‘Tis the season of the busy gym! As a personal trainer, nothing makes me happier. I love to see all the new and the familiar faces smashing their goals AND I love to see you all doing it with plenty of respect for the many, many people around you. So, I’ve got some gym etiquette tips that will help all of us navigate our busier surroundings and have a great workout.
Wipe down the equipment. There’s nothing worse than laying down on a bench covered in someone else’s sweat or body oil. And nobody wants to catch a cold because the person before them didn’t wipe down their exercise mat before returning it. Make sure you know where the disinfecting spray bottles and wipes are in your gym and wipe down everything you use. It’s just the right thing to do!
Re-rack those weights. If you put it on the bar, take it off the bar. It’s so simple. Leaving weight on a bar sends the message that you are still using it and nobody likes spending 10 minutes playing that guessing game. Same goes for dumbbells, bosu balls, yoga mats, etc. Just pick up after yourself. Nobody should have to pick up after grown-ups at the gym.
One piece of equipment at a time. We all love a good circuit, but when the gym is busy, it’s rude to take up a bunch of equipment at once. You will have to give it up and be creative to get your workout in or go at slower time. Same goes for hogging one piece of equipment for 30 minutes when other people are waiting. It’s just not cool.
Save the perfumes and colognes for after your workout. When you’re sucking wind it’s suffocating to have a strong perfume or cologne waft into your nose. Equally difficult to work through is a fellow gym-goer’s bad body odor. Deodorant (or a shower if you need to) is a go, while perfumes, colognes, and body sprays are a no.
Respect other people’s personal space. If you can leave a treadmill between you and the next person, do so. When someone is lifting in front of the mirror, take note and don’t position yourself right in front of them. Just be aware of your surroundings.
No unsolicited advice please. Unless you are a certified personal trainer, you don’t have the credentials to give strangers advice. Leave it to the professionals, unless of course, someone asks for your help or you are seriously concerned that somebody is at imminent risk of injury. There’s no room for a big ego in a busy gym.
Decency in the locker room, ya’ll. Ladies, you all seem to have this on lock, but guys, we have heard too many nasty stories. Just try to remember that the locker room is a shared space and not your personal bathroom.
As you can see, it all just boils down to being aware of the people around you and showing some respect. Easy peasy. Now, go attack your fitness and start strong in 2017