Gym Etiquette 101

cd_gimnasio-6Working on my physical and mental well-being is my main priority while at the gym; however, it’s hard to focus when there are so many distractions that make the gym a very uncomfortable place. So I want to speak my mind about the irritating things that go on at the gym.  Here are the top 5 things I call annoying.

Hopefully the person before you returned the weights to their proper place because you should do the same for the next person. The system is set up for members to return the weights to the proper racks. Everyone’s time is valuable, so don’t send others on a wild goose chase for weights.

Turn the cell phone off for an hour for pete’s sake. Have a little balance in your life and devote some time to your workout. Now that many cell phones have a camera, your co-members might be uncomforable while you use your phone in the locker room and no one cares to hear your conversation. Most phones have voicemail, so let that feature work for you while you’re at the gym.

Crazy things happen in the wet area. I have to say that this isn’t the time to groom. Wearing shaving cream and shaving in the sauna is disgusting.  Although the steam allows for a better shave, no one wants to see you groom yourself.  And if you have sinus problems, please don’t bring Vicks and other ointments with you. These things can be very irritating to those around you.

If you think shaving in the sauna is bad, imagine getting ready to use a machine and it’s full of sweat from the previous user. Come on!  You know you’re dripping wet, so wipe the machine after you’re done.  The gym provides a disinfectant and paper towels for that reason.

The gym may be a great place to meet people, but proceed with caution. Even if you think someone is hot, don’t follow him or her around the gym. You don’t want anyone to report you to security. Try to avoid staring and checking people out. It might offend someone and make them feel very uneasy.  Be courteous, speak, smile and continue with your workout.

If you fall into any of these categories, but never realized it until now, it’s not too late to improve your gym etiquette. Let’s find harmony in the gym so that we all can accomplish our goals in a productive, safe, clean and peaceful environment.

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