Chances are you don’t have our own personal gym, damn! Life is hard, I know, but luckily there are gyms we can all share. In order to make others and our gym experience pleasant and not painfully annoying, here are a few rules that should always be followed.
- Don’t hog the bench to write a love text to your girlfriend during primetime. I’m sure she wants you to be ripped anyways, so cut the rest time and drop the phone!
- Always re-rack your weights. Especially after loading each side with 8 plates, no one wants to spend their precious time unloading YOUR responsibility.
- You are not allowed to have 10-minute rest periods on the smith machine when there is a line of people waiting. That’s rude, just plain and simple…and yes, you will get death stares until you are made painfully uncomfortable.
- Let others work in if you will be using the machine or weights for a while. Sharing is caring.
- Put things back in their proper location after using it/them. We were taught this in kindergarten…it still applies!
- Do not talk to others while they are in the middle of a set, unless they are words of encouragement.
- I’m all for checking yourself out between sets (I’m guilty of this), but be careful not to block someone’s view while they lifting. Yes, checking form is more important than your reflection.
- Come to train hard. Don’t make the weight room a social scene and a place for you and your buddies to hang out and chitchat. That’s what the locker room is for
- If you sweat onto any equipment, clean it up. Most gyms hand out towels to make life easier. Take advantage of their free services!
- There is absolutely no need to do dumbbell chest presses on the bench under the squat rack. Be aware of your surroundings and the equipment you are unnecessarily occupying.
- Just because you can bounce 4 plates on the seated calf raise, doesn’t make you Mr. Olympia. Check your ego at the door. Proper form is much more beneficial, plus it’s sexier. A 2-in-1 deal!
- And last, but definitely not least… excessive staring makes people uncomfortable! Yes, there might be a hot chick doing deadlifts in front of you or someone doing an exercise you do not recognize and want to steal, but be discreet! People will notice you and you will be forever mentally marked as a creeper.
It’s important for us to acknowledge that we are sharing a space with multiple people at a time and though we may not realize it, our presence and choices have an effect on others. Make working out a great experience for everyone by following proper gym etiquette!
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