Learn the do’s and don’ts to fit right in
You’re all set to hit the gym for a workout. Great! Awesome! Get to it and make it count. But while grabbing a water bottle and your trainers, take a second to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of being a considerate gym goer. Gym etiquette isn’t as much about watching your p’s and q’s as it is about simply being kind to your fellow health buddies. The following is a list of the top five rules of being one cool and considerate customer at the gym:
1: To perfume or not to perfume?: When gasping for air during a particularly grueling cross training workout, the last thing someone wants to do is inhale a strong whiff of cologne or perfume. So skip the squirt before a workout, but do swipe on some deodorant and jump into clean workout duds. That way everyone will be happy.
2: Wipe that sweat: Working up a sweat can be as cathartic as it is good for you, but leaving it behind on a bench, bike or gym mat is just gross, and can lead to some slippery conditions for the next user. For everyone’s sake, be sure to towel off your bodily offerings before moving on to the next piece of equipment on your workout routine.
3: Share and share alike: We all love to get into the gym and get ’er done! But even the best stocked gym has only so many machines, so if a fellow gym goer asks to share a machine to “work in a set,” the polite thing to do is say yes. The rule of thumb if to reset the weights or bench level to where it was when you began sharing. After all, weight or machine hogs are for those still working out in the stone age.
4: Tone it down: From extreme grunters, to extreme talkers, some gym goers forget to use their indoor voice while at the gym. We all know that guy who grunts, groans and makes such a loud, dramatic production out of lifting that it’s funny and embarrassing (for him) at the same time. Keep in mind that others might be focusing on their own workout and might not want to hear it. Same goes for cell phone use on the gym floor. Take calls outside or in an area away from the machines so others can focus on their own game.
5: Rack and roll: The rule of thumb when it comes to weights and weight plates is to remove what you stack or use so the next person can start from scratch. Just like mom always says at home, remember to clean up after yourself so everyone can live – and lift – in harmony.