What bugs you most about going to the gym? Is it having to drive there? Being really sweaty afterward? For many people, the most annoying part of the gym is having to deal with a lack of etiquette. We’ve all been faced with those gym goers who just do not seem to give a hoot about gym etiquette. Practicing gym etiquette is what separates the respectable, friendly members from those meat head idiots you just want to smash in the face with a racquetball. The following are the top three gym etiquette rules you should follow to keep your workout classy.
Gym Etiquette Rule Number 3 – Stop Grunting Like an Animal
Whuuut! Whuuut! Sound familiar? No matter what gym you go to, you will find that guy at the squat rack who can’t keep his mouth shut. We do not care how jacked and tan you are, just keep your mouth closed while you try and curl more than you can handle with bad form.
As a general rule, do not try and draw unnecessary attention to yourself. Yes you feel fantastic because you just added 5 pounds to your max bench press, but nobody likes a showoff. Besides, there will always be another guy down the row benching 50 more pounds anyway. Unless you invented the deadlift, keep it to yourself.
Gym Etiquette Rule Number 2 – Wipe It Down!
We all sweat. Period. Some of us sweat more than others. Either way, please take the 10 extra seconds it takes to grab a paper towel, spray it, and wipe down the last piece of equipment you use. Next time you do not feel like taking this step, imagine the sweatiest, most out of shape guy. Now imagine sitting in a wading pool of his sweat. Got the picture?
Gym Etiquette Rule Number 1 – Get Out of the Way
You don’t need to stand in front of the mirror to check out your tricep v. I need to get to the dumbbells. You don’t neet to sit on that machine for 5 minutes once you are done your set. Go walk it off. Sure you might have just gotten the golden opportunity to chat up that cute girl, but you’re standing in front of the squat rack. That cell phone conversation your having is not only leaving you in the way of the machine I want to use, it’s just plain annoying. Please, just make a point of not getting in other peoples’ way, and we will all get along just fine.
The Rules Are Set
There you have it. Do not be a meathead, keep it clean, and stay out of the way. Do these three things and nobody will ever be able to call you out on poor gym etquette. Well, someone will always try.