Nobody likes being a jerk. You get all sorts of mean looks and people talk behind your back — and you don’t want that, do you? Just follow these gym etiquette guidelines to avoid being a jerk at the gym.
- Don’t sit on a machine if you are not using it. And don’t talk on your cell phone while sitting on or using a machine — it’s not nice, and actually kind of dangerous.
- Share the love: If you are in between sets, share your equipment so someone else can take a turn during your down time.
- Wipe off your sweat with a towel and some disinfectant spray. You don’t want to work out on a sweaty machine, and the person after you doesn’t want to either.
- Don’t drop weights. You might think you are impressing others with how much weight you just lifted, but really the noise just hurts the ears. You should be able to set down your weights safely on your last rep.
- Return your plates, dumbbells, and other equipment to the proper storage area when you are done. It’s the courteous thing to do. Plus, someone could get hurt tripping over misplaced equipment.
- Try to be on time for your Group EXercise class. And if you are late (it happens sometimes) please try not to step over (or on) anyone who is following along with the class.
- Wear appropriate clothes for the gym. That includes running shoes or training shoes, shorts or exercise pants, t-shirts or athletic shirts. It does not include jeans or jean shorts — that’s just going to chafe. If you forget your shirt or shorts, please check the front desk — sometimes we have a spare pair you can borrow.
- Don’t hog the water fountain. Like they used to say in high school — “save some for the fish”.
- Keep grunting to a minimum. Yes, sometimes you are going to accidentally make some noise while finishing that last painfully awesome rep. But grunting just to seem like you’re tough? Not cool, man. Not cool.
For more advice on what to wear to the gym, try our 6 tips for choosing the right workout clothes.