It’s that time of the year again when millions of people will find their way back to the gym. If you happen to be one of these people, please make sure you take the following gym etiquette with you!
If you are newcomer to the gym, this class will be new to you. However, if you’re a seasoned veteran, this will be a refresher course.
After spending many years in the gym, you become aware of what is acceptable and what is not. There are spoken and unspoken rules at the gym and now that you are going to be a part of this culture, it is important that you learn proper gym etiquette.
The rules are as follows:
Rule 1: Don’t sit in sauna without clothes
We are all women, but there is something very awkward about having someone in the nude right in front of you doing things that most people would consider private. Being comfortable in your own skin is great, but be aware there are other people who may not feel comfortable with you walking around in the nude. Embrace your body, but please put a towel on.
Rule 2: Don’t use bathroom stalls to change clothes
The bathroom should be used just for what is has been created for. If you are uncomfortable changing in front of other people it’s understandable, but please don‘t change in the bathroom. Doing this holds the line up when other people need to use the restroom. Please be considerate and go into the shower area or other private designated area and change. Normally there is more space in these areas, and you will not hold up the restrooms.
Rule 3: No perfume overload
There is a time and place for everything, but wearing heavy amounts of perfume to the gym is definitely not the right time or place. Instead of using heavy perfumes that may affect other people, try a light body spray.
Rule 4: No machine hoarding
Depending on the time of day, the gym can become overly crowded. If this is the case, you may have to share equipment with other people. If this happens, be open and willing to share. If you are working on a machine and taking a rest, allow someone else to use the machine during your rest time. Be friendly and respectful to everyone and if you are not using a machine, do not sit and talk on the machine. This hinders other people from using the machine.
Rule 5: Do not interrupt
It is an unspoken rule, but a very important one. Do not interrupt someone during a set. If someone is in the middle of lifting weights or performing an exercise, wait until they are done before you interrupt them. It is rude and can break someone‘s focus if you speak to them while they are executing a movement. If you need to ask a question, wait until that person has completed with their set. If they are not finished, do not stand and wait. Walk away and come back when they are finished.
Rule 6: No cell phone on gym floor
Cell phones can be a huge distraction to you and others. Talking on the phone while working out can be dangerous and annoying to others around you. If you need to talk, find a quiet place in the gym to excuse yourself. Some gyms do not allow members to talk on cell phones. If you train at a gym that has this rule, respect this rule and set an example to others.
If you are allowed to use your cell phone, keep in mind that other people come to the gym to de-stress and loud conversations on your cell phone can be disturbing.
Rule 7: Make a mess, clean your mess
It is unhealthy and very inconsiderate to leave your sweat on machines, mats or other equipment. Hundreds of people train at the gym and leave behind bacteria and certain viruses on a daily basis. Therefore, in order to help prevent the spread of germs and avoid getting sick, wipe down your equipment after each use. If there isn‘t any cleaner available, don‘t be afraid to ask gym staff to provide you with some antibacterial cleaner.
These great tips were taken from “I’m Not a Size Zero, I’m a Size Healthy” available on Amazon.