Gym Etiquette – The Do’s and Don’ts

No one wants to be “that guy” at the gym. Read our tips on how to act when you’re at the club.

Dress code
The gym is not the place to make a fashion statement, but it’s also not the place to wear your favorite sweats from high school with the giant hole in the back. Be comfortable, but not too comfortable.

Hang up the phone
People come to the gym to work out, not to hear the heated debate between you and your sister about who has to host Thanksgiving dinner this year. Be courteous to others and send a text instead.

Sharing is caring
If someone is waiting to use your machine, make sure to remember your kindergarten teacher’s lecture on sharing. Make sure to take turns nicely and reset the weights at the end of your turn.

Don’t be tardy
Running more than 5 minutes late? You’re out of luck, the class already started without you. Entering a class late is not only inconvenient for other participants, but can be dangerous if you haven’t warmed up properly.

Keep your sweat to yourself
Sweat is fat crying, right? Keep it to yourself. Wipe down the equipment after you use it, no exceptions.

Personal bubble
Everyone has a personal bubble, give them their space. If you are putting your mat down in class, make sure the person next to you has plenty of room to move around.

Germ-free zone
Be considerate of others and stay home if you’re under the weather. No one else wants to catch your cold.

Don’t treat the locker room like your personal bathroom
Keep your personal belongings in a locker, clean up after yourself in the shower and changing area, and return dirty towels to the receptacle.

Ask for help
Have a question? That’s why we’re here! We want to help you but we can’t unless you let us know what you need.

Always wear deodorant
This one is a no-brainer.

Know your limits
Talk to a fitness expert to make sure you’re not pushing yourself too hard. Listen to your body and be wary of working out to the point of exhaustion or injury.

Keep your opinions to yourself
Please don’t offer unsolicited advice, our gym staff is more than capable of helping our members. More importantly, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.