Etiquette at the Gym
The gyms are a place where everyone should feel comfortable and feel welcome, make sure you also contribute to a good atmosphere. Etiquette at the gym is a skill that a lot of people lack apparently. Here is a little guide how to behave at the gym for everyone’s pleasure.
Don’t camp on your “bench”.
If you see anyone else who might want to go in between, ask them if they want to use it while you resting. There are a limited amount of machines, benches and equipment; you have to learn to share. Sharing is caring!
Be nice but not tooooo nice.
Meet everyone with a humble attitude but if you are looking for someone to chat with you should maybe stay home and use Facebook instead or get a training partner. There are a lot of people who like to train on their own and don’t want to be interrupted. They are in their “zone” and don’t want to discuss what happened in the latest Dancing with stars episode.
Wipe the benches and other equipment clean after use.
It’s not okay to leave a machine or bench full of sweat, there will be people after you who want to use it. It doesn’t take many seconds to wipe it clean after you.
Don’t BANG the weights like there is no tomorrow.
It’s maybe for the best that most seniors avoid the free weights room because they had probably suffered a heart attack because of all the SLAMING that occur there. If you can’t control your weight enough to put it down controlled, try lifting less? The exception is if you are running dumbbell presses with 90 kg in each hand. Then it’s okay. Otherwise not so much
Put the weights back where they belong.
There is nothing worse than going into the free weights room and having to hopscotch across all the dumbbells on the floor. Put the weights back in place when you are done with your set. Putting them back in place might even help you burn some extra calories!