When joining a new gym, perhaps your local gym Xercise4Less, and start working out for the first time- it’s important to know the unspoken rules of the gym. Knowing basic gym etiquette; how to act around the gym, will make your workout experience so much more enjoyable. It’ll also help you avoid glaring looks from the otherwise friendly human beings exercising around you.
Whether you’re a first-year student starting at a university gym, or the gym is already your second home, the effect of breaking the unwritten workout rules is the same: disappointment and awkward moments. Here then is a gym etiquette 101 refresher course to get you started.
Know Your Local Gym Rules
We begin our guide to gym etiquette with what seems like an obvious rule. Yes, we’re starting with the basics- know the Xercise4Less gym rules and pay attention to them. The exercise guidelines are clearly visible on the walls so remember to read them rather than just nodding at them as you move onto the free weights. Gym etiquette differs from gym to gym. It includes things like whether you can take your shoes off or whether you can use chalk to lift. If you’re not sure about a house rule, just talk to one of our friendly fitness staff who’ll be happy to advise you.
Always Put Gym Equipment Away
This is a big one. The pet peeve of many a veteran gym goer- make sure that you put the gym equipment away after you finish an exercise. Re-rack weights like dumbbells or weight plates. If you’ve moved anything out of place like mats, then put it back for the next person to use. This is perhaps the number one rule in the gym. Unfortunately, though, it’s a gym rule that’s continually broken, being both dangerous for and inconsiderate towards your fellow members.
Leave Fitness Equipment Clean
There’s something divine about taking a nice relaxing bath. Less divine, though, is the idea of taking a dip in a sweaty puddle left by the previous user of the bench press. Take on board Xercise4Less gym etiquette and leave the exercise equipment clean after you’re worked out. Of course, gyms are sweaty places, it can’t be helped. Be a good person though; bring a small towel and wipe down the machine or bench before you move on.
At an Xercise4Less Gym Respect Everyone’s Personal Space
In a friendly gym like Xercise4Less we’re very keen on respecting other people’s personal space. Gyms can be busy, especially during peak times, but don’t make someone working out feel that you’re going to jump in at any moment. There’s no need to stand 10cm away from someone using the equipment that you want next. Also, don’t stare at anybody in the gym. It’s not only distracting when you’re trying to work out, but it can make some gym users, particularly female members feel very uncomfortable. That’s why we provide women’s only gym zones at each of our gyms. You’re probably not good enough to exercise with perfect form whilst also thinking about what other people are doing.
Mind the Noise Level in Your Gym
Every one of our members is encouraged to train hard but excessive noise while working out is discouraged. It’s perfectly fine to make some noise as you work through a tough lift or strain on a fitness machine but try not to grunt angrily at your fellow gym goers while you test your limits. Screaming is also not cool; it means you need to drop the weight a little. As a side point, try to keep the gym chitchat to a minimum during the rush hour. Even with all the gym equipment that we provide, space and machines are limited. There’s nothing worse than waiting for someone to move on to another machine while they’re busy chatting on their phone. This only applies during rush hour though, otherwise chat away!
Respect the Gym Weights
Gym etiquette means thinking of gym weights as your own equipment and that means fully respecting them. If you’re strong enough to lift with good form, then you’re strong enough to place the weight down in a controlled manner. Don’t drop or slam the dumbbells, you could break them or cause another gym goer to have an accident. If you’re in any doubt about this gym rule, just ask our Personal Trainers who are always around to help. If you’re looking to try a weight that could break your limits, don’t be shy- ask for a spot, for your own safety as much as the equipment’s.
The Only Guide to Gym Etiquette You’ll Ever Need
That’s all you need to know when you join an Xercise4Less gym, regardless of whether you’re a gym newbie or a weightlifting champion. Stay aware of your surroundings. Respect your fellow gym members. Act like it’s your own equipment that you’re using. Thanks for reading our guide to gym etiquette, remember these points and you’ll have more fun when you work out!