It goes without saying that, at Fitness Warehouse, we love the gym. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned gym buff or a newbie trying their hand at fitness for the first time, there are some dos and don’ts that we all need to follow.
Gym etiquette is all about being respectful of the gym, including both the equipment and the people in it. So, to help you avoid any gym faux pas, we’ve written this guide to gym etiquette.
Know the rules
Most gyms will have a list of house rules. These rules are there for the safety and benefit of you and those around you, so it’s really important that you (1) know what they are and (2) stick to them.
Even if you’ve been going to gyms for years and years, if you’re starting at a new gym, they’re likely to have different policies. Also, different branches of the same gym company might have different rules, so make sure you’re clued up on the dos and don’ts of your specific gym.
Go to the induction
Most gyms will offer you an induction when you first join. This is where they show you around the space, talk you through the equipment, and everything else you need to know. In some gyms, going to the induction is mandatory and in other places it isn’t.
We strongly recommend that you go along to your gym induction, regardless of how much experience you have.
Keep good personal hygiene
Sweating at the gym is completely normal. But if you’re not keeping up proper personal hygiene, you can really start to smell and stinking out the gym is never good. So, make sure you’re clean and have used antiperspirant before you go into the gym.
Also, cleaning down your equipment with antibacterial spray after you’ve used it helps prevent the spread of germs and gives the person who uses it after you a much more pleasant experience.
Put your weights away
It can be really tempting to leave your weights on the barbell when you’ve finished using them, but this can cause problems for people.
Firstly, gym goers can get annoyed (and rightly so!) when they have to clear up after other people. Secondly, if you can lift heavier weights than the person who’s using the equipment after you, it can be really difficult and dangerous for them to move your weights.
Keep off your phone
If you’re using your phone at the gym for anything other than listening to music, you probably shouldn’t be. Different gyms will have different policies about mobile phone use, but for the most part, you should really be keeping off your phone at the gym.
Distractions can be dangerous and, if you’re dawdling and scrolling through your Instagram feed on the gym floor, you can quickly find yourself getting in people’s way.
Be on time for classes
This is pretty basic but still needs to be said. Being late to an exercise class is impolite and can be really disruptive. We’re all late every once in a while if there’s lots of traffic on the road or we can’t find our keys, but try not to make a habit of it.
Keep noise to a minimum
It’s fine – and even expected – to make the occasional noise when training. A grunt here and a groan there is quite normal, but try not to over do it. Making loud noises when you’re working out can distract people and throw them off. It may sound like a silly rule, but it’s actually a very real problem, and some gyms have strict anti-noise policies in place.
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