Gym Etiquette: The 7 Deadly Sins
Some of the points below are gym rules, some are common courtesy and some are basic common sense. Don’t be that person – the gym idiot. Respect your gym, the equipment and the people training alongside you.
1. TAKE A TOWEL
The gym is a place you go to workout. You’re going to get sweaty. Very sweaty if you go hard. You don’t want to train in a pool of someone else’s funk so don’t make others do the same! Wipe down the kit once you’ve finished. As the saying goes – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
2. DON’T HOG THE KIT
Don’t use five pairs of dumbbells, two bars and a treadmill at the same time, it’s not Monopoly. Don’t use five pairs of dumbbells, two bars and a treadmill at the same time. It’s not monopoly – you don’t need all that at once! Sharing is caring.
3. LET PEOPLE ‘WORK IN’ WITH YOU
Like point two, don’t hog the kit. Where possible, allow others to work in with you on kit. The odds are you’ll be taking rest between sets, so let others use the equipment instead of sitting on it sending Snapchats.
4. WAIT FOR PEOPLE TO FINISH
You need to let people finish their set before asking them how many they have left. Getting in someone’s face when their mid squat is not only rude but dangerous too. Just wait a few seconds until they’ve finished.
5. DON’T STAND IN FRONT OF THE MIRRORS
Avoid standing in front of people using the mirrors. Some like to look at themselves when they train – it’s a good way to check your form etc. Try not to get in their way!
6. RESPECT THE KIT
Crashing weights, dropping dumbbells or barbells and smashing machines. If you use these pieces of kit please respect them. Replacing them costs money and time – time you won’t be able to use the piece of kit you want to use.
What shows more strength or looks more impressive anyway? Dropping a weight or lowering it in a controlled manner?
7. REPLACE YOUR WEIGHTS
We all know how hard it can be to find a matching pair of dumbbells. So like our first deadly sin, don’t make other people go through it.
Don’t leave the leg press fully loaded with 400kg worth of 20kg plates either, or a 200kg barbell on the floor. Leave things as you would like to find them.
Whoever touches it last is responsible for it. So that loaded barbell you found and used or the discarded dumbbells become your responsibility to replace.
Take these 7 deadly sins into account and together we can rid the gym idiocy.