For millions of people visiting the gym regularly to keep in shape or to build muscle is a key part of their weekly routine. Whether you are a dedicated attendee or a casual gym user there are rules to abide by, some of which are spelled out clearly and others that are unwritten.
Everyone who uses the gym should be able to do so without being distracted or irritated by others. Of course there are different people with varying levels of tolerance and some will not tend to mind but a good rule is to avoid overly boisterous voice-raising and certainly swearing.
Take care with the weights
As much as loud behaviour is a no-no so too is dropping or slamming the weights down after you have lifted or finished using them. The sound can annoy or startle someone even if they are in a separate part of the gym so while you are in the midst of a strain to lift a challenging bar or free weight try to consider other people around you before you put it down.
Always wipe down the area
This truly is a must so every time you complete a session on one of the machines you should wipe down any moisture ahead of the next person’s use. Sweating is a key part of a productive cardio workout so do not worry about it but just ensure that the machine is dry for the next person who wishes to get on it, not only for etiquette reasons but for hygiene too.
Be fair with your use
If you are using a machine and you can see that it is busy with a number of people wanting to use a limited amount of treadmills, cross trainers and exercise bikes then do not spend more than half an hour using it. If it is less busy then by all means use it for as long as you want.
Put things back where you found them
It is a source of frustration when you want to use a specific weight but it has been moved from its place on the shelf and put back incorrectly, leaving you to spend time searching for it. If you use a weight make sure you return it to the spot you retrieved it from. Additionally if you ever find a problem with a machine or equipment inform a member of staff before somebody else starts to use it.
David Jones writes here about the correct procedures to follow in a gym on behalf of Irish Fit