When a working space follows a punctual decorum, it becomes a better place to focus and work.
Most of us who have been to a gym must be familiar with the fact that gym walls are usually filled with some in-house gym etiquettes and rules for all the gym members.
Doesn’t matter if you are a newbie at the gym or an annual platinum package member. Your local gym deserves to be a well-organized place, just like your work desk.
9 Gym Etiquettes You Must Follow!
Let us come to the star question of this blog, how many etiquettes do you follow while you are working out?
Forget about following basic gym etiquettes, do you even remember reading what’s written on that “Gym Do’s and Don’ts” list?
Be honest to yourself – Yes/No!?
If not, then here are a few standard gym etiquettes for you to follow next time you visit your local fitness centre.
1. Wipe it Before You Leave it!
People want to use the machine after you, but nobody would love to lie down on your sweat. You sweat or not doesn’t matter. Always carry a sanitiser and a cotton towel with you inside the gym.
The one who’s leaving – After you are done using a machine. Sanitize your dirty germs sweat patches with your towel and sanitiser.
The one who’ll be using – Make sure you sanitize the seat for yourself and then start working out.
2. Just Re-Rack the Damn Weights!
A guy was using the barbell and left it hanging in a corner of the gym. One lady was using the dumbbells and left the dumbbells lying on the bench.
Another guy will use dozens of plates for drop weight – leg press and leave the plates lying on the floor.
One person starts this chain of mess and without even realizing people start to follow this same thing, one after the other. If he is not picking, why would I?
Strong is not the one who can lift 50 kg dumbbells. A real strong man will use 50 kg dumbbells and always remember to re-rack his weights.
Remember, when you re-rack weights back, it becomes easier for another person to find them. Also, putting weights back helps to de-clutter the gym space.
3. Don’t Gimme That Look!
You look damn creepy, annoying, and off-putting altogether when you stare at other people’s butts, cleavages, or parts that get uncovered during a vigorous workout.
No matter what – Always respect others’ dressing sense and their body posture while they work out. Rather than looking at their naked parts, you should try to focus on your form and reps count.
4. Switch Off or Silent Your Mobile
Unless it is not the end of this world, please put your mobile phone in the locker before starting to work out. The ones who tend to work out with mobile phones are always distracted either by the calls or by the texts.
The workout that you could have finished in only 1 hour took you 2 hours, just because you are facing the Digital Dependence issue.
Physical fitness is a commitment to yourself.
Sorry to say this, but you will hardly see any visible result in your physical strength, if you tend to be super occupied with your phone and other gadgets during your workout, then it’s your fault.
Therefore, never blame your trainer for the results!!
5. Put Your Stuff in the Locker Room
Many people keep their wallets, gym bags, or sweaty jackets on the machine or bench. Either such people are saving the bench for the next rep or they are just suffering from short-term memory loss.
Anyways, it is super annoying!!
It’s not only about the mobile phone that you should be keeping in the locker room.
If you carry a wallet, bag, or some other important stuff with you to the gym, keep them in the locker.
Try to carry the bare minimum things to the gym. In case you have a lot of stuff, leave it in your car or inside your gym locker.
Trust me! – No one wants to smell your sweaty hoddie or trip over your huge bag.
Also, it’s not even safe to leave your stuff carelessly in a public place. Someone can steal your things when you are away.
6. Stop Posing Like a Model
If you visit the gym for the sake of a picture. Then, my friend, it’s time to save your hard-earned money.
Amateurs and newbies have this whole obsession of standing in front of the mirror and taking gazillion pictures.
They just keep on showing their naked body, which is not even on board yet with any muscles or vascularity.
No, we are not saying stop taking your difference pictures. Taking difference pictures is essential for tracking progress, but sensible people take only a few difference pictures in 1 to 2 months.
7. Stop that Stupid Gossip!
Trust me, fellas!! Gossip can wait a few hours!
What can’t wait is you trying to work out for an hour in the gym with focus.
It’s always important to prioritize your time and efforts. If you made it so far like getting up from the bed, dressing up, and driving to the gym, then make it through your workout session too.
After you are done, maybe you can take 10 more minutes to gossip around. But do not gossip while your work out. Leaving distractions behind – will only help you grow better in life.
8. Don’t be a Space Invader
We all like a bit of space while we are working out. Sometimes this is not possible due to the rush at peak hours.
But, if there are 9 treadmills free out of 10, then do not pick the right next to the only other occupied one!
Or maybe if someone is doing a set of walking lunges don’t cut right across their path.
Try not to make others uncomfortable during workouts. Please try not to be a space invader.
9. Respect the Gym Equipment
Take care of your gym equipment and the equipment will take care of you.
Many ego lifters just slam the barbells and dumbbells on the ground. If you think you look cool then…No my friend. That’s not cool, it’s disrespectful!!
This just makes you look like an attention-seeker, who’s just soo damn boosted with his/her ego.
If your set is incredibly difficult, then always try to slam it on a bounceable platform.
Also, do not throw the barbell back in the rack from a distance post your workout set. This makes you look like a lazy person.
If you want to re-rack the barbells after an intense set. Firstly, drop it on a bounceable platform and then rest yourself. Once you feel comfortable, go and re-rack.
Remember, smashing the weights is equivalent to disrespecting what made you a stronger person in the first place. So, be mindful.
The Bottom Line
Ok, so these were some strict-to-follow gym etiquettes that you should not miss out on, the next time you visit one.
Share these with your gym mates and make your gym a better place to work out!!