Like so many places in life, gyms and health clubs have rules and regulations. Most gyms post these rules, such as the need to wear rubber soled shoes, or that jeans are not appropriate workout attire. The majority of these rules are put in place to protect the establishment from being sued should somebody fall off the treadmill while jogging in jeans and flip-flops, and that’s perfectly understandable.
There are also certain unwritten rules, however, that apply to the majority of gyms and health clubs. If you’ve ever spent any time working out at a gym, you’ve undoubtedly had to deal with the consequences of somebody breaking one of these rules. Or, perhaps, you’re the person breaking these rules and annoying others.
Follow these unwritten rules and you’ll be sure to avoid offending anybody at the gym, and gaining a reputation as that person.
Don’t forget to wipe down the equipment.
Look, you sweat, I sweat, we all sweat. It’s what happens during a good workout, and it happens even more during a great one. Do everybody else a favor and wipe the small lake of sweat you left on the bench.
Do remember to lay a towel down on the bench.
If you’re too into your workout to stop and wipe your sweat remnants off the benches when you’re done using them, do everybody a favor and simply lay a towel down before you drop yourself into bench press position. When you’re done you won’t even have to wipe anything down.
Don’t bring your tablet to the gym.
There are few things more irritating then watching somebody flip through a magazine on their iPad or Kindle while barely biking fast enough to keep the machine operating. You’re there to break a sweat, burn some calories, and try to get into better shape. Reading the latest issue of Wired while shuffling on the treadmill is not going to do anything except annoy the people who want to jog.
Do re-rack the weights when you’re finished with them.
Few things are more annoying than having to interrupt your workout to clean up after somebody who just walked away from the weights on the bench press. Now you have to take theirs down, put them away, and put yours up. Sure, it might only take a few seconds but it’s the principle.
Don’t talk on your phone the entire time.
What is the one thing more irritating than somebody reading an e-magazine while wasting an hour on the treadmill? It’s the person who insists on making phone calls during their workout. Do everybody else a favor and leave the phone in your gym bag while you exercise. Nobody wants to hear your pointless conversation with the friend you talk to everyday.
Do let others work in with you.
Most gyms have a good selection of equipment, but sometimes it just works out that more than one person wants to use the same piece at once. Be kind to those people and let them work in with you while you’re benching, leg-pressing, squatting, or whatever else. You never know when you’re going to be waiting to curl and some jerk won’t let you. Believe in gym karma.
A. Orien Avery is a freelance writer as well as a Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. His work has appeared on sites such as Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Health, and Yahoo UK News.
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