Gym Etiquette

October 29, 2009 · Posted in Commentary 

I don’t know about you, but I think that society is becoming more rude.  One of the places I commonly see this is at the gym.  I have been going to the gym regularly for over 20 years.  In that time, I have seen a steady decline in courtesy there.  It’s possible that some people are being discourteous without even knowing it. 

If you are one of these people, here are some tips: 

  • Wear appropriate gym attire.  Do not wear street clothes or anything that will reveal your private parts as you exercise.
  • Carry a towel and wipe your sweat off the equipment after use.
  • Do not use more than one piece of equipment at a time.
  • No loud grunting.
  • Do not put your belongings on a piece of equipment that you are not actively using.
  • Do not use your cell phone on the exercise floor.
  • Do not hog the equipment.  Let other people work in.
  • While exercising, do not block equipment that you are not using, or the water fountain.
  • Do not spread all your belongings on the bench in the locker room.  Share the bench.
  • If you are filling a water bottle from the water fountain, allow people who need a quick sip of water to cut in.
  • Please re-rack weights and other equipment.
  • In the locker room, exercise modesty.  Wrap a towel around yourself when exiting the shower.

Please share your courtesy tips by adding a comment.  Thanks!

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