I’ve been going to the local Planet Fitness for quite a while. I think it’s been almost three years. Over time, I’ve sort of figured out some do’s and don’ts. Of course, I’ve learned most of this by having someone bugging me! So, what is proper gym etiquette? Here’s a few tips.
Don’t Hog The Equipment
Whether you’re alone or part of a group, taking excessive time using something is inconsiderate. Even if nobody is waiting, there might just be someone that would like to us it, but doesn’t feel comfortable asking. Limit your time on the equipment so that everyone has an opportunity to use it.
Leave A Buffer Zone If Possible
People get in habits of having their favorite equipment. I have two or three different treadmills that I prefer to use. So I get wanting to use your favorite. But, if your favorite is right next to someone else, and there’s a row of empty machines, find a different one! I seriously had to give up my top favorite because one guy would constantly come right next to me, even though there were literally 20 machines in a row wide open.
Wipe Down Your Equipment
When you’re done using something, wipe it down. Any reputable gym should provide paper towels and spray. Use them. You’d think this would be obvious. But, I’ve seen enough people NOT do this that I will usually wipe my equipment before and after I use it!
Don’t Be The Smelly Person
I sweat heavily when I run. So, I know the importance of making sure to take measures so that I don’t smell. I wash my stuff regularly. I put deodorant on before going to the gym. Being the sweaty person is OK. Just don’t be the stinky person.
Use Your Inside Voice
Are you coming with a workout partner? Do you have a group of friends that you come with to keep each other motivated? Great! What’s not great is if you hoot and holler so that people clear on the other side of the gym can hear you. While your conversation might be fascinating to you, it’s not fascinating to anybody else. Trust me on this one.
Stay Off The Phone
This one should need no further explanation. Exercising and phone calls don’t mix.
Mind Your Business
Two times, this guy has come up to my wife and started lecturing her on how she’s using the equipment wrong. Both times, it threw her off enough so that she kind of brushed it off. And both times she realized that it made her pretty uncomfortable. Now she keeps a lookout for him, and has promised to say something to the staff if he bothers her again. Seriously, as much as you might want to be helpful, butt out. That’s what trainers are for.
Readers, do you go to the gym? Have you seen any etiquette violations? What do you think are some of the most important things to remember when working out?