If you do not have equipment at home, and go to a gym instead, you may have noticed that gym goers can be pretty rude at times! Try to be the better person, and make the gym a friendlier place by following three simple rules of weight room etiquette:
Three Rules for Weight Room Etiquette
1. Do not be a Cardio Hog!
Imagine rushing from work to the gym, and all you want to do is grab a 30 minute bout of exercise on the treadmill, only to find that the machines are already in use. Okay, you think, I can wait. You patiently sit by waiting for your turn and then 30 minutes goes by, then 40, and the same people are still using the equipment, despite seeing you sitting there waiting for them! It is frustrating when this happens, and for that reason, it is polite to only use cardiovascular equipment for 20 to 30 minutes if people are waiting.
2. Do not be a Weight Hog!
Same as above, I see this all of the time. A weight lifter has his own little circuit going on. He will rotate between the cable machine, bench press and free weights, resting in between sets. You go to use the cable machine and he says, “Hey, I’m using that!” So instead, you go for a bench press and he says, “I still have one more set on that one.” Okay, buddy, now you’re getting on my nerves!
Look, if you want to use equipment exactly when and how you want to, then consider buying a bench and cable machine for at home. To use a busy gym and take all of the equipment hostage until you are done your own workout, is pretty rude!
3. Wipe Equipment
It only takes thirty seconds and it makes a huge difference to the quality of the gym. Nobody wants to lie down in someones head sweat, or on a mat covered with back sweat. Ew! Keep the gym sanitary and fresh by using the cleaning solution provided and either a towel, or a paper towel.
Everybody needs to work together to make the gym a friendly and enjoyable experience. Without every member’s cooperation, the fitness facility and experience as a whole, truly suffers.