Like anything else, there are certain rules in the gym that everyone needs to follow. Some may be posted on the wall while others are just common sense. Unfortunately, like at the office, there are a gazillion personalities mingling inside your workout space — not all of whom care or are aware of common etiquette. Following are several bad habits that can really tick off your fellow gym members and how you can avoid them the next time you work out.
Hogging Weights or Machines
Perhaps the most irritating behavior at the gym is when members hog equipment. Most people have a workout in mind when they go to gym, and they know the equipment they want to use that day. The last thing they want to see is someone sitting on a machine for fifteen minutes, checking their text messages or chatting with a buddy. Similarly, doing super sets or consecutive sets with different machines or weights can irritate other members. So, stay off your phone when you’re using a machine or bench, complete your sets in a timely manner and move on to the next exercise. Also, keep your super sets restricted to slower time periods.
Not Cleaning Up After Yourself
Nobody wants to use a piece of equipment after someone sweats all over it. Not only is it rude to leave a machine, bench or mat that way, you can spread a lot of germs and get people sick. Past studies have shown that people can get rhinoviruses or colds, staph infections and even salmonella from gym equipment, according to ABC News, which can cause ear, eye, skin and respiratory problems. Leaving your sweat behind can also give you a bad reputation. Most gyms have spray cleaners and paper towels available for cleaning equipment. Clean your bench or equipment after each use. People will appreciate you for it and even thank you. At the very least, take a towel to the gym and wipe your sweat up.
Offering Unwanted Advice
It seems as if everyone is an expert on fitness these days. But even if you’ve been training for many decades, it’s rude to tell someone else how to work out if you aren’t a trainer. Everyone’s body is different and the way they train may be difference from yours, according to Huffington Post. Some people may have injuries that prevent them from performing full ranges of particular movements, for example, while others prefer doing quarter squats to full ones. Keep your advice to yourself unless you see someone who is performing an exercise in a manner that can injure them. And approach them in a friendly way instead of intruding on their workout.