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Everyone who uses the exercise has witnessed something that makes them crazy. We've all seen things that leave us perplexed, such as free weights scattered about, 45 lb plates kept where the 5 lb plates belong, or someone exercising their thumbs for 10 minutes on a bench with three other people waiting to use it. The last thing you want to deal with when going to the gym is crowds, misplaced equipment, and the sweat of the individual who used a machine before you. There are other things that might be ruining someone's exercise that you might not be aware of, even though some of this bad manners are obvious. Everyone should study up on gym etiquette, from the casual gym goer to the fitness enthusiast. Good etiquette is both respectful to people around you and useful to your own workout.
Here's a rundown of some of the most typical gym etiquette gaffes and how to avoid them.
In the changing room
What to do instead: Tell your friend that you'll meet them outside near the juice bar or in the lobby area to finish your conversation. That way, you'll be able to catch up after you've changed without disrupting others.
Hogging the locker room bench:
What to do instead: Use the locker for storage while you're changing. Hang your clothing off the side, put your shoes in the locker, and keep a little bag on the locker room bench with your smaller items, such as deodorant and face wash. This allows others to use portions of the space while it is being changed (or even just sitting to tie your shoes).
Using the machines
Being too close for comfort:
What to do instead: Put one machine's worth of distance between yourself and the other folks working out (if you can). This provides some breathing room for when the gym isn't as full.
Leaving it all on the machine:
What to do instead: Clean the machine before and after each use. Because not everyone will follow this suggestion, cleaning down the machine before using it guarantees that you aren't dealing with the remnants of someone else's workout, and wiping it down afterward ensures that the next person to use it has a clean and sterilized machine.
Next to the weight rack
What to do instead: Inquire or volunteer to collaborate on your settings with someone else. If you're doing four or five sets of exercise, you'll need breaks in between, so working with a partner can help you finish your workout in half the time.
Leaving equipment everywhere but where it belongs:
What to do instead: Make sure to constantly return the item to its proper location. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, right?
Personal space part two:
What to do instead: Stand with your arms straight out in front of you and rotate in a circle. Your arms should never come into contact with those of your neighbors. Then, lunge forward, backward, and out to each side to create a little circle in which you can operate without invading someone else's personal space.
Being late to a gym class:
Everyone becomes irritated as a result, and they are thrown off their game.
What to do instead: Always plan on arriving 5-10 minutes early. If you are frequently late, aim to arrive 15 minutes early to guarantee that you are not late and do not interrupt the rest of the class.
Pack it up
Bench hogs, take note: Sneakers, gym bags, laptops, and lapdogs don’t all deserve a spot on the bench. Especially during peak hours, lock up those belongings to give fellow gym-goers space to suit up.
When people go to the gym, they tend to lose their sense of etiquette as well as the fundamentals of common civility. You, on the other hand, are not. You are well aware that a little courtesy and attention may go a long way toward making the gym a more pleasant environment for everyone.
Going to the gym can be a fun and rewarding experience! It is almost impossible to be in a bad mood when you are working out and releasing endorphins. By following these simple steps, you can assist to ensure that everyone in your immediate vicinity gets in a terrific workout as well!
The unspoken rules of the gym include wiping down equipment after use, not hogging equipment, putting weights back in their proper place, not staring at others, not interrupting someone mid-set, and avoiding the use of phones in certain areas.
The golden rule in the gym is to treat others how you want to be treated. This includes putting equipment back where you found it, wiping down equipment after use, avoiding loud grunting or slamming weights, and respecting other people's personal space.
Poor etiquette in a gym includes not wiping down equipment after use, using equipment for too long, not putting weights back in their proper place, interrupting someone mid-set, not respecting other people's personal space, and using phones in certain areas.