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Proper Gym Etiquette

How to Play Well with Others While Working Out


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    There's a guy at my gym that breathes out so loudly that I can hear him even with my headphones on at full blast. It's so distracting. And he doesn't do it every time he breathes... so I'll be getting into my groove and SHSSSSSSSSHSSHHHHHHHHHHH. ARRGH. Some people have no sense about the world around them.

    Legend has it there is a guy on the south side of my town that wears a full gas mask (like a I'm afraid of toxic fumes gas mask - not an oxygen mask) while he works out. No joke.
  • I wonder what my fitness center would say about posting this! At least in the center they have no rules/guidelines posted and some people are so rude (loud music, etc) that it makes it hard to enjoy your workout!
  • this is a great article. I agree with Laughingrrrl, heat stroke is a very common cause of people not exercising. Several of my friends would cover themselves up because they were too body conscious and I kept telling them to buy appropriate gym clothes.Three of them suffered from heat stroke the first week and two did not return. So the three of us who were left decided to go on the first hour, 5:30 am, and thus the heat was not much of a problem AND we practically had all the gym for ourselves!
  • The author of this article is wrong, wrong, wrong when she condemns scantily clad bodies at the gym. I have heat-induced urticaria, or hives. The advice to "cover up" when working out would put me in the hospital! While it's not supposed to be a meat market, it is VERY unhealthy to overheat, and stripping down to the bare minimum to allow yourself to work harder (or work at all, in my case) is what the gym is there for. The writer has a few things to learn yet.
  • 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!

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