An Article of Gym Etiquette - Practical rules for not pissing people off while at the gym

An Article of Gym Etiquette - Practical rules for not pissing people off while at the gym

Have you ever gone to the gym and instantly become irritated because of the way someone there was acting? Or better yet, have you ever felt uncomfortable because of the sounds they were making or the way that the people around you were exercising?

Welcome to the “Why-Can’t-Everyone-Just-Exercise-Like-A-Normal-Considerate-Human-Being” club! This post is for you, whether you are the suffering human beings dealing with these rapscallions, or whether you are the ignorant miscreant yourself, here are seven etiquette rules that all gym users should live by:

Wipe Your Juices Off: We mean all of them! No one wants to sit in your sweat puddles, trek through your drink powder, lie in your spilled drink, or touch your spit. Your mom isn’t at the gym with you, and even if she were, she is probably too busy getting ripped to clean up after your sloppy self.

Wait Your Turn, You’re Not Five: If someone is using a machine, that means that they have a claim on it. Even if they stop lifting momentarily, they may just be resting in between sets or going to get more weight. Don’t swoop in like it is yours. Wait for them to finish. If you aren’t sure, no one gets angry if you ask them. Feel free to grab their attention and make sure that you aren’t butting in line.

Take Your Gossip Elsewhere: Working out with friends is great, but there are plenty of other places to hang out and chat. The machines and benches are not that place. Many people who are going to the gym have a set routine and a pretty stiff time limit for being there. If you want to socialize, take it into a hallway or on the track and let the people who are just trying to get in their 30 minutes use the machine while they have the chance.

Ten Minute Dibs: If it has been over ten minutes and you haven’t used the machine, weights, or materials, they are now up for dibs from other people. Don’t be an equipment hog.

Make a Better Window than Door: You can’t stand or sit right in front of a weight rack. It’s rude because others can’t get to the weights that they need when they need them. Help a brother or a sister out. Grab your weights, then move aside.

It’s Called Exercise, Not Sex-ercise: When you exercise, it’s totally fine to breathe or grunt when you are trying to get that extra rep in. However, it doesn’t need to be so loud that others can hear you through their blasting headphones. It also shouldn’t happen after every rep you do. Moaning and groaning with frequency and volume can make people uncomfortable, so tone it down a couple of notches.

Large and in Charge: It’s totally uncool to mock anyone at the gym. People are there to better themselves. Whether they are fat, wearing weird clothes, making strange sounds, or listening to odd music, give them a break. Everyone deserves respect and props, especially if they are doing something to better themselves.

We all want to be and feel better. Let’s work together to make it a more workoutable experience for all.


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