Whether you’ve already got the gym bug or you’re thinking about joining a gym, there are definitely some do’s and don’ts that you need to follow. You might think that going to the gym is simply something you do to take care of your own health and sculpt your body, but the truth is that there is a gym culture that you must adapt to.
Proper Gym Etiquette
1. Learn How to Use the Equipment
This one is kind of a no-brainer, and it can be intimidating at first for newcomers. Thing is, if you don’t learn how to use the equipment properly, you aren’t doing your body any favors. You don’t want to screw up your muscles before they even get a chance to start growing, do you?
If you don’t understand how to use a particular piece of gym equipment, ask an employee or hire a personal trainer who can show you the ropes.
2. Don’t Drop the Weights
I get it, I get it. After some heavy lifting it can feel really satisfying to throw the weights on the floor – especially when you hear that nice loud thud! Not to mention you’re probably ready to just let go of them already.
Even so, you need to just stop it. Not only is it annoying, it can damage the gym floors.
3. Share the Equipment
You might have a favorite piece of equipment, but you need to remember that the equipment is there for everyone to make use of. Don’t spend too long at any one machine, and definitely don’t just stand or sit around near the machine when you’re done.
If you want to use a machine, don’t hover nearby hoping to intimidate the other person into leaving. That’s just not cool.
4. Clean Up After Yourself
One of the worse things about going to the gym is coming into contact with other people’s sweat. Especially when you have to wipe down a machine that is covered with someone else’s sweat before you can even get started. If you leave sweat on a machine, clean it up before you leave.
It is really that simple. If you used weights, put them back where they belong. This isn’t your personal bedroom.
5. Leave People Alone
People are at the gym to work out and generally like being left alone. Don’t view the gym as your personal social hour, and don’t offer unsolicited advice. No one likes that. Don’t sit and talk on your phone, and don’t walk around staring at people. You don’t want to get the reputation of being that guy.