There are things in life that we expect everyone to just know and understand, but then we go outside and interact with our fellow man and realize that – NOPE; for the most part they don’t know half of the things they ought to. And then even when it comes to our own knowledge or common sense, we find that we may not know as much as we think we do. So even if you think you are a gym expert read through the ten rules to gym etiquette and make sure you aren’t guilty of any!
- Wipe your equipment off when you’re finished. Don’t be gross! Of course we all know that gyms are a cesspool of germs and no I don’t expect you to sanitize everything even the dumbbells when you are finished with them but that doesn’t mean that it’s acceptable to leave a lake of sweat on the bench when you’re done with your sets. If you are sweating all over the place have common courtesy and wipe it off with a towel.
- If a person has headphones on, leave them alone. If someone is listening to music they aren’t looking to strike up conversation with you so save the pick-up lines for the bar. And although we all need help, some people don’t want any so please don’t try to correct form or suggest a more difficult variation of the exercise. And furthermore if you need to work in stand in the person’s line of sight and then ask, don’t tap them on the shoulder or make any other physical contact.
- Return all equipment to its proper place. If you use a piece of equipment or weights, return them to their rightful place even if you didn’t find them there. All barbells should be stripped of all weight plates and dumbbells should be racked in their proper designated place. This is just polite for other members of the gym but also not doing so can pose a big safety concern because someone can trip on them or may have difficulty removing heavy plates.
- Stand back from the dumbbell rack. Yes gyms get crowded and it can be a little tight by the free weights but that is no excuse to lean on the dumbbell rack while doing your tricep extensions. It is not only annoying that others cannot grab their desired free weights but it is also dangerous because inevitably someone will try to. Please do everyone a favor and step back at least 3 feet so everyone can utilize the equipment.
- Keep the weight room floor clear of loose objects. Don’t place your keys, water bottle, purse, wallet, or gym bag in the middle of the weight room, especially in front of equipment racks. This is a huge danger for anyone trying to retrieve a set of weights or who is replacing weight after doing a heavy set.
- Don’t stand in someone’s line of sight to the mirror. The reason mirrors are placed throughout gyms is because the mirror is a very important piece of equipment allowing you to monitor your form. If someone is already exercising and obviously utilizing the mirror don’t stand in front of them!
- Don’t do aerobics in the weight room. Lifting weights is used to increase the intensity of the workout so if you are able to dance around with them then they are too light. Of course based on certain fitness goals these types of exercise may be required but they should be done in a spare aerobics room or off to the side where they can be safely completed.
- Don’t lift weights in the stretching area. It is not the weight of a bullet that kills you. A three to five pound weight can break your face just as easy as a heavier weight so for the sake of safety please keep weights out of the stretching area, PERIOD!
- Let people work in. We’ve all seen the person standing next to a machine for several minutes and when you check if they are still using it they respond, ‘yes, you can use it when I’m done.’ A set shouldn’t take more than a minute so if someone needs to work in simply allow them to do so especially if you plan on taking rest periods between sets for more than a minute.
- Don’t take selfies while others are in the locker room. I understand taking selfies at the gym better than most and yes I have taken them in the locker room but only when it has been COMPLETELY empty! Whether people are changing or not it is uncomfortable to see someone snapping pictures and if I do need to change well I’ll wait till you are done which is completely unfair to me.
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