My good gentleman, no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, there is always an accepted etiquette to follow – and the gym is no different.
Below are our 13 Rules of Gym Etiquette and a description of the type of guy that breaks them. For those who have never entered a gym before and are preparing to go for the first time, be warned. And for the gym rats that live to lift, you』ll relate to this no problem – I just hope you are not on the list!
Rule#1: No unnecessary noises
That guy who screams at the top of his lungs every time he pushes a rep.
Rule#2: Don』t give unrequested advice
That guy who thinks he knows better than everyone and feels the urge to tell you everything you are doing wrong – even when you』re right, and especially if you』re a girl.
Rule#3: Your sweat, your towel
That guy who sweats over all the equipment and doesn』t wipe after.
Rule#4: Don』t ogle yourself
That guy who stares at the mirror the entire time, lifting his t-shirt from time to time to enjoy his six-pack – and show everyone else in the process.
Rule#5: This is not a place to pick up girls
That guy who gets overly excited every time a pretty girl walks by and tries to impress her with his next rep or by increasing his weight immediately. And can』t help but stare as she works out.
Rule#6: This is not social hour
That guy who thinks he knows everything about everything and just talks and talks and talks for everyone to hear, even when you are trying hard to concentrate on your reps.
Rule#7: Use it or lose it
That guy who just sits on a machine and plays with his mobile phone doing absolutely nothing for ages.
Rule#8: Never slam/drop weights unnecessarily
That guy who throws his weights down and grunts to get everyone』s attention and let you know how heavy his last rep was.
Rule #9: Have some dignity
That guy who thinks it』s ok to air-dry in the shower as he walks around oblivious of others as he grooms himself, all in his birthday suit.
Rule#10: Re-rack after use
That guys who thinks he owns the place and just throws weights and equipment all over the place and expects others to handle the mess.
Rule#11: No singing and dancing
That guy with his earphones on, completely lost in his own world as he sings loud and out of tune, and just can』t help busting a groove between sets.
Rule#12: Maintain personal hygiene
That guy who hasn』t showered in days and leaves a stink trail as he walks by.
Rule#13: No stunts
That guy who does unnecessary, strange or dangerous exercises and is just asking to be injured.
I like the gym. In fact, I love it! And when you start to enjoy something that is healthy for you, that』s a great recipe for success! If each and every one of us followed the above rules, we could make heading to the gym more fun for everyone. Be sure to lead the way gentleman.
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