- Wipe down the equipment when you are done using it.
- Do not hog the equipment your entire workout.
- Put the weights and equipment away when you are finished. I see this so much at the gyms where people leave heavy plates on the squat rack, as the saying goes “Whats one more rep?“.
- Choose good timing when to strike up a conversation. Some people go to the gym and don’t want to be bothered, or they may be short on time. Striking up a conversation is great, the gym is a social place, but watching for other peoples body language is key before you approach them.
- Try and stay off your phone. Sitting on a piece of equipment while having a long phone or text conversation is highly frowned upon. There may be others waiting to use the equipment. So, proper etiquette is to step away or outside to use the phone. Free up the equipment and come back when the conversation is over.
- Don’t be too loud. A little bit of noise is okay. If an individual is working hard, grunting, groans, and even self pep-talks are all very realistic. However, when it’s excessive, it becomes a distraction for other gym members.You don’t need to be silent, just try and watch the profanity, volume, and consistency of the noise you are making. Be respectful of others.
- Try not to go over board with the perfume/Cologne, some people are allergic or sensitive to strong smells, so getting a big whiff of perfume can cause someone to feel unpleasant in the gym. This also goes for body odor, Sweat is normal. And most of us stink when we sweat. However, it’s important to be conscious of personal hygiene so it doesn’t get excessive or affect other member’s workouts.
- Do not slam the weights on the ground.
- When grabbing dumbbells or any weights, avoid standing right in front of them, take a few steps back. This way other members can grab the weights instead of standing there waiting for you to be done.
It comes down to being respectful and mindful of others. The gym is a shared space. So, be courteous to others, be respectful of the equipment, and try to keep it a pleasant space for all those that want to use it.