Have you ever wondered what the underlying rules are when it comes to gym etiquette?
When I talk about gym etiquette, I’m not talking about the terms and conditions in the membership or the basics like “do not spit on the floor”.
I mean the rules of etiquette as applied to the gym.
These gym etiquette rules are usually displayed somewhere in your gym and are generally, for the most part, the same in any gym.
I have used several gyms over the years and here are my top 10 tips to help you become a gym etiquette master.
10 Gym Etiquette Tips for Beginners.
- Wipe up your sweat –
This one is a no-brainer. Do you like working out on a bench dripping with someone else’s sweat? no? Neither does anyone else so wipe the equipment after you use it.
- Put it back where it belongs –
It’s nice to have the equipment in the correct location when you pick up your dumbbells or plates to start your workout, so why do you think it would also be fun for the next person that wants to use them to have to go find where you dropped them at the end of your workout?
Please, please, please… put stuff back where you got it from.
- Don’t be a Poser –
You know who you are…Taking selfies or flexing in the mirror while blocking the entire dumbbell rack… Please, Just Stop it!
- Don’t hog the equipment –
If you’re looking at your phone, having a nice long rest or just saving the equipment till you need it.STOP and think of others. Only reserve the equipment you need to use in this set, not half the equipment in the gym, that you will eventually use as you spend 2 hrs working your way around the gym floor.
- Don’t be a creep –
Women (or men) don’t appreciate being leered at in the gym. Idly glancing around the gym while your resting is one thing. Fixating on someone and freaking them out is just wrong.
- Give people space –
Want to get hit in the groin by someone doing dumbbell flyes? no? Then be aware of your surroundings and give people the space they need.
- Don’t disturb someone who is either lifting or building focus to start a lift –
If someone s stood in a squat rack, facing a bar, maybe with their eyes closed, they are more than likely focusing on the next set and psyching themselves up.
This is not a good time to ask how many sets they have left. Be polite and wait for an obviously none crucial moment to speak to them.
- Don’t stink the gym out –
Wash your workout kit on a regular basis, oh and there is nothing wrong with using a bit of deodorant before you work out.
- Leave your ego at the door –
This one is an easy one to fall into and also an easy one to avoid. Lift with just enough weight to stress the muscle while maintaining good form. Too heavy too soon will inevitably lead to injury and nobody really wants to be giving CPR, when you pass out on a way too heavy bench press, and drop the weight on your head.
- Treat the equipment with respect –
There is a reason that gyms have signs that say “don’t drop the weights” doing so will result in damage, regardless of the equipment in use.
So those were my top 10 gym etiquette tips. do you have any more?
Leave a comment and let me know what you would add to the list.
Wishing you good health and happiness
Now that you are a Gym Etiquette master, you may be interested in:
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Just to finish off I have pulled together a short list of 5 sites you may also like to peruse if you are interested in looking into gym etiquette a little more depth.
An excellent and fairly comprehensive gym etiquette guide from Nerd Fitness:
This is the list from Men’s Health. Not quite as comprehensive as the Nerd fitness link above but still an interesting contribution to the topic.
This shorter and more tongue in cheek entry from the bulk powder site is worth a look. How many of these can you spot in your gym?
Coachmag.co.uk – 20 things to never do.
The final entry on this list is from the art of Manliness site. Similar to the above sites but a more visual version. https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/gym-etiquette-101/T