Gym Etiquette Tips for Gym Goers

Use proper gym etiquette to keep the gym clean and keep a healthy environment.  Here are some of the things I have noticed that people do at the gym that they shouldn’t while working out.

Don’t Go to the Gym While Being Sick

sneeze-1431371-638x477People coming to the gym that have the flu or even just an awful cold should stay at home. This is the best way to get others sick and we don’t want that. It is an enclosed space so nothing gets in or out for the most part. Everyone uses the equipment so there is a very good chance you could get someone else sick. The best thing to do is take a few days off from going to the gym. Get yourself healthy again to work out at your full potential. A few days away from the gym won’t hurt you in any way.

Don’t Just Sit Around

gym etiquetteYou shouldn’t be sitting on a machine or around machines and texting friends. The problem is there are a limited number of machines and you’re taking up more time than you should. If you are using your phone to listen to music that’s fine, other than that leave it in the locker room or cubby while you are working out.

Another frustrating thing for gym goers is using free weights and moving them to another area to work out, and not putting them back. Having to look all over the gym for the weight you need is very frustrating. It also ties up more time at the space that others could be using as well.

Working out close to the dumbbell racks makes it very difficult for others to get the weights they need. Leave enough room in the area of the dumbbell racks so others can get what they need.

Avoid putting your stuff on the benches such as drink bottles or phones while not using them. Try to prevent stuff like this so others may use the equipment for its intended purposes. Some people are shy so they may not ask if you are using the equipment.

Everyone sweats and some more than others, please use proper gym etiquette and use a towel to wipe down the bench. Use a towel with a disinfectant spray that the gym provides you with or towelette. Anytime Fitness provides you with these tools. You don’t want to spread any possible diseases to harm other people.

Do not walk on mats with your shoes and get them dirty. The mats are intended to be used while lying down and no one wants dirt all over them.

Remove Weights After You are Done

gym-weight-1486602-639x852Always remove the plates on the machines you have used, and especially the heavier plates. This can be too much for the next person to remove all the weights and they might not even be strong enough to remove them.

There are a lot more etiquette mistakes that people don’t abide by. These are the most important ones I could think of that will help out. Some gyms will give infractions for not following proper gym etiquette, but that is mostly long gone. Gyms need to increase their membership count so they don’t do infractions anymore.