Many people look forward to that golden hour of the day where they get to let go of all their worries and do something just for them. It’s a special time of day, where they get to be in the zone left only to their own thoughts while they feel the burn.
That is, until the guy next to them commits a violation of the unspoken “gym code.” If you don’t know what the “gym code” is, it’s basically common sense. Do unto others kinda thing. Basically, don’t commit these gym faux pas:
Big No-No’s for Gym Etiquette
#1. Don’t clean up your sweat: When you’re at the gym, you need to clean up after yourself when you are done using the equipment. Many gyms have “wipe stations.” Which are just mounted bottles of disinfecting wipes. I typically just bring my own small personal towel, as I’m not a big sweater. Always wipe up any sweat. No one wants to sit on a wet machine….
#2. Play your music for everyone to hear: I’m sure your music is great. But not everyone wants to listen to that killer workout playlist you made. Just wear headphones. If you forgot them, then forgo the music.
#3. Make loud noises: Mostly, I’m talking about the grunting and other awkward noises. It’s okay to make some noise while you lift, but please be mindful of just how loud you’re being.
#4. Singing: I’m going to tell you a little story. Once, at the community rec center I was minding my own business doing some calf raises, and the guy next to me, also doing calf raises breaks out into song. No kidding, top of his lungs singing. It was so awkward that I just couldn’t. I had to get up and go to the opposite side of the gym. So long strength training day.
#5. Staring: No need to stare, at anyone. Even if they aren’t looking back at you, they notice. They are just being polite and minding their own buisness, and you should too.
#6. Using your phone on equipment: Don’t you love waiting for your turn to do leg lifts while the occupier scrolls endlessly through Facebook all while not actually moving. Yea, me neither. If your sitting on equipment, make sure your using it. It may be tempting to pull out your phone while you rest in between sets, but it just looks rude.
#7. Equipment Hog: It’s ok to do your reps, but be mindful of those waiting to use the equipment too.
#8. Hitting on people: People don’t typically go to gyms to meet people. If you are one of these people, you are one of the few exceptions. If you are chatting someone up, and they genuinely seem interested it’s ok to ask them out, but for the most part keep the flirting to a minimum.
#9. Using your phone in the locker room: In the age where your phone is also your camera, it’s best not to make anyone wonder your intentions. Do what you need to do in the locker room and get out. Not a place to sit and check your emails. Someone could get the wrong idea.