Did you know that 80% of Americans who have a gym membership don’t go to the gym?
That’s not going to be you though! The benefits of working out and staying fit are feeling better and longer life, and that makes a gym membership worth the investment!
It’s important to practice proper gym etiquette so that you and those around you have the best experience they can every time they hit the gym. We’ve put together a list of some of the top gym etiquette tips. Read on to find out what they are!
1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Even if it’s your first time at the gym, don’t make it obvious for people. If you don’t know where things are, ask one of the gym’s friendly staff to give you a tour, or at least point you in the right direction.
In order to respect the people around you, you have to keep track of your things. Keep your gym bag stowed in the locker room so it’s not in people’s way.
If you have a towel or a water bottle, make sure not to leave it lying around. Leaving those things on the floor of the weight room or near machines could cause someone to trip or twist an ankle. You want to aware of your stuff and keep it close to you.
2. Clean Up After Yourself, Your Mom Ain’t Here
You gotta put the weights back, Jack! There are few things more frustrating to a gym-goer than having to hunt around for the dumbbells you need because someone didn’t return them to the rack when they were done. Don’t be that person!
After using machines, wipe them down! You wouldn’t want to lay in a pool of someone else’s sweat, and no one wants to lay in yours! Trust us, it’s in your best interests as well as everyone else’s…
3. Nobody Wants to Hear You Grunting, Bro
Workouts are hard. It’s natural that at times you will make noise when you exert yourself. A little noise is fine every once and awhile.
That’s not what we’re talking about though… We’re talking about the people who yell and grunt loudly, making themselves the center of attention. You know what we’re talking about; take it down a notch, Macho Man.
Gym time is personal time, so it’s important to respect your neighbor and not pollute their experience with your noise. If you get a phone call, head to the locker room or a private place if you absolutely must take it.
Pumping up the jams at the gym may help you get in the zone, but do so privately. Bring earbuds and play them at the level that doesn’t defeat the purpose of earbuds… Playing your music out loud is not cool; nobody made you the gym DJ.
4. Let People Work Out in Peace
The gym is for getting and staying healthy. It’s not a place to score a date. Give people their privacy and just be a decent human being and let them work out in peace rather than trying to chat them up.
A friendly greeting is one thing for someone you see often at the gym, but leave it at that and move on.
Don’t offer advice on how to work out or use machines unless someone asks you to show them. If someone needs help, they’ll ask the gym staff; that’s what they get paid for.
Practice Your Gym Etiquette With Us!
The gym can be a great place to get in shape and have fun when everyone follows the right gym etiquette. If you are looking for a new place to work out, contact us or just come on in!