Proper Gym Etiquette

gym ettiquetteEverywhere you go, you are expected-and supposed-to follow certain etiquette and courtesy rules to show your respect towards other people as well as displaying your well-schooled manners; such behavior also applies in iron-pumping, muscle-bound gyms.

When going to the gym, whether for your circuit training sessions or spin classes, you should follow these general guidelines that will make your gym experience pleasant for everyone.

Wipe off equipment after every use

Always bring an extra towel not just to wipe off your sweat, but also to remove the icky sweat dripping off the bench or treadmill.  Wiping your own sweat off gym equipment after every use not only keeps surfaces clean, but also germ-free.

Return all items where you have brought them

Whether it is a pair of free weights, an exercise band, or a stability ball, never leave any equipment on the floor, as they may become tripping hazards.  Return all equipment in their proper stations after every use.  Additionally, do not just drop the weights on the floor; it is very distracting for other gym members.

Do not hog the equipment for yourself

If you are taking a quick break in the middle of circuit training, let other people slip in between sets not only to save time, but also as an act of courtesy.  For one, you do not own the equipment in the first place and everybody has a right to use them.

Be patient

If you are waiting for the first guy to finish his run on the treadmill, do not ask when he will be done.  Either you wait until he takes a break or use another piece of equipment in the meantime.