I always bare in mind that whether at a concert, carnival or even on the tube, that when groups of sweaty people get together in small spaces, there are bound to be problems…
Which is why of recent I have been finding myself either saying to myself ‘oh my’, ‘oh no, ‘please stop!’, brought on by the glistening puddles of sweat left behind from a previous exerciser in addition to the gym instructor that stare at your behind, forgetting that you can see him through the wall sized mirror in front of me..Sigh…
Since it’s still the first quarter of the year, I always expect the gym to be the slightly busier with the influx of New Years resolution setters in full swing, however, this same influx of people have brought a few bad manners that I feel should be addressed for veteran exercisers or those just starting out
While it’s perfectly acceptable to sweat, grunt and make mean faces while working out, there are a few behaviors that aren’t acceptable. Here are just a few rules for getting along with your fellow exercisers:
If you’re doing multiple sets on a machine, it’s common courtesy to let others work in during your rest periods. This may not always be practical, but offer to share whenever you can.
Keep it down
Most gym-goers I know have seen That Guy. The one pumping away on the treadmill while screaming into a cell phone. Unless it’s an emergency, save your chat-time for after your workouts.
Clean up after yourself
My biggest pet peeve is someone who walks away from a machine, leaving a slimy pool of sweat behind. Thanks! Always bring a towel with you and wipe the machines down when you’re finished. Most gyms offer wipes or sprays strategically located around the gym for this purpose.
Leave no trace
My next biggest pet peeve is the person who leaves six million pounds on the leg press machine. I don’t know, maybe I look stronger than I am. The point is, always put your weights back when you’re finished.
Don’t hog the treadmill
Many gyms have time limits on cardio machines during busy hours. There’s a reason for that, and you should obey it. And no, throwing your towel over the display doesn’t fool me.
Cover it up
I respect the confidence that allows some people to walk around the locker room naked. Know what else I respect? Seeing you wearing a towel after your shower to keep the locker room a comfortable place for everyone.