The Do’s And Don’ts of Gym Etiquette

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The Do’s And Don’ts of Gym Etiquette

 

Can you believe how crazy busy the gym is this month?

 

Normally I work out at home but decided I needed a change of scenery so I headed off to my local big box gym for a grueling leg workout.

 

Having owned a gym in the past I can tell you it never ceases to amaze me how many people haven’t got a clue about basic gym etiquette and how to behave like a decent human being when working out.

 

And the crappy thing is that when a newbie comes into one of these facilities for the first time the experience can be so intimidating that they never return and thus don’t reach any of their goals.

 

Normally I am all business when I work out (head down, cap pulled down low, serious look on my face) but this time I made an exception.

 

There were just so many newbie types using every possible piece of equipment that I had to adjust my attitude.

And you know what? I ended up having a fantastic workout.

 

Despite not being able to adhere to my exact exercise order (due to equipment availability) I found myself enjoying the experience more just because I was able to help out some of the newbies who were struggling with how to use some of the equipment.

 

So if you are getting back into the gym and are frustrated by how long someone is taking on the leg curl machine just take a moment and remember that you too were once a newbie trying to figure all this fitness stuff out.

 

Instead of throwing everybody dirty looks try offering a helping hand, and make them feel welcome.

 

Think back to how intimidated you felt the first time you set foot in a commercial gym full of fit people.

 

Many people feel that they have to “get in shape” before heading into a gym simply because they are worried about what others will think about how they look.

 

Don’t be the pumped up jerk that makes everybody feel less about themselves.

 

Instead, be supportive…and ALWAYS practice good gym etiquette. This means;

 

When somebody asks if they can work in say yes (after all it isn’t your stuff to begin with)

 

If you sweat a lot clean up the puddles you leave behind (carry a towel with you)

 

Remove ALL plates from the machine after you are finished and return them to the plate tree (and not on the floor)

 

Put the dumbbells, barbells and other equipment back where it belongs once you are finished using them

 

Leave your phone in your locker   

 

Never walk in front of someone who is performing an exercise in front of a mirror

 

Please try to not pass gas every time you exert yourself (seriously, just don’t)

 

Don’t start a conversation with a person who is in the middle of a set

 

Learn how to lift properly

 

Respect the personal space of others

 

Save the squat rack for squats- not for bicep curls

 

Now these next few are especially for the guys:

 

Don’t grunt, yell or scream “light weight baby” every time you lift something you think is heavy. You are NOT Ronnie Coleman.

 

Don’t hit on every girl in the gym

 

Don’t blow your nose or pee in the shower

 

After showering, please do not dry your privates using the hand dryer, blow dryer or any other mechanical device. In addition, kindly wear shorts when brushing your teeth or combing your hair at the sink

 

Wear clean underwear

 

Wash your workout shirt- every time

 

 Always wear deodorant

 

And please never wear lycra shorts or string tank tops- it isn’t 1995 anymore!

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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