Everybody who is or has been a member at a gym has probably at one time been a culprit of poor gym etiquette. Gym etiquette is more or less a set of unwritten rules that are put into place to allow for a more effective and enjoyable workout and all around gym experience. Here are 5 things that you should avoid doing in the gym because it pisses people off.
1. Don’t be a “know-it-all”
This is the top most angering thing that people tend to do in the gym that may sound like a good idea to them but in all reality it does nothing but piss people off. Never go up to somebody and try to push your knowledge of what you think you know onto them, or harass them about what you think they are doing wrong or what they could be doing better.
First off its annoying as hell when your in the zone working out and you have some random member come up to you and start spouting their mouth off about how you should be doing what they do or how you should be lifting more or less. Secondly if people wanted your help they would ask for it, nobody cares that you do hours of research or that you buy all the latest workout magazines or what not, just mind your own business and keep your opinions and knowledge to yourself unless asked for it.
2. It’s not Social Hour
I cannot count the number of times I have gone to gym to workout and there are a group of guys just sitting around on the equipment talking away not even working out or using the equipment. The gym should never be a place to go and socialize it is very distracting and kills the workout mood of the gym. If you want to socialize go to a coffee shop or a pub or something. Leave the gym space and equipment free for those of us who go to the gym to workout and actually use the equipment.
3. Don’t Leave Sweat
It is absolutely disgusting when you sit down at a machine and all of a sudden you feel like you just sat or laid in a puddle of water. I understand that if you are working our very hard in the gym that of course you are going to sweat and there is very little to stop it. It is however not impossible to get a towel or paper towel and simply wipe the sweat off the machine or bench when you are finished. Most gyms provide paper towels and disinfectant stations near the equipment. Just remember sweat while it may be all natural, it doesn’t mean that others want to be getting your sweat on their bodies.
4. Don’t be a Staring Creep
When people start going to a gym they are more than likely either out of shape and fat or underweight. There is nothing more intimidating and demotivating that when you are trying to learn the different machines and exercises and you are learning about the weights you can handle and you have these huge guys staring at you. Look just like these newbies to the gym you were not always as big as you are now and you had to start off somewhere too. Instead of staring at the newbies why don’t you just worry about your workout and the exercises that you are doing.
5. Pick up After Yourself
I literally see this time and time again and pisses me off each and every time I see it. When you are finished with dumbbells or plates put them away! It is absolutely frustrating to have to go looking all over the gym for weights that you need. Remember people this is not YOUR gym this is a community gym that is shared by many people, put your weights back on the racks or the plate trees when you’re done with them.
Gym etiquette is not very widely preached in the gym but should be. It’s just like any other type of etiquette in any other sport, while it is not preached it is still necessary and should be followed as much as possible. These points of course are only 5 examples of things you should not do at the gym(the ones that piss me off the most). If you have any more examples you would like to add to this list just simply post them in the comment section below.