Most people who go to the gym regularly know that there are certain things that you just don't do. Some of these are clearly posted rules, but some are more unspoken etiquette. If you are new to the gym, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with these practices in order to avoid feeling awkward or getting a bad reputation at the gym.
What Should I Not Do At The Gym?
1. Leave Equipment Sweaty
This is a huge faux pas at any gym. It is inevitable that equipment is going to get sweaty. Carry a small towel with you to wipe down equipment after use.
2. Talk On The Phone
Having an animated conversation while you are on the treadmill, or even worse, standing around on the phone while other people are trying to exercise is just plain rude. Leave your phone in the locker, or don't use it. If you have to, step outside.
3. Hogging Equipment
This can be frustrating. There is no reason to hog any equipment. Remember that you can come back to it later.
Hogging equipment is annoying, but hovering over someone while you’re waiting for the equipment is equally annoying. Go find something else to do.
5. Not Putting Weights Back
This is on many a pet peeve list. It can be frustrating to those who are looking for a certain weight to have to go searching for it because someone didn't put it away.
These are a few of the major faux pas that can make you unpopular at your local gym. If you are new and not sure about rules or etiquette, either ask a fellow member, or ask staff. They will be happy to fill you in.
Common courtesy is always your best bet, but don't be paranoid that you don't know everything or that you will make a mistake. Relax and have fun.
When it comes to getting the most out of your workouts, a personal trainer can help save you time and get you the results you’re looking for. Too often, people go to the gym without a plan and just start exercising. Knowing what machines and exercises will get you the best results can help you reach your goals faster. A personal trainer can develop a personalized workout plan based on your goals, current level of fitness and body type.
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