Gym Etiquette In Your Fitness Center
– Several years ago I wrote an article about gym etiquette and several pet peeves that you may also see at your gym. About five years have past since I wrote it, some things like technology has changed, but one thing is for sure, some people still have no gym etiquette. Well with the new year upon us, gyms all around are packed with members, some of which just might have you shaking your head. There is a thing called gym etiquette that many just need to learn because some people just act like they are the only one working out in the gym.
Presenting yourself in a respectful manner, obeying your gym or health clubs rules, and respecting others and also the gym equipment is all a part of having gym etiquette.
So, when it comes to gym etiquette, here are some that can get the blood boiling.
1- Leaving Weights Everywhere
It might be impressive to load the leg press with weight but it just isn’t cool to leave all the weight on the machine when you are finished. If your manly enough to do all that weight then be a man and remove it. This will often cause someone to think the machine is being used or maybe they just are not physically able to take all that weight off so they will avoid it all together. Leaving your
‘ href=”http://exerciseandnutritiontips.com/product/B003UO1DLS/US/exerandnutrti-20/?cart=yes”>weights on the machines, bars, or on the floor is just being inconsiderate to other members. Show some gym etiquette and put the weight away after using them.
2- Cell Phones
This one is quickly become one of the top gym pet peeves because everyone has a cell phone nowadays. If you have so much going on in your life that you have to be on the phone your entire workout then maybe you should hire an assistant. An emergency situation is one thing but being on the treadmill talking about the TV show you watched last night can wait. Working out and trying your best on a piece of cardio equipment can be hard enough without having to hear all about the entire life story of the person next to you. Put the cell phone away and concentrate on getting your workout done. You just might be able to workout more than just your jaw that way.
3- Not Cleaning Your Sweat
This should be a no-brainer but amazingly I still see it. If you are working out hard and have worked up a sweat than good job to you. It does show your working. But it doesn’t mean you can leave a small swimming pool of your sweat behind for others to clean up. Just can’t figure this one out. Have some gym etiquette and clean up after yourself because it shouldn’t be the job of the next person to clean your mess.
4- Using the Equipment to Lounge
The way they make these new exercise machines you can really target the muscles you are working in a safe and effective way. Most of these <a class=”colorbox” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-easyazon-asin=”B00L4NCBHW” data-easyazon-locale=”US” data-easyazon-localize=”data-easyazon-localize” data-easyazon-popups=”data-easyazon-popups” data-content=’
‘ href=”http://exerciseandnutritiontips.com/product/B00L4NCBHW/US/exerandnutrti-20/?cart=yes”>exercise machines have a seat and many people think once they sit on a machine then they have complete ownership to it and no one else can use it. The way most gyms set up there exercise equipment is to perform the exercises in a circuit, so you shouldn’t be lounging on any machine. Just because there is a seat at the machine doesn’t mean you can sit on it all day and shoot the breeze with someone. If someone is looking to work in with you on a certain machine then show some gym etiquette and let them work in. True, these machines are now advanced and more comfortable but I have yet to see one that is a recliner with a remote control.
5- Slamming Down the Weights
This is one of my personal gym pet peeves that drives me crazy. I often see guys throwing the dumbbells around sometimes cause they are heavy or sometime to inflate their ego. I must have missed the memo stating this makes you more of a man. If you can’t control the weight maybe you shouldn’t be doing it. Slamming the dumbbells can often get them loose or even crack them. Trust me, there is no need to drop dumbbells when doing curls, or chest press no matter what the weight is.
There you have it, my revised list of gym pet peeves, that show the lack of gym etiquette for many. Yes, there are more but I will keep it to five for now. My blood pressure is rising just writing this so I think I better go get a workout in to get rid of the stress.
If you have a gym pet peeve showing lack of gym etiquette then feel free to vent and leave a comment.
Here is a good video about gym etiquette….
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