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Proper Gym Etiquette

How to Play Well with Others While Working Out

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  • 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. - 8/27/2009 8:25:06 AM
  • It is almost a little sad that we have articles like this! Gym ettiquette isn't all that different from every day manners! - 8/17/2009 4:55:12 PM
  • 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. - 6/5/2009 12:46:07 AM
  • 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! - 5/21/2009 12:46:37 PM
  • 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! - 5/21/2009 12:46:33 PM
  • 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! - 5/21/2009 12:46:25 PM
  • Do people really spit/dispose of their gum in water fountains?! That's horrible. - 5/21/2009 11:45:11 AM
  • 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. - 2/24/2009 7:39:13 PM
  • 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. - 2/5/2009 12:05:50 PM
  • 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. - 8/21/2008 10:51:53 PM
  • Yeah it's best to go off peak hours if you can. Sorry about your asthma jujubetoo, but EVERYBODY NEEDS TO WEAR DEODORANT!! I've experienced the nasty BO and it's not pleasant.
    They forgot the "Grunters" - mainly guys that want the world to know they're lifting heavy.
    Or the talking twins who use cardio equipment next to eachother and walk turtle pace and talk about NOTHING the whole time.
    Yeah I think equipment hoggers are the worst, Why do you need to wait 2 minutes between sets? - 8/21/2008 9:25:19 AM
  • I have been going to the gym for years . It is very nice when not as crowded you can take your time on equiptment. It is a good place for others to give you encouragement . It gets you out of house in afternoons alot of older people like myself and older .So on a few breaks talking and making friends is great. I encourage older people to get out and enjoy the gym . There is always someone there with a smile to make your day . - 7/23/2008 11:10:45 AM
  • You nailed this! Thanks so much. - 5/1/2008 3:50:40 AM
  • I had hoped to join a gym until I read this... - 3/10/2008 3:13:37 PM
  • I couldn't agree more! Especially the one about appropriate dress, some women dress in little more than panties and a see through bra that they let it all hang out. It shows that they have little respect for themselves or others by flashing everyone in their path (makes me cringe and hurry my child to child care hoping to not have questions asked).
    If you want to flaunt it, do it in a meat market...... - 2/20/2008 7:21:20 PM

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