboration of wholesome content on social media.

Daniel Kim, a personal trainer in Orange County who posts fitness-related content on his TikTok account @deekimm, was recording a workout session back in September when a woman named Cheri accidentally walked into his shot.

In the clip, Cheri immediately steps back after noticing the camera and says, “Oop- I almost walked into…”

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Kim quickly assures her that it’s alright and she may proceed walking: “You can go ahead. Don’t worry.”

Cheri then approaches Kim and explains to him that she was distracted as she was admiring his arms.

“They are blinding,” Cheri says before walking away, eliciting a laugh from Kim.

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“Thank you, I appreciate that,” Kim finally says at the end of the clip.

The video, which Kim uploaded in September with the captionShe made my day FR,” has since been viewed over 7.6 million times.

The encounter drew an overwhelmingly positive response from commenters who found the interaction between the two wholesome and adorable.

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“She could be my friend,” one user wrote.

“She reminds me of my teacher,” another commented.

“This made me so happy,” someone chimed in.

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“Faith in humanity right there,” wrote a commenter. “Both such lovely people.”

Many of the commenters have since dubbed her the “Gym Auntie.”

A few days later, Kim shared a follow-up video that shows him approaching Cheri at the gym and letting her know that the video of their interaction blew up on TikTok.

@dee.kimm Replying to @dee.kimm finally showed gym auntie her viral video! the best part is at the end 😂😭 give Cheri a follow & show her some love y’all 🙌🏻 #gymtok #fitness #foryou ♬ original sound - deekimm

In the clip, Kim shows Cheri how commenters loved their video, which at the time had already racked up 1.6 million views and 300,000 likes.

Cheri, who is visibly elated by the positive response, starts laughing as Kim shares with her the “Gym Auntie” nickname that the internet has given her.

Cheri has since embraced the label and started posting her own workout content on TikTok under the pseudonym.

@chos5714A little of GYM AUNTIE’s week feeling strong!

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Kim and Cheri have also begun working out together in a series of collaboration videos Kim calls the “Gym Auntie series.”

@dee.kimm ngl- Gym Aunties workout was brutal.. 💪🏻 might have to make a “Gym Auntie” shirt for her soon! 😂 #gymtok #fitness #foryou ♬ Die Young - Sleepy Hallow
@dee.kimm Gym Auntie is so awesome. Another brutal workout 💪🏻 auntie hit me with a surprise at the end too.. 😳😂 #gym #gymtok #fitness #foryou ♬ Massive - Drake

In their latest video together, posted on Nov. 17, Kim expresses gratitude for the support they have received from their audience, saying it gives them “the extra motivation that we need as well to work out harder.”

According to Cheri, the support makes her “want to still keep going and have progress so they can see Auntie really working.” She then shares that she already “came down two sizes.”


Featured Image via @deekimm