Whether you’re new to the gym or you’re a frequent gym-goer, it’s important to remember proper gym etiquette. Unknowingly, you may be doing certain things that other members find annoying – chewing gum, talking on the phone, grunting and taking selfies are just a few examples.
The gym is a place to focus on your fitness and health, and while that is what the majority of us are trying to do, there are always a few individuals we just can’t help shake our heads at.
Also, make sure before you hit the gym, you plan ahead. There’s nothing worse than arriving late to a fitness class, it’s embarrassing for you and annoying for the others in the class.
Continue reading for the 10 Things You Should Never do at the Gym.
We have all been there, patiently waiting for that person to get off of the machine you so desperately want to use. Be aware of how much time you are spending on the equipment, don’t sit on your cell phone or use the machine to stretch. Once you’re done, simply hop off the machine so the next person can use it.
The floor of the gym locker room is full of bacteria. Unless you like stepping in sweat and getting foot fungus, I strongly suggest you wear flip flops in the shower and around the locker room. Tip: Lay a clean towel on the floor while you get dressed, and wear FLEEPS, they are a versatile and fun sandal that you can wear just about anywhere.
Respecting the rules of your fitness class is very important. Members that arrive late can be incredibly disruptive as they try to find room to drop their mat. If you’re going to attend a class, arrive on time, or better yet, show up a few minutes early. Be courteous of the other members.
Yes, the gym can be packed at times and there may not be a lot of space to move around. But if you see someone exercising, respect his or her personal space and find a spot of your own. Also, when the gym is empty, and a row of cardio machines is open, don’t pick the treadmill right next to someone else, leave a few machines in between.
Texting and walking is just plain dangerous. There are people working out around you – lifting weights, running, doing aerobic exercises. The chances of you accidently walking into one of them because your head is down in your phone is high. Plus, you won’t only hurt yourself, but you may potentially hurt the other person involved.
One of the most disgusting things you can possibly do at the gym is spit in the communal water fountain. I can’t even believe I have to mention this but, unfortunately, it is common among some gym members. No one wants to bend over the fountain for a drink and see someone else’s snot. It’s just gross.
Never walk across or close to someone lifting. You could be potentially hit by weights or accidently hurt the person who is lifting. Make sure you keep a good distance away, or patiently wait for the person to finish before heading in their direction.