Guys, I’m just going to put this out here.
I know, who am I to judge right? But let’s be real right now, I pay an exorbitant amount of money to run basically on a hamster wheel and to lift heavy things… which is enough to make me mad just walking through the doors of my local NYSC. But in all seriousness, nothing sucks more then just finishing a ridiculously hard workout and tripping over the weights that some person decided to considerately leave on the floor right behind where you were standing.
So in honor of the twisted ankle I recently received thanks to that derp who didn’t re-rack properly, I’ve decided to create a handy dandy little etiquette sheet complete with GIFS (because we all love a good GIF) that will guide you lovely gym newbies gently in the right direction on how to not make enemies at your local workout facility of choice. I know this seems trivial to most of you who are just trying to get their bikini bod before the end of bikini season but I promise you that the rest of us who are trying to get their fit on will totally appreciate your consideration in being a decent human being.
1. As I mentioned before, put your sh*t back where you got it from.
Nobody likes to fall on their face because they didn’t see you leave your stuff right in their line of action, and it’s super inconsiderate to use a whole bunch of stuff in a workout then leave it strewn about like your clothes in your bedroom. The gym isn’t your bedroom, and the weights won’t put themselves back. If you’re feeling extra generous or you had an extra great workout, maybe even offer to put your neighbors medicine ball away but that’s only for the over-achievers out there. Most people will just be happy to not have to worry about where they’re stepping when they’re doing 18 inch box jumps or something.
2. Wipe down your machine. In fact, wipe down yourself while you’re at it. Sweating it out is a natural and expected part of working out in a gym, but it’s not cool to drench a machine then leave it for the next person to deal with.
A lot of gyms (even cut-rate ones) provide wipes of some type to mop up your handlebars with, even paper towels will work in a pinch. Just don’t be that girl who leaves her mascara-y sweat all over the elliptical. Regular gym rats don’t like that girl.
3. Don’t hog a machine during peak hours if you’re basically just watching TV.
This is a harsh reality but be aware of your surroundings while you’re working out. If you see that the gym is getting crowded as the post-work rush hits the machines and you’re more concerned about not being able to turn the volume up loud enough to catch the ANTM marathon that’s on for the eight hundred and seventy sixth time, perhaps consider moving your binge-watching sesh to a couch. At home. Particularly if you’re three hours into the marathon already.
4. Consider wearing more then your underwear to work out in. I mean, I’m all for being comfortable and I love spandex as much as the next girl but you never know what might come popping out if you’re wearing something that isn’t really marketed as “gym attire”. Nobody wants to end up like this girl…
5. If you sign up for a class, follow the leader. I can’t believe I actually have to say this but it can be ridiculously distracting if you decide to do your own thang while also partaking in a group exercise class.
It’s totally cool if you want to do your own workout or…whatever, but leave the group fitness classes to people who you know, like to have instruction and stability in life. Also try to nake a point to show up on time or even early, it proves you’re dedicated and as a bonus…you get to have a better pick of exercise bike/ floor space/ yoga mat. Nothing rocks more then getting the spot on the floor as far back from the yoga instructor as you can (in my world, anyway. I wouldn’t recommend following my example).
What are your gym etiquette tips?
Did I miss any good ones?