It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the gym or you’re a frequent gym-goer, it’s important to remember proper gym etiquette. There are things that you must not do at a gym, which may turn out to be bad for you or for others who are also working out.
So, let’s go through a list of things that you must bear in mind and follow when you’re at the gym.
1. Be on time
Never show up late in class, whether it’s a group fitness class or a personal training session. When you come in late, it can be distracting for the instructor and other class members. In case you arrive late, at least make sure that you interrupt the class as little as possible.
2. Occupy equipment only if you’re using it
When you’re at the gym, don’t forget that you’re there to work out. There are some gym-goers who just hang around on equipment. They text on their phones, check e-mails, take selfies, or even nap while there are others who are waiting to get on that particular equipment.
3. Stop pressuring gym users
It is rude to use an equipment for 60 minutes, but so is standing with your arms crossed in front of a person who is exercising and giving them a “hurry up” look.
4. Keep the volume low
Some of the most annoying gym-goers are those who have very long and loud chats on their phones during a workout. Another irritating types are those who like to play their music with high volume that other people can hear it even through their own headphones.
5. Never give unsolicited advice
Refrain from giving unsolicited advice to others about their workouts except when you notice someone using equipment in a dangerous or irresponsible manner which may cause accident. You should certainly speak up if an immediate threat to health or safety exists. Others discreetly talk to a gym staff for better course of action.
6. Wipe off sweats from equipment
While it is unavoidable to perspire during exercise, using a workout towel is a vital part of proper gym etiquette, as well as wiping your sweat off the machine after you use it. Keep in mind that most of the equipment are covered with leather, and your sweat will not disappear unless you wipe it off to keep it dry.
7. Return weights after use
Always put the weights back where they belong after you use it. Keeping them lying on the gym floor can cause someone to fall or become injured.
8. Be considerate when using locker rooms
Keep in mind that the gym locker room isn’t your personal bathroom. There’s always that individual who parades naked around the locker room making others feel uncomfortable, while there are those people who shave in the shower for hours and leave everything covered in foam and hair.
Even if you don’t mind being seen naked in front of other people, know that there are others who are not comfortable being around someone who’s naked or taking their clothes off in public.