Gym is a place where people go to work out of course for health reasons. Gymming possess many advantages such as it provides a break from repetitious and dull routine, it helps to recharge ourselves, motivates us, makes our life better in terms of fitness and health, provides us with nutritional diet guidance, increase concentration power of mind, makes us social, provides us with a great body and the list goes on and on. To summarize, gymming basically makes us physically, socially and mentally healthy and thus is responsible for improving our overall fitness and health. Though it is a bit costly to when it comes to hiring the best Gym instructor and also it is sometimes difficult to manage the schedule. But keeping apart these drawbacks, there are countless benefits of going to a gym. But, there are certain things that we should be aware of and in fact we should follow if we are going to a gym. This article will provide the list of the top 10 gymming etiquettes that we should keep in mind when heading to or when inside the gym.
10. USE EQUIPMENT PROPERLY
We should be careful with the equipments that we are using and should use it, keep it at the predetermined place after we are done with it. We should be aware of controlling the machine and also the dumbbells and thus should only exercise on those equipments which we know how to use. We should not use multiple pieces of the equipment during peak timings when the crowd is at the most, so that other people can also have access to the equipments.
We should always wipe down the equipment after using it if there is sweat all over the machine. Also, we should never lounge or sit around on weight machines. If we have broken any equipment by mistake, we should inform it to the trainer, so that anyone else would not get hurt because of the defective machine. If we are using a part of equipment that someone else needs too, then we should allow them work with us. Lastly, we should never leave weights and dumbbells on the floor, as someone may trip and get injured.
9. WEAR PROPER CLOTHES
It is very important to wear decent and proper clothes when we are going to a gym. We should avoid wearing skinny or skimpy clothing in a gym, as if we do, then we are inviting stares which can make us uncomfortable while working out. We should also avoid wearing extra loose clothes as they can get stuck in the machine and can thus hurt you. We should thus wear those outfits in which we are comfortable and the ones which are not too revealing which may include yoga pants, shorts, tank t-shirts, etc. Even if we are confident enough, to walk naked around the locker room, we should not do so as it may make others disquieting.
8. CARRY A DEO
We should always carry a deodorant when heading to a gym as it is a must follow gym etiquette. It is a fact that we will smell foul when we workout, so we should use a deodorant if we do not want to get stuck in bad odor between sets. We can also wear a singlet if we are sure that we do not stink. We should keep in mind that we do not use access of perfume as it may cause headache to other people working out in a gym. Also, we should wash our gym clothes after every workout session.
7. ALWAYS CARRY A TOWEL AND WATER BOTTLE
Carrying a towel is also an important, gym etiquette. We should always keep a small A4 size towel with us in a gym. It can be used to wipe our sweat and also to wipe the benches when we are done with them. Use separate towels for both the tasks. Also, carry your own water bottle and try avoiding asking for gym essentials from others. Borrowing any of the gym essentials from other people is the most common DO NOT’S of gym etiquettes.
6. DO NOT USE MOBILE PHONES AND LAPTOPS
Gym is not the place for mobile phones. We go to gym to get a break from our dull routine, and if we take our mobile phone over there, then we are definitely not following gym etiquettes. We should keep our mobile phones in our bag. We should also, not work on laptops during gym hours. Also, we should respect other people’s privacy and should not gossip or chat while working out. Also, we should not disturb the ones who have their headphones plugged in, as headphones, usually gives an indication of “Do not talk”.
5. WE SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON OURSELVES
We should just focus on ourselves when we are in a gym. We should not show off our strength to others as gym is not a place for that. We should not worry about what others are doing, what others are doing wrong or why they are doing it and just focus on what we are doing. We should not offer unsolicited advice to anyone and must not coach others unless and until someone asks for it. Also, we should not make fun of skinny and overweight members of the gym as it may make them conscious and can even hurt their feelings.
4. DO NOT VISIT THE GYM IF SICK
We should never visit the gym when we are sick as we can infect others also. If we are sick, we will obviously not be able to work out as we will not be having the strength and stamina to do so. In such a situation, if we visit the gym, then others may also get ill. Even if we have cough and cold, then also we should avoid going to the gym, as these minor diseases are the ones which communicate most rapidly and can contaminate others with the harmful germs of viral or fever.
3. DO NOT GRUNT
We should avoid making noises in a gym. Many people grunt while working out, sing along with the iPod or play music in a loud voice. All these things should be avoided when we are in a gym as it tends to distract and disturb other people who are exercising in the gym. Also, we should not just roam around in the gym without any reason as it can hurt other members of the gym. We should also watch our language on the gym floor and should not use abusive language while talking to the trainer or any other member.
2. FOLLOW TIME RESTRICTIONS
As we know that a lot of people come for gymming every day. We should try to cooperate during peak timings so that everyone can have access to equipments. Also, many cardio machines have time limits during busy hours and we should never disobey it. We should workout for our preset time and should not just keep using a single machine while others are waiting for it to get vacant.
1. DO NOT MAKE EXCUSES
Most of the people make excuses regarding the techniques of the equipment or the lack of strength to cover their inability to control the equipment. We should be never do such things and should accept our shortcomings. If we would have already known everything then there would have been no need of going to the gym, thus we should accept the fact that we are there to train ourselves. We should therefore avoid making excuses and follow the instructions of the gym trainer, related to using of the machines and the ones which are related to the diet which we have to intake.
If we follow all the etiquette’s stated above, properly and in the right way, then we will be considered an upstanding and reputable member of the gym.