Everyone wants to be beautiful, fit, and healthy. As such, we hit the gym and spend most of our time trying to achieve the FabFit body. However, there are some things we need to keep in mind and be mindful of behaviour patterns.
Here are a few etiquette to consider when doing your routines at the gym:
Gym Etiquette #1: Wipe your sweat
As basic as it seems, be considerate of the next person using the equipment. Nobody wants to sit on that bench press machine with your sweat all over. So once you’re done, be kind enough to wipe off that sweat. Or better yet, place a towel on the piece of equipment you are using – the gym normally provides extra towels for this.
Gym Etiquette #2: Limited Time
You want those perfect abs, so you spend most of your time in the horizontal seated leg press. But do you really need to spend more than 30 minutes on that? You are not the only one who wants to tone and strengthen your core.
Bear in mind that the gym is a shared environment and all equipment belong to everybody. In some gyms, there are notes stating the time limits for those frequently used machines, so try to work out within these set guidelines.
Gym Etiquette #3: Using Phone
People go to the gym to exercise and burn calories. If you come here and spend most of your time chatting with someone else, then might as well stay at home. Of course, it cannot be avoided that someone will call you while having your workout so you always need to have your phone handy. There are a few basics to consider when using your phone in the gym:
- Never take pictures of other people – it invades their privacy and is considered a bit rude.
- Don’t take selfies a lot. You are at the gym to exercise, unless your goal is to show off.
- When you need to answer a phone call, leave the gym equipment you are using empty. Nothing is more annoying than listening to someone talking over the phone while sitting on the ab crunch machine that you badly want to use. Go to the locker room or the common area to answer that important call. And most of all, try to keep the conversation low.
Gym Etiquette #4: Re-stack
Once you’re done with your weights, put them back . Do not be that person who just leaves the dumbells, kettle balls, mats, or plates anywhere. Not only is it dangerous, but it also makes the appearance of the gym look really awful. Be courteous and put them right where they belong.
These are only a few basic principles when using the gym. Of course, bigger gyms may have more equipment so there is no need to wait. But let us all be considerate of others and follow social decency. It is always better to maintain a positive relationship with your gym community.
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