When it comes to looking good, a nice wardrobe is key, but being in good shape is even more important. With beach season just around the corner, you might be considering putting that new year’s resolution to head to the gym back into action. We’ve put together eight tips on gym etiquette to make sure it’s a pleasant experience for you and everyone around you.
We get it, you’ve been to the gym every day this week and are feeling good about yourself. But all of the mirrors in a gym are there for you to check your form, not to reflect the flexing wonder that is you.
Air Drying Is Unacceptable
Again, we get it, you’re feeling good about yourself and comfortable in your own skin, and that’s totally cool. However, most people are at best uninterested and worst uncomfortable seeing you in your birthday suit for any extended period of time. Nudity in the locker room should be restricted to the five seconds it takes for you to put on your underwear…please tell us you brought underwear.
The sweat stained tee shirt stuck to the bottom of your pajama drawer does not make acceptable gym wear. You always want to look your best when you’re out as you never know who you’ll meet, even when you’re at the gym. A clean pair of shorts and a tee shirt is always a good choice.
Try to keep grunting and yelling to a minimum. We know you’re working hard, but primeval screams should be reserved for those flipping monster truck tires or pulling freight trains…with their teeth.
Keep It Down
If you’re wearing earbuds with the volume on 100, you may as well be carrying a boombox on your shoulder. If you can still hear the music with the earbud an arm’s length away from you it’s too loud for the gym.
Clean Up After Yourself
Put the weights back where they belong, a scavenger hunt for the missing 25 pond dumbbell shouldn’t be part of anyone’s routine. And we shouldn’t have to say it, but always, always, always wipe down equipment when you’re done.
Respect Personal Space
If there’s a row of treadmills open, there’s no need to plant yourself directly next to someone else. Your neighbor will thank you for the buffer space then you’re both pouring sweat on mile ten.
Unless the conversation ends with “I’m on my way to the hospital now” or “I’ll be there as soon as I get your bail money together” the conversation can wait till later. Talking on the phone is distracting to everyone else around you, and worse yet holds up people waiting if you’re doing it while on a machine.