In this edition of the top 10, we take a look at the dos and don’ts for gym-goers. These simple but often overlooked and commonly forgotten rules will allow for a much more enjoyable experience the next time you hit your local gym.
1. SHARE TEAM
Since most gyms are usually crowded during peak hours, please be considerate when using the machines. It is very easy to take turns between series on any team. When doing cardio, spend no more than 30 minutes on a machine.
2. CLEANING EQUIPMENT
There is nothing more rude than getting on a computer that has not been cleaned. Respect equipment and other gym goers by wiping sweat off the bench, treadmill, or any piece of machinery you just used. Sanitizer spray and paper towels are provided in most cardio sections.
3. PROPER HYGIENE
Just because you can’t smell yourself doesn’t mean that others can’t. When you exercise a lot, you perspire and sometimes you smell bad. Deodorize before and after and regularly wash your gym clothes after use.
Four. RESPECT THE SPACE OF OTHERS
This rule especially applies in the free weight section of a gym. People not only need their space to perform exercises effectively, they also need space in case something goes wrong. Keep your distance and don’t become a distraction when someone is in the middle of your set.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR MESS
Whether it’s an empty water bottle, a paper towel, chalk, or a wrapper, don’t leave your trash on the gym floor. Always check your work area and leave it in the same condition you found it.
6. BRING A TOWEL
When you go to the gym, you should always bring a towel or two. Most gyms provide towels, but it’s always smart to be prepared. One towel is for leaving and drying the machines, and the other is for you.
7. BACK WEIGHTS
Nobody likes to get to a team that has been waiting only to find that it has to take 360 pounds of dishes away. Plus, no one likes having to search the entire gym for a certain weight. Replace your dumbbells, barbells, and any accessories when you’re done with them.
8. DRESS CODE
People go to the gym to exercise, not to stare at you or anyone else. Superate yourself. T-shirt, shorts, sweatpants, and joggers are perfect choices. Sports bras, undershirts, shorts, and sandals are not. Also, remember your indoor runners and lose your street shoes in the locker room.
9. IT IS NOT A SOCIAL ENCOUNTER
It is a gym and not a bar or restaurant. You’re here to exercise, not to socialize with friends or to pick up. Stay away from your cell phone, don’t tie up gear you’re not using, and try to stay focused.
10. VOLUME CONTROL
Nothing is more annoying and annoying than ringing cell phones, listening to other people’s iPods through headphones at full volume, the sound of dumbbells on the floor and excessive and unnecessary grunting and grunting. Remember, it is a public gym and not your basement.
So, respect the gym, respect others who use the gym, and most importantly, respect yourself and your fitness goals, which are why you are there in the first place. Take care of your gym and your gym will take care of you.