Could you potentially be the annoying person at the gym that everyone secretly loathes? If you are commiting one of these etiquette blunders, you might be.
If you are new to using the gym, you might not be sure of the etiquette rules to follow to make sure that you aren’t annoying or inconveniencing your fellow gym-goers. It is important to educate yourself on gym etiquette so that you can use the gym in a respectful way. It all comes down to being respectful and treating your fellow gym goers the way that you would like to be treated. Here are some important gym etiquette mistakes you should avoid making:
Don’t Smell Horrible
A gym isn’t always the most well ventilated place and if you have very strong BO, you can bet that your fellow gym-goers are breathing in your stench. We all get a little bit sweaty when we train, but avoid coming to the gym when you haven’t showered in three days and you are wearing dirty clothes.
Don’t Wear Too Much Cologne
If you think you can cover up an atrocious scent with extra cologne or body spray, think again. You will subject everyone else in the gym to a strong chemical cloud of scent. Some people are sensitive to fragrances and it can affect their sinuses and breathing, so take it easy with the scents.
Don’t Leave Sweat Everywhere
If you are sweating that is a great sign that you are having an intense workout. However, don’t leave the evidence dripping off the bench or the seat of the equipment you were exercising on – it’s pretty gross for the next person who needs to use it. Carry around a towel so that you can wipe away your sweat as you go along.
Don’t Forget to ReRack Your Weights
When you are finished using a dumbbell or plate, make sure that you put it back on the rack where it belongs. It makes it much easier for the next person to find the weight that they are looking for so that they can do their work out.
Don’t Stare at Others
Yes, there are probably quite a few buff and attractive people who attend your gym. It’s hard not to start to drool as you admire their stunning form when they start to do squats. However, it’s rude to stare and no one wants to feel like they are being ogled when they are trying to concentrate on their workout. Leave the chat up lines for the dating site and concentrate on what you are doing.
These are just a few of the basic gym etiquette tips that you should know when you are working out at the gym. Essentially, take a moment to make sure that you are treating others how you would like to be treated so that you can be a more respectful member of your gym and avoid ruining anyone else’s workout!