Definitely! It’s not about memorizing all the rules (although that can be useful), but knowing some basics. You should make an effort to follow proper gym etiquette. If you don’t, you might just annoy other club members – and no one wants that! So, how can you avoid this? Definitely! It’s not about memorizing all the rules (although that can be useful), but knowing some basics. You should make an effort to follow proper gym etiquette. If you don’t, you might just annoy other club members – and no one wants that! So, how can you avoid this? 

1. Use a towel

In my opinion, this is the most ignored rule. If you claim that you don’t need a towel because you “don’t sweat” then I suggest seeing a doctor, because body sweating disorders are very serious. The truth is – we all sweat! But it doesn’t mean that everyone else has to find out by touching our used, wet equipment. No ifs, ands or buts!  Plus, our sweat destroys the equipment. The acids in it cause cracks in the upholstery – if you don’t want your favorite gym equipment to be out of order until an upholsterer fixes the issue, just remember to always use a towel.

2. Bring a fresh gym outfit

There’s nothing worse than the smell of sweaty clothes. Visiting the gym in the same unwashed outfit a few times can create some major odor in the vicinity. As manager, I feel uncomfortable essentially telling people that they smell and should change – and I would never want to be in their shoes. So while working on your fitness, make sure you also work on checking the freshness of your outfit!

3. Put away your equipment where it belongs

This isn’t just about tidiness or trying to impress the club manager – it’s about having a proper workout. Finding equipment often takes a long time, which disturbs the right rhythm of training. It’s usually club staff that take the blame for the mess. Well, my dear club members, it’s true that staff are responsible for keeping workout zones tidy, but the problem comes down to your discipline. So please, don’t make working out a pain for others – put your equipment back to its right place when you’re done. The club zone signs and gym equipment organization (bars, weights, etc.) in specific areas will help you do so.

4. Come to classes on time

It’s not only about missing the warm up (although fitness instructors hate when you do that) – when you come to class late, you distract the whole group and the instructor. It’s not just a “quick slip” in to the back of the room. The “technical” preparation for the class usually requires preparing a bar with weights, dumbbells, a stepper, etc. This usually takes a good few minutes, and oftentimes you need the instructor’s help. I can’t imagine that an instructor would stop the class to help latecomers. So please – leave a few minutes earlier to make sure you arrive on time!

5. Mutual respect

Remember your first “100” chest press? Or your first kilometer on the treadmill without losing your breath? Progress is different for everyone – each person starts out on a different level, with different experiences, skills, or predispositions. The most important thing is to respect one another. Don’t make fun of others – motivate them! Help someone if they need it. Give them some good advice. These are all great habits that create an enjoyable workout environment.

These 5 points are the basics of proper gym etiquette. They require only a little effort, but make working out at the gym much more enjoyable for everyone. Promise me that you’ll remember about them!