Is there an etiquette for the gym too? Well, etiquette is important in every public place – a restaurant, a gym, any office or any public event. So remember, gym etiquettes are as important as personal and dining etiquette. Loudly chatting here and there, talking on the phone loudly, overcrowding the equipment etc are all the poor gym etiquettes we often come across gyms all over. A gym is a place where everyone comes to vent out the stress and sweat, true, but it is also necessary to make them feel comfortable. An unclean and inappropriate etiquette will not retain a long-term membership from customers.
Before expecting others to follow a set of rules and etiquette it is good to start with self. Do not know where to start? Here are a few do’s and don’ts that you must keep in mind before hitting the gym.
Always Use A Weight Collar When Lifting Weights
Weight collars are an important accessory in weightlifting. They help to keep the weights secure from falling or sliding off. They are essential to ensuring your workout is safe and secure. Even though it takes a little effort to fit the weight on barbell many times people choose not to. People should ensure that weight collars are fitted before they start the workout. They should ensure the safety of their own and those around you to prevent the weights from sliding off.
Put Your Weights Back
This goes without saying of course. But it is also known by everyone that this is the number one broken rule in the gym. Ever tripped on the dumbbell or the weights lying on the floor? Well, if the answer is yes then you must know how hard it hurts when you trip. It is dangerous and of course not to say rude to leave the weights lying around. If you can pick it up for your workout you can also put it back in its place. If you can’t put back the weights that have been lying around right when you came, you can at least make sure put the one back you took off.
Bring A Towel With You And Use It!
This is not only about etiquette but also about your personal health. It is a well-known fact that people come to the gym to sweat off their stress and weight so it is obvious that gym is the most germ-ridden place you can go to. When you scurry away from people who sweat you are safe from the sweat of others, but you should not forget the fact that the machines and weights also have sweat on them, which may cause germs. So take along a fresh towel whenever you hit the gym and make sure you use it.
Respect The Personal Space Of The People
Gyms can become crowded sometimes and you might have to wait around sometimes. You might also not get to do the workout sometimes. But that doesn’t mean you have to crowd the person who is working out or using the equipment ready to pounce it. We all know it is quite uncomfortable when someone gets in our comfort zone and not to mention how harmful it can be for you and the other person.Try and respect the personal space of others just like you want others to.
Try To Be Discreet About The Selfie You Take
It is not a crime at all to take selfies because we all that gymfies are the trend. You should be able to take them. If nothing else, they can be a good thing to track your progress. But you need to keep it in the limits. You can take them in the changing rooms or locker rooms. You can take them when the gym is less crowded and you are not in the way of someone else. Don’t interrupt someone else’s gym experience.
Don’t Be An Obnoxious Person
As easy it is to make friends in the gym, it is easier to make enemies. Sometimes we just think about ourselves and forget others. We do not bother to see that we are hindering others momentum of the workout. Sometimes if we are in the mood we tend to ignore the time rules for training machine and just use it for an extended time even during the peak times. Standing too close to the gym trainer so as to protect your spot in line also makes you an obnoxious person. This way we end up creating ill feelings or create trouble for ourselves.
Don’t Be Loud
Being loud and obnoxious is a big NO. You might prefer to listen to music on a high volume but it might not b the same for everyone else present around you. In fact, some people do not like music. Some people like music but they may not like your personal choice of music and you should avoid forcing them to listen to it because quite frankly, it is annoying.
Apart from music, if you are waiting for your turns even then do not speak loudly and disturb others. Don’t talk loudly on phone either because those are manners and no one has to teach you those. Also, if you are training heavyweight, try not to grunt loudly because that is also disturbing to others.
Don’t Disrespect The Place You Are In
Well, this applies to every place you go to. If you have scheduled time with a personal trainer then be punctual and be there on time. If you can’t then make sure you inform beforehand and reschedule before randomly showing up whenever you want. Do not go on talking things about the gym or the people that come in to work out there, it is disrespectful. If you are going to freshen up in the gym then get it done soon and don’t take your own time. Remember, that other people are waiting in the queue. Value their time and them both.
Don’t Be Over Conscious
Not all of us are comfortable with our bodies and maybe that’s why we go to the gym. There are several reasons for hitting the gym. Many of us are not comfortable in working out in front of everyone because of the awkward poses it leaves our body in. But don’t be over conscious about it because you are not the only one there. Be comfortable there because it is not just a matter of a day or two.
If you are sick avoid going to gym at all because gym in itself has a lot of germs and there is no need for few more.
So here are a few etiquettes which are quite necessary to follow. If there are any more etiquettes you want to share let us know in the comments.
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