If everyone is respectful and considerate of others at the gym.Spend enough time at the gym and you’re bound to develop some pet peeves. It’s a communal space, shared by people with idiosyncrasies that can drive others up a wall — humming while running, staring while lifting or loud-talking while doing anything.Luckily though, gym etiquette is based on the principles of common courtesy. So, if you have a good grasp on what it means to be courteous to others you will be able to understand and abide by the unwritten rules of gym etiquette.
- Personal Space. It’s best to stay one-arms distance from those around you. Don’t workout in walkways where people have to move about. When you’re passing someone, give them one-arms distance space. But there is nothing worse than someone passing by me with 6 inches to spare and me feeling like I need to defend myself because I’m just not used to people being that close to me. If you come from behind me to use a machine by me and you have 6 feet of clearance, yet come 6 inches of me, my nostrils may start to flare.
- Body consciousness. This applies mostly on the cable complexes. Where people do standing tricep extensions and lat pull downs. I will never forget one day I was on the lat pulldown cable apparatus and this big muscly seemingly overly confident military dude with tattoos up and down was on tricep pulldowns. He turned his ass toward my face and rotated just so he could see himself… Doing Tricep Pulldowns… In the Mirror. No, No and just No! You don’t need to check your form on tricep pulldown. Keep your elbows in and keep it moving. I let the first set slide thinking, ok, maybe he just wanted to see one time. I sit down to do my next set and here’s Mr. Ass Face again.I had to stop my set and ask him – “I’m so confused why you have to stick your ass in my face to do that exercise.” He responded with “It has nothing to do with you.” I responded with, “Yeah, it has everything to do with your respect for other people’s personal space.” I put my ear phones on and waited for him to be done to commence my workout. Just be polite. Don’t point your ass in someone’s face when you’re less than two feet away from them. Rude!
Ask Before you Touch. Ask before you move personal items. If you see gym gear next to the bench, machine, or anything you want to use, look around and see if anyone is using it first and foremost and on the other hand Share the Equipment. It’s fine if you need to do three sets on one piece of equipment, but if you’re resting for a long time between sets, allow someone else waiting for the equipment to work in while you recover. Rotating from one machine to the next as part of a circuit can be a great way to break up the monotony of your workout. But be mindful that other people want to use your favorite piece of equipment also.
G.I.Lane & Fit Achilles
Original: 9/4/16 | Updated: 5/11/18