The gym is a place to focus on fitness and health, at least for most people, but, unfortunately, there are some members who treat the place like their own personal playground. From the grunters to the hoverers to the talkers, the lack of respect is not what you signed up for.
Among the most common occurrences are people shaving their legs, so you can often see hair on the bathroom floor that water didn’t wash down the drain. Protect yourself from bacteria living in the shower stalls. How often do you think they get cleaned?
If no one asked for your advice, don’t give it. People will probably get defensive and dismiss your recommendation anyway. Also, are you sure that you are actually right? You could be doing things the wrong way, too.
These include anywhere near the exits, walkways or aisles. People are constantly going in and out or are walking from one machine to another. You’re probably not going to get anything done because you’ll have to keep stopping to let them pass. You may also hurt them or yourself.
Of all offensive things you can do, leaving your sweat on a piece of equipment for someone else to clean is probably the worst. How would you like to clean after someone else? Also, leave a frequently used area dirty exposes people to viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Don’t be rude and wait your turn. Everybody is in the same boat; people are there to exercise, not to just do a quick warm-up because it’s inconvenient for you.
Everyone has 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 look at your Facebook or use the machine to stretch. Once you’re done, simply hop off the machine so the next person can use it.
People did not go there to the gym to get hit on. Keep your comments to yourself. Most gyms have regulars and you can easily become “the person” no one wants to even talk to. Also, you may even lose your membership if enough complaints ate filed against you.
It’s understandable that you want to be in and out of the gym as you probably have many chores to attend to after a workout. So do most people. Just because you see a dumbbell on the floor doesn’t mean that no one is using it. He or she may be taking a 1—second rest between sets. Ask before you take.
Texting and walking is just plain dangerous. There are people working out around you – lifting weights, running, doing aerobic exercises. The chance 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.
You may like what you see but don’t do it on your own. Personal trainers often come up with their own exercises. Spying on them is like stealing their work, and it’s disrespectful. You’ll probably be doing it wrong anyway. Just ask him or her to show you; they probably won’t mind.
This has to be one of the most irritating gym habits. People who pile their weights onto bars, use the equipment for a long period of time, and then just get up and walk away. Stop leaving your weights on the bar. It’s just rude. The same goes for leaving weights on the floor where you just exercised.
Don’t be that guy. Be respectful of the people around you. Dropping weights can cause a loud sound and vibration. It may cause other members to lose their focus. Place them down easily; this will also help you prevent injury.
Gyms are not very clean places in general. Enough germs are already lurking in there. There is no need for you to cough all over the machines and equipment, too, potentially getting tens of people sick. Do them a favor and go home to rest.
Again, this is not your personal bathroom. Other people also need to freshen up after a long workout. You are not the only person in a rush, and taking 20-minute showers is annoying and offensive. Yes, the water does feel good, but wash off and jump out. No need to waste time.
Is your mouth is dry? Drink water. Other than the fact that chewing during a workout can limit your breathing and cause you to choke, it’s annoying to the people around you. When it dries out, where do you put it? Hopefully not under the water fountain or hidden behind the machines.