Working out at your local gym has many
benefits: You have a great variety of classes and equipment at your disposal.
But chances are there are things that annoy you and others gym users.
You yourself could even be guilty of breaking
some of these gym rules:
putting away the equipment
Ask anyone who regularly works out in the free-weight section what their biggest
annoyance is and it would undoubtedly be weights that aren’t put back where
Don’t be the person who leaves a set of dumbbells on the floor. If
you used them, put them back where you found them. The same applies to Swiss
balls, yoga mats and steps.
wiping the equipment
We’ve all spotted the person who sweats buckets on the spinning bike and
nonchalantly walks away without even wiping off the seat.
Don’t be that person.
Always wipe down your equipment, including treadmill handles and weights.
3. Hogging the equipment
We can see you! You’re occupying the
last open bench, but instead of working out, you’re checking your phone for
4. Being stuck to your phone
When using your phone, please keep the
people around you in mind. You could be distracting or annoying them. A lot of
us use our phones for fitness apps or music, but if you have your phone with
you, be mindful of how you use it. Don’t have long or loud conversations! Sending
a text message or checking your phone during an exercise class is extremely
disrespectful towards the instructor. Also, walking around in the gym, head
down, makes it easier for you to bump into people.
Don’t go to town with the perfume or deodorant at the gym, especially in an
enclosed area like your spinning class. People might find it overpowering. And
you’re going to sweat anyway, so why waste that expensive perfume.
There’s nothing wrong with a polite smile and a chat. But if you
give unsolicited advice to strangers and interrupt people’s workout, you’re
being annoying. The only time to speak up and interfere is when you see someone
about to injure themselves.
to the gym when you’re ill
Don’t be a hero! Not only do you risk getting sicker, but gyms are
breeding grounds for bacteria and you can easily spread your germs around,
contaminating those around you.
in front of the equipment racks
Space might be limited, but don’t make things worse by blocking
off access to the weight rack or yoga mats. Be considerate and move to another
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