Friday, October 17, 2014

Gym Etiquette For A Beginner Or Refresher For My Fellow Gymrats

  • Bring a Towel: If you actually go the gym to work out then odds are you are going to sweat. And if you happen to use the machines, lay a towel so me or the next person after you doesn't have to go home with your body sweat. 
  • Drinking Fountain: If you have a gigantic water bottle and head to the drinking fountain to fill it, be courteous of people waiting in line. Some of us just want a sip in between sets but don't feel like waiting half an hour. 
  • Re-Racking Weights: This is a pet peeve of mine. I know everyone does and old gymrats. If you take free weights please remember to re-rack. I hate hunting down the barbells or free-weights especially if someone takes them to the complete opposite side of the gym. 
  • Wear Deadorant: This one is a given but you would be surprised. Every so often I stand next to someone that just reeks. Or I happen to walk by someone that is lifting and I get a whiff of their armpit...yeah not pleasant. Personal hygiene should be a priority so do us all a favor and wear deodorant. 
  • Choosing A Treadmill: It never fails. I go to the gym to run a few miles on the treadmill. There are two rows of available treadmills to choose from but someone gets the one right next to me. Pick another machine. Now if it happens to be the very last treadmill available then I understand.
  • Spotting: If you see someone that may be in the need of spotter, be a good gym friend and ask if you can help them. If they don't need it at least you know you tried. I know it's hard to ask for help if you go to the gym by yourself, but if you have a deer in headlights look on your face I hope someone would be willing to help.
  • Don't Hog Equipment: This also never fails. The douche bag that hits the gym at the busiest hour and claims three machines plus all the dumbbells. Sharing is caring so don't be that person. During busy times there may be people that ask you to squeeze in between your rests. This is normal. Be polite and let them. You don't own the machine.
  • Ask For Help: If you don't know how to use a device, ask for help. Don't feel intimidated. It is better to learn proper form then getting injured. Plus you get the opportunity to spice up your workouts if you try different machines.

What is your biggest pet peeve at the gym?


  1. Great reminder post! My pet peeve is probably not re-racking weights - I always have to hunt around for a pair of plates or dumbbells! One other tip is to use the disinfectant provided to wipe down equipment, especially cardio equipment (most gyms I go to provide disinfectant and paper towel). There's nothing fun about jumping on a treadmill that is covered by sweat, and it just helps prevent germ sharing, especially in winter.

    1. Completely agree! Thank you for stopping by! :)

  2. For a beginner, these tips are quite essential. Most of the beginners are facing different types of problems in the gyms, they need a perfect trainer who is able to guide them for exercise and diet plans. Apart from these, a beginner should keep certain things in mind those are already mentioned in this article regarding the gym etiquette. Thanks for this wonderful tips.
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