Starting a workout plan can be really intimidating for newbies. Gym culture is something that most of us don’t acquire until we’ve been going for a while. Expedite the process with these 10 rules of gym etiquette I’ve learned along my journey!
- Wipe Down The Machines. The gym is a germy place. I don’t know about your gyms, but mine is ALWAYS packed. The minute I walk in there, the air is thick, the activity is high and sweat is precipitating and dripping over everything. It can become a gross environment when people don’t wipe after themselves. From the crotch sweat to the palm sweat to the drops you left on the treadmill, WIPE IT ALL DOWN, thoroughly!
- Come Fresh. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT cool to show up to the gym without a shower. That is actually sooooo rude. Come fresh and re-shower after your workout. If everybody showed up to the gym funky, then what? We’d be in trouble, right. Please come fresh and wear deodorant!
- Don’t Flirt Or Stare. This one is for the guys that may be reading. Don’t gawk when we (women) do our squats or donkey kicks. We are already in a male-dominated environment and some of us are intimidated. Don’t add to that by hitting on us or staring for too long.
- Put Things Back Where They Belong. This is different from where you got it. If you found the kettle bell off in some obscure corner of the gym, please return it to the kettle bell area when you’re done. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve searched high and low for a barbell and found it resting on a wall when it should’ve been on the rack. This helps both other gym members and gym attendants.
- Share The Machines. It’s common for people to ask to “work in” with you if they need a machine that you’re using. This simply means that they would like to use the machine during your rest periods. Sometimes this can be a hassle especially if the person is sweaty and you have to wipe down every time it’s your turn but, unless you’re in a rush, it’s the right thing to do.
- Don’t Hover. If someone is using a machine and can’t work you in, just respect it and ask how many more sets they have. Do not hover over them silently. Just move on to another exercise and keep your eye on the machine for when it opens up.
- Please Keep Unsolicited Advice To Yourself. Nobody, I repeat, NOBODY likes a know-it-all. Unless someone asks you for your input, refrain from critiquing them. Half the people there will not know what they’re doing and learning is a part of their journey. Don’t cramp their style unless of course they are doing something dangerous. In which case you should inform a trainer and let them handle it.
- Keep Grunts To A Minimum. While you may feel somewhat relieved when you grunt and moan during an intense workout, it makes others uncomfortable and annoyed. Try to control it.
- No Grooming. Ladies and gents, this can be done in the bathroom. Tie your hair, apply your lip gloss, whatever, before you start your workout. The mirrors are for watching your form and the occasional gym selfie—that’s it.
- No Lounging On Machines. I notice that a lot of guys work out in bunches and it turns into a social gathering. That’s cool and everything, but it kind of interferes with other people’s workouts when you use gym machinery as a chair or drape your body over equipment you aren’t using. Be mindful of this.
Do you have gym rules that you live by? Did I miss anything? If so, share below!