From time to time gym etiquette comes up in conversation. You would think that with avid gym goers and fitness enthusiast that this would be the last thing that needed discussion. However; with any gym, fitness center or “box” there are always those who lack gym etiquette. Let’s start with The Don’t List.
-don’t leave your equipment around when finished
-don’t yell and scream (grunting is acceptable),
-don’t hog equipment
-don’t waste time- if you’ve got a bar or a rack, you shouldn’t be texting. get back to work.
-don’t stand in front of equipment just to see yourself in the mirror,
-don’t make fun of others who are not at your level
-And please, don’t use the gym as your personal pick up bar.
All those things just noted are things that probably annoy you if you are a true fitness enthusiast. Chances are if you are on here you probably not that guy. Things you should do: be cordial to others, replace what you use when complete, and utilize the weights in a timely manner (be efficient), guide others that need assistance (IF THEY ASK), know your limits and always remember train hard and train safe. We have all seen the guys and girls who go to the gym to impress others or try to. Where I lift, there is not time for that. I only have time for one thing and that’s my end goal. I don’t impede other peoples workout time. If I am on a bar I try not to spend a large quantity of time on it unless I am alone. There are so many things to say about what we should or should not do, but at the end of the day it’s all about treating others the way you want to be treated and treat the equipment like it’s yours. You know your limits and you know how to treat others and I only ask you remember that when it comes time to train. So many times I enter the gym and end up picking up after others, waiting 30-40 while people talk holding up the bars, mingle and chat instead of hitting the iron. I know some of you will understand where I am coming from on this topic. If not then I want to come to your gym! Keep training, keep pushing through the mental pain and soon the reward will come.