5 Tips for Good Gym Etiquette

At the Gym (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

At the Gym (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

There seems to be an unspoken “gym etiquette” code that some gym goers understand, while others seem to have missed the memo. But what are some of these unspoken rules?

Although I am sure there is an extensive list of gym etiquette somewhere out there, below are a few common rules I’ve picked up, or wished other people would have picked up on, from being a frequent gym goer.

1) There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than going up to a machine you have waited to use and you can’t. Why? Because the person before you choose not to wipe down the equipment and it’s drenched in sweat. If you use equipment, please remember to bring a towel or grab a paper towel to clean up after yourself.

2) If you come to the gym to workout, then what’s the point of talking on the phone loudly for everyone around you to hear? No one wants to hear your conversations while they are at the gym, as it is distracting and, sometimes, just outright annoying. So unless it is an emergency, it’s best not to answer your phone in the gym.

3) You learn at a young age to put your things away, so why does that suddenly disappear when people are at the gym? It begins to get frustrating when you try to find the right dumbbell weights, but they’re not where they should be located forcing you to go on a scavenger hunt to try to find them somewhere in the gym. It would be much easier if people just put the things they use back where they belong.

4) I understand everyone is typically busy and on their own schedule, but one of the most annoying things is to have someone come up to you in the middle of your set and ask when you will be finished. Preferably, I would rather no one bothered to ask when I will be done with my sets, however, if you are going to ask, at least wait until the person is taking a break from their set to ask. The same goes if you want to ask to work in with someone: wait until they are in between sets to ask.

5) Maybe some people like this, but I cannot stand when I am given advice when I do not ask for it. The only reason I would like advice would be if I were doing an exercise so terribly wrong I am going to injure myself, if the person was a certified trainer, or if I ask for a person’s help. Other than that, I would prefer if I were given no advice while I was working out.

Next time you go to the gym, don’t forget to bring your proper etiquette along with your gym bag.


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