Etiquette at the Gym

By all means, feel the burn at the gym, but don’t intimidate others.

For you to really get the maximum benefits from a gym membership, you need to feel very comfortable wherever you decide to work out. If the gym is intimidating or otherwise off-putting, you will be far less inclined to spend time there, thus defeating the whole purpose of having a membership.

Here is some basic gym etiquette to remember; observe these at all times to ensure that everyone has the best experience they can:

Observe the Rules

Every facility has its own set of posted rules members are expected to follow. Make sure you read and understand them.

Be Polite

Treat others as you would wish to be treated and don’t be intimidating. People who are self-conscious about how they look probably already feel uncomfortable around those who are fit; be nice and offer to help them whenever possible.

Wipe Down the Equipment When Finished

When you finish with a machine, use whatever sanitary solution the gym supplies to wipe off the equipment. Many people may use a piece of equipment over the course of a day and that can mean a whole lot of germs; don’t contribute to the bacteria pool by leaving yours behind.

Make Sure Someone Else is Not Using the Equipment

Someone using a machine may have gotten up to ask a question or get something they need; that doesn’t mean they have finished. If it’s not clear, ask whether anyone is using a machine before you sit down and get started.

Give People Enough Space

The gym can get very crowded during peak times, but do your best not to crowd your fellow member. Make sure everyone has ample space to perform their activity. This will ensure member comfort and help to prevent injuries.