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Proper Gym Etiquette

How to Play Well with Others While Working Out

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  • I disagree with a few things. If I see someone doing something wrong I'll tell them . . . or I'll point them out to the guy at the desk. It's no good watching someone injure themselves.

    Also, I go to the gym to sweat. Sweating is natural; BO is natural. Clogging up your pores with antiperspirant isn't (especially as there's a correlation between this and breast cancer).

    I wear deodorant at other times. But to go to the gym where I know I will sweat and then blocking the sweat from coming out, is contradictive.
  • I've decided that I need to go only in the early morning hours to use the Hoist machines at our Y. The evening is so crowded, the guys that are there are so into impressing each other, they sit on the equipment to talk, or they're waiting between sets. It's really tough. On a positive note, I found that when I was cleaning my equipment after each use, other people started doing it too. It was actually contagious!!
  • The only gym I use is my apartment's small gym. Most people are fairly considerate, but there are some who will annoy me. The gym is very small and you will have a few girls that will come in there to do floor work when there is clearly not enough room and it's something they can do in their own apartment. Then you have the BO problem which is not pleasant at all. However my biggest pet peeve is when small children are in the gym. They will act like they're using the equipment and take time away from others using it. The parents are so busy exercising that they won't stop them. Great article!
  • All of these things you mention are nothing more than considerate and proper behaviour that Mommy and Daddy should have taught their children.

    If a child doesn't do it, (e.g. toddler, child, adolescent) blame the parent. If an adult doesn't do it, don't blame the parent, you're an adult now. Take responsibility for your own actions or inactions. You should now know better, regardless of how your parents failed you.

    I worked retail for 14 years before finally getting out (Hallelujah!) I've been a member of about 4 different gyms over the last 18 years and it is truly amazing at the level of inconsideration and ineptitude that is so prevalent not just in the gym but society as a whole.

    I wish your article could be circulated to more than just we SP'ers and, more appropriately, to the actual people who _should_ be reading it.
  • Yes, these are all good points.

    I would also add that if someone is concentrating try not to get close enough so that they are distracted ... it can be dangerous.

    Also, there is no need to drop the free weights on the floor or clank the machines.

    When on the track, don't clog up both lanes so that faster walkers / runners have difficult getting around. It's like the highway when two cars travel side by side and no one can pass. People get chatting and they forget to be aware of others.
  • I believe this article is an important piece. Cell phone users should be aware that if you are speaking of a private matter, maybe the treadmill is not the place to discuss your recent doctor appointment. :-)

    As a person who attend the gym during off peak hours, one of my biggest peeves: While using a cardio machine, having another person use the machine right next to mine when there is plenty of room to put another at least one machine between us. It is very distracting to have someone next to you when its not necessary. I choose to use the gym at off-peak times for a reason: space and quiet.
  • It is almost a little sad that we have articles like this! Gym ettiquette isn't all that different from every day manners!
  • I couldn't agree more with these tips! There is one exception though, as a mom of a baby and a toddler I have to take my cell phone in case something happens. I do however get extremely annoyed when people text while working out! Especially when it slows down their workout, and as a result slowing down mine.
  • This is a great article! I wish people at the gym actually followed this. I can't tell you the number of times someone has come up to me as I'm actively using a weight machine, and ask me if they can use it now!
  • This is a great article! I wish people at the gym actually followed this. I can't tell you the number of times someone has come up to me as I'm actively using a weight machine, and ask me if they can use it now!
  • This is a great article! I wish people at the gym actually followed this. I can't tell you the number of times someone has come up to me as I'm actively using a weight machine, and ask me if they can use it now!
  • Do people really spit/dispose of their gum in water fountains?! That's horrible.
  • GORRILLA2
    This is great advice. You could really just call it good manners. But you didn't mention the equipment nazis who beleive that they own the gym . And the Femanazis who try and impose a woman only time in a mixed gym. What you need is to post this advice in prominent positions all over the Gym.
  • AZHIKERCHICK
    This should be required reading at my gym. There are some really rude, disgusting people there.

    Let's add...be quiet when you are working out. If you need to huff and puff and groan and grunt loud enough for all of us to hear you, maybe you need to rethink what you are doing.
  • HELTHY
    I think this article was very informative. I am new to the whole gym scene and I am very shy so having some sort of guideline helps out alot. Thanks.

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