It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or a lady; it’s all about etiquette! Being conscious of how your actions influence other people and not using the equipment like your own personal stairmaster are the only actual requirements for good gym etiquette. In the end, it’s about ensuring everyone’s safety in structures loaded down with heavy machinery. Simple enough, yes?
So you made the decision that it was finally time to join a gym. Great! That may be the most difficult aspect for some, but for others, the thought of going to the gym for the first time might be terrifying.
Being a gym beginner might be frightening enough without having to deal with heaps of equipment and loud noises, but what happens when you have to figure out and abide by a set of unspoken, unwritten gym rules? We recognize that the tension is genuine. The good news is that we can decipher the code for you since we are here.
22 Etiquette Tips To Help You Be The Right Person At The Gym
1. Be nice to newbies
We were all rookies once, learning how to use the cardio equipment and class procedures. Being kind and not frightening can make the gym a friendlier place for everyone, especially if someone appears to be a bit lost or is trying to figure out your favorite equipment when you want to use it.
2. Be polite
Say “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” with basic politeness.
On the mat and in front of the mirror, make room for others. During group workouts, be aware of who you could be preventing from reviewing their form and give others room to enter your personal area.
3. Ask for help
If you need assistance, ask for it! If you are having trouble using a machine or want extra assistance, don’t be hesitant to approach a staff member, personal trainer, or other gym patron. And if you need a little more muscle when executing challenging or heavy movements, such as squats, bench presses, or deadlifts, don’t be afraid to ask for a spotter.
For help using the equipment correctly, ask the trainers. Members may also inquire, but only if you are convinced that they would like not to be disturbed. Take advantage of the complimentary equipment tour to learn everything you can.
Avoid attempting to resolve any disputes on your own; instead, ask a trainer or staff member of the gym to mediate in order to diffuse a potentially explosive situation.
4. Leave your phone
While many gyms have severe policies about cell phones, some don’t.
The chances are that you’re not paying attention to what’s going on around you and that you’re probably wasting not only your time but also the time of others. This could be because you’re blabbing on the phone, trying to get the perfect gym selfie to show-off your muscles, or mindlessly scrolling social media in between sets of bench press or while in the squat rack.
Additionally, phones are the worst enemy if you want the greatest training outcomes. They not only make it difficult for you to concentrate, but they also make your workouts less intense. Don’t even start us off on using phones in the locker room; that’s an even bigger no-no.
5. Don’t sit on equipment if not using it
In a sense, using the equipment means claiming it. If you’re merely speaking with a friend, try to avoid sitting down, even if it’s a bench. That bench could be needed by someone, and they might feel awkward asking you to move.
Find a dedicated sitting area, such as a lounge area or a locker room, if you need to sit down.
6. Bring a towel. Use it.
Your sweat towel will become your closest buddy, even if you might not believe us right now. You may avoid the shame of leaving a sweat pool for the next person by placing a towel on a bench or machine before you use it. Make careful to clean your equipment with disinfectant spray and paper towels in case you manage to perspire through the towel (it happens, it’s not a big deal). Nobody likes to sit in another person’s perspiration!
One of the areas that might be the most contaminated is a gym. According to one study, weight training equipment was more likely to have rhinovirus than cardio machines, with 63% of gym equipment displaying its presence.
Viruses particularly enjoy nonporous surfaces like steel weights. So use that towel for your personal benefit as well as the benefit of the other customers.