As spring break and summer are fast approaching, gyms are getting more and more crowded. Newcomers and veterans alike are hoping to obtain their “bikini body” by working out more frequently. So the question is – are there any unspoken rules about navigating these packed gyms? And though each individual person may have their own beliefs about gym etiquette, here are a few general do’s and don’ts:
By wearing appropriate workout clothing, you will be able to focus on your workout. Instead of worrying about sweating through a cotton shirt, try a more breathable material for example. Also steer clear of excessively baggy or revealing articles, as they are distracting.
There is nothing worse than having to wait forever to use a machine. Even if your gym does not have specific time limits, only stay on your machine for as long as you are actually using it. If you’ve been texting on the treadmill for the past 20 minutes at 2.0 speed, it’s time to give it up. And definitely don’t save a machine for a friend who may or may not show up.
It’s crucial to stay hydrated when working out. Keep a reusable bottle next to you in order to avoid several trips to the fountain. It’s more convenient for you and will allow you to keep track of how much water you’ve had.
Stare at Other People
It doesn’t matter if you’re staring because you’re in awe of how strong someone is, or because they are sweating buckets. Just don’t do it. Respect people’s personal space. This includes not giving unsolicited advice unless someone is in danger of hurting themselves. Also remember: no one goes to the gym hoping to get hit on.
Wipe Down Machines After Use
Make sure to wipe off the machine you were using once you’re finished. Most gyms provide either wet wipes or disinfectant spray and rags for this purpose. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to get on a machine full of someone else’s sweat, so practice common courtesy and wipe yours down!
It’s easy to get lost in the song that is blasting from your headphones as you’re sprinting on the treadmill. But it’s important to remember that you’re the only one who can hear it. Unfortunately, not many people want to hear your rendition of “Sorry” while they workout. So just try to keep your volume down.
Put Everything Away
When you’re done with your weights, make sure to re-rack them where you found them. Don’t be the person who leaves them scattered around the floor for someone – including yourself – to trip over. Same goes for mats or any other equipment you may have needed for your workout.
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