Getting Past Intimidation at the Gym
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Proper Gym Etiquette

If you haven’t had a gym membership in the past you may be a little curious about proper gym etiquette guidelines. Be aware that while there are usually not written rules for you to go by there are certainly unwritten rules that dictate the proper way to conduct yourself at the gym. Read on for more information and tips.

First, it is important to understand the concept of sharing. Regardless of how big your gym might happen to be there is a chance that there will be limited equipment, particularly during the most popular times of the day for workouts. Therefore, if you do plan to work on multiple sets it is just simple courtesy to allow others to move ahead with their workouts while you’re resting. Put yourself in your shoes and consider how you would feel if you had to wait and wait while someone else did multiple sets.

Furthermore, be aware of the amount of time you’ve been using certain pieces of equipment, such as treadmills. In fact, this rule is so important there is usually a written policy regarding the time limit for cardio type machines; especially during the gym’s busiest hours. For most gyms the time limit is 30 minutes on these machines. If you want to get in a longer workout consider coming to the gym when there will be less people working out, such as before 5pm.

Try to be as quiet as possible during your workouts. For many people, their workout time is their chance to unwind and relax. They generally do not appreciate others who are loud. This means you should avoid talking on your cell phone, grunting during your workout and above all, dropping weights on the floor.

Find out whether the gym provides a towel service or you are allowed to bring your own. Some gyms prefer to provide a towel service to keep down germs, etc. If your gym provides a towel service, take advantage of it.
This one should seem like a no-brainer, but do be sure you slap on some fresh deodorant before leaving for your workout at the gym. It makes the environment nicer for everyone.

It is also important to make sure you are taking the effort to clean up after yourself. It is quite natural to sweat at the gym but there’s no need to leave that residue on the machines. Always be sure to have a towel with you and wipe down the machine before you move on or leave. Along the same lines, take the time to reset the machines as necessary. For example, if you’ve added weights to a machine, be sure to put them away when you’re done so the next person doesn’t have to do it for you. Just because you want to lift heavy weights doesn’t mean the person following you will.

Try to avoid walking in front of the mirrors, especially when others are using them for their workouts. The mirrors are in place to help you make sure you are using proper techniques. Walking in front of them can disturb someone else’s workout.

Be aware that it is generally best to keep your advice to yourself unless another gym member specifically asks you for tips. Obviously, if someone clearly needs help with spotting and is about to become injured, it’s okay to offer assistance, but otherwise keep your comments to yourself.

Finally, make sure you wear appropriate and comfortable clothing to the gym. Avoid shorts that are short; always make sure you have on good athletic shoes and steer away from clothing with rips or holes.
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