With summertime right around the corner more people are going to the gym to get ready for swimwear season. As such, the time is right to share with you some doís and doníts while in the gym to make the experience more pleasant for everyone.
Ten Commandments of Gym Etiquette
1. Thou shalt wipe down equipment when finished
This is the First Commandment and the most important. Nobody wants to have to wipe someone elseís puddle of sweat off a bench or machine before they use it. There is no excuse for this. Even if your gym does not provide towels and you forget yours, there are normally wipes, or at the very least, paper towels in the restrooms. Speaking of sweating and hygiene Ė
2. Thou shalt use deodorant
Hey you, yeah you, using the lat pulldown machine. We can smell you over here at the treadmills. Swipe the pits a few times with some deodorant before you step into the gym, or if you are coming straight from work, pack deodorant in your bag. Your fellow gym members will thank you. On a related note, please do not wear the same workout gear multiple times without washing. Itís not a badge of courage, itís just nasty. Lastly, splashing cheap perfume or cologne all over you does not help. Actually it can be harmful to those who may have asthma or allergies.
3. Thou shalt not come to the gym when sick
When I am running on the treadmill the last thing I want is for the person next to me to be coughing and sneezing. I go to the gym to get healthy, not to get sick. Not to mention that working out while sick is an easy way to dehydrate and make a bad situation worse.
4. Thou shalt dress appropriately
Look, men and women who work out should be proud of their accomplishments, but sometimes it can get out of hand. I donít think anyone wants to see a manís twig and berries popping out to say hello. Wear shorts that cover up that stuff. And for the love of God guys, keep your shirts on when lifting. And ladies, just because you can pull the spandex up over your back side does not mean they fit. Leave a little something to the imagination please. Oh, and one pet peeve. Wearing jeans to work out just isnít right.
5. Thou shalt not use a cell phone
One has to wonder if people who make or take calls during a workout are really concerned about working out or if they just want people to know they have friends. It annoys others and frankly, nobody in the gym cares about the buns you scored last night or the cute guy in your Spanish class. Leave the phone in your bag or locker. If you MUST use your phone, have the courtesy to go to a private area.
6. Thou shalt not be a squatter on equipment
You know the person Ė they do a set of six or seven reps on a bench, then stop to take a drink, then take a call, then do another six reps, then read a magazine article, then strike up a conversation with another squatter, then do six more reps, then fiddle with their iPod to find just the right song, and on and on. Twenty minutes later, they are finally done with one exercise. Note to this person, finish the exercise then you can get up and do whatever your heart desires.
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