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Gym Etiquette: Manners in the Health Club

For some people, going to gym is a social gathering, for others it's a serious job. But, just about all members like to have a pleasant experience while they are at the gym. If each and every member followed good gym etiquette, I have no doubt that gyms would be much happier places.

Gym etiquette, like manners, are not set in stone, but should be based on common courtesy for all members. To help you along, here are a few things you can help contribute to good gym etiquette:

  • When you're done with your weights don't leave them lying on the floor. Pack them back on the racks or stands. It's extremely annoying not only when other members want to use that weight and have to hunt for it, but it can also become dangerous when there are weights all over the floor causing possible injuries to members.

  • Wipe down your equipment each and every time you use it. There is nothing more disgusting than finding one available bench in the gym only to find it in a puddle of sweat. Gyms often provide cleaning materials such as spray bottles and paper towels. Use them!

  • Don't train without your towel for your health benefit and for those of your fellow members in the gym. Nobody wants your germs and I'm sure you don't want theirs either.

  • Don't talk above your head. Talking in the gym is great, but someone who constantly shouts and distracts people from their workout becomes a nuisance. Be courteous of other members and keep your tone down.

  • Don't drop your weights. Dropping weights not only causes damage to the weights but can also cause damage to you and other gym members. Dropping weights are also a distraction to the other members.

Author: Dimi Ingle
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