Don't Be THAT Person at the Gym: Mastering the Art of Gym Etiquette

Don't Be THAT Person at the Gym: Mastering the Art of Gym Etiquette

Are you tired of witnessing gym etiquette violations that make you cringe? From hogging equipment to leaving a mess behind, there's always that one person who just doesn't seem to get it. In this blog, we delve into the dos and don'ts of proper gym conduct, helping you navigate the often murky waters of shared workout spaces. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned gym-goer, there's always room to brush up on your gym manners. Let’s navigate the tricky art of gym etiquette and learn how to avoid being labeled as THAT person at the gym.

Locker Rooms are for Changing, Not Invading; Why Giving Space is Key

It's important to be mindful of personal space in the locker room, especially when it's crowded and everyone is trying to get ready for their workout. You don't want to be the person who's invading someone else's space or making them feel uncomfortable. 

You walk in after a taxing workout, hoping for a moment of peace and privacy in your own little corner. But unfortunately, there's always that one person who seems to have a radar for invading personal space.

Imagine the horror of someone gliding right up next to you, practically breathing down your neck while you're trying to change. It's like they never got the memo on the concept of personal bubbles. So, here's a little tip for the folks who are unclear: give each other some room to breathe. Respect the invisible force field around each individual as they go about their locker room routine.

Don't be the one who obviously takes up all the bench space or hogs the mirror for an eternity. If you need to use a bench or locker, make sure you're not blocking someone else from getting to theirs. Be aware of your surroundings and try to be efficient in your movements so that others can easily access what they need. 

Additionally, be mindful of your belongings and make sure they are not taking up more space than necessary. Keep your items organized and out of the way to avoid creating clutter or causing a hazard for others. 

By being respectful of personal space in the locker room, you can contribute to a more positive and harmonious gym environment for everyone. A little courtesy goes a long way in making everyone's gym experience more enjoyable. With a little self-awareness and consideration, you can avoid being THAT person who unwittingly disrupts the delicate balance of locker room decorum.

The Golden Rule of the Gym: Wipe Down, Put Away, Throw Out 

There always seems to be one individual who leaves a trail of sweat on the equipment, scatters the weights about like confetti, and then conveniently forgets to toss their used cleaning wipes in the trash.

After you've finished using a machine or bench, do us all a favor and give it a quick wipe down. Trust me, no one wants to sit in your sweat puddle. Oh, and while you're at it, don't forget to put the weights back where they belong. It's like a real-life game of Tetris - just match the weights with their corresponding rack. The person using the machine after you may not be able to lift the weight you are using and even if they can, they don’t want to pick up behind someone else or waste their time having to do so.  Most people are trying to get in and out of the gym as fast as possible, not spend their time playing hide-n-seek searching for weights and accessories that aren’t in the correct place. And finally, once you're done with your cleaning duties, toss those wipes in the trash. Let's keep the gym looking and smelling fresh for everyone, showing respect for the space and the people around you. 

Let’s Keep Things Moving! One Machine at a Time Please!

Hogging multiple pieces of equipment at once is so annoying.  One time I went to the gym and I needed the leg press machine, the gym I was at had two of them… But there were two girls there working out TOGETHER, doing the exact same exercise, hogging both machines.  They could have easily used one machine and worked together.  Instead they chose to take up both machines and take long rests, chit chatting between sets for over 30 minutes. 

And a few days ago at the gym, there were 3 people talking and sitting on two benches, not working out at all, another lady had all her stuff on another bench, but working out on a machine all the way across the room.  There were no benches left for me to complete exercise. I finally went and politely  asked one of them if they still needed the bench so I could use it. I’m not even going to lie, in my head I was hollerin’ “Go somewhere else and socialize and move out the way!” (Please and thank you! 🙂)  

Remember, everyone is there to get their workout in, so try not to monopolize the machines for an extended period of time. Make sure to share the equipment with others, taking turns so everyone has a chance to use it.

If you're doing circuit training or super-setting, that's great, but be aware of how long you're occupying each piece of equipment. It's courteous to let others work in between your sets if the gym is busy. This way, everyone can keep their heart rate up and make the most out of their time at the gym.

Sharing is caring, so don't be afraid to communicate with fellow gym-goers. Ask if they would like to work in with you if you notice they're waiting for a machine you're using. Help create a positive and inclusive environment for everyone.

Jam Without Disturbing Anyone - Use Headphones!

We all love to listen to music or podcasts while working out (well most of us do anyways), but remember to keep the tunes to yourself by using headphones. Nobody wants to hear your favorite playlist blaring across the gym (or locker room), disrupting everyone else's workout flow. Rock out to your jams in your own little world without invading anyone else's space. 

Plus, using headphones allows you to focus on your workout and get in the zone without any distractions. So, be courteous and mindful of others around you by keeping your music to yourself. Pop in those earbuds or slap on those headphones and enjoy your workout with some background beats that only you can hear. Your workout buddies will thank you for it, and you'll be able to get your sweat on in peace. With headphones on, you can groove to the rhythm without disrupting anyone else's workout vibe. Be considerate and keep the music to yourself - it's a win-win for everyone at the gym.

No One Asked for Your Opinion: The Truth About Unsolicited Gym Advice

Lol, again not going to lie, this is a hard one for me.  I see people in the gym with poor form, or looking like they don’t even know what body part they are trying to work out.  Sometimes I fear they’ll  injure themselves. But I hold it in and keep it to myself. I personally would want someone to tell me if I had poor form or was using a machine wrong,  but I have to keep in mind that maybe they are doing an exercise or technique I’m not experienced in and never seen before.   

Giving unsolicited advice at the gym can often come across as rude or condescending. While you may have good intentions, it's best to keep your opinions to yourself unless someone specifically asks for help. Everyone has their own fitness journey and what works for one person may not work for another. 

It's important to respect other gym-goers' autonomy and allow them to exercise in peace without feeling judged. So, instead of offering undefined advice, focus on your own workout and lead by example. If someone reaches out for guidance, then by all means, offer your insights. But until then, keep your pointers to yourself and let others pursue their fitness goals at their own pace. (I’m speaking to myself here). Ultimately, the gym should be a positive and welcoming environment for everyone, so let's all do our part in promoting a culture of respect and support. 

Remember, the gym is a shared space for everyone to enjoy their workout without unnecessary distractions.

By following simple gym etiquette, such as wiping down equipment, not hogging machines, and refraining from giving unsolicited advice, you can ensure a positive experience for yourself and others.

While it may seem like common sense, being mindful of your actions can go a long way in creating a welcoming and respectful environment.

So next time you hit the gym, keep these tips in mind to avoid being THAT person who ruins the gym experience for everyone else.

Stay strong and stay faithful,


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