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8 Things You Shouldn’t Do at the Gym

Although these might seem like basic social standards, it’s worth remembering a few behaviors that are best to avoid when you’re at the gym. Try to think about how you’d like to find things after someone else has left them.
8 Things You Shouldn’t Do at the Gym

Last update: 14 January, 2019

If you go to the gym on a regular basis, you probably have your own set of habits. However, take care to know whether or not they’re the right ones.

To find out, pay attention to this list of things you should never do in such a place. As you know, basic social norms should always apply.

Although there will be days in which the influx of people is higher, it doesn’t mean that when the gym isn’t crowded, you don’t have to follow the same norms. Below, read about the 8 things you shouldn’t do at the gym.

1. Use the machines without cleaning them after

rowing machine at the gym

This is a central point. Don’t leave gym machines sweaty.

All you need to do is remember to take a towel with you to dry them after use. In addition, this will also help clean the seats and other features once you’re done.

The vast majority of these seats and coverings are leather, so sweat won’t just evaporate – you have to remove it yourself. Also, many gyms will have a cleaning spray out on the floor or available upon request to use to clean the machines after use.

2. Staying seated on a machine

Most of the time, there are people waiting to use the machine you’re on. So, to make sure to be mindful of other people waiting, don’t stay seated on a machine when you’re not using it. If you’re checking your phone or talking to a friend, either way, it takes time away from others’ workouts.

Try not to make this mistake so that way you don’t waste your time or that of others.

3. Be careful with your phone usage

Plenty of people go into the weight room with their phone to take calls and listen to music. Please use a little caution when doing this.

  • Don’t raise your voice because it could be disruptive to others. Remember that a lot of people go to the gym to relax.
  • On the other hand, if you’re the kind of person who likes to listen to music while you work out, don’t forget your headphones. Not everyone wants to hear the same music as you do.

4. Don’t hog the machines

Remember that the workout machines are for everyone’s usage and you shouldn’t take advantage of it for too long.

This may seem obvious, but it’s one of the most annoying problems you find in a gym. Don’t be the offending person.

If you see that there are people waiting for a machine, try switching to others for your exercise circuit.

5. Don’t leave weights around the gym

woman with hand weights

As with any other object in your home, you shouldn’t leave things in the middle of the room at the gym. This especially happens with things like barbells and weights.

Remember that weights have their own place for storage and when you leave them lying on the floor, in addition to blocking walkways, it can be dangerous because it can cause someone to trip or be injured.

Put them back where they belong.

6. Don’t be late for a class

Just like being late for a date or a meeting is a sign of bad manners, you shouldn’t arrive late for a scheduled gym class either.

Think about the fact that you’ll have to walk through the people who are already in the class, looking for equipment, finding a spot, etc.

In short, it’s distracting to everyone else who showed up for the class and it is disrespectful to the instructor as well. It’s best to avoid this.

7. Don’t leave a mess in the showers

person's feet  in a shower

You might have certain habits in your own shower at home, but remember the gym isn’t your home.

  • Avoid strolling naked through the bathroom for half an hour if it’s not common behavior.
  • If you need to shave while you’re at the gym, be sure to clean up after yourself.
  • As far as cleanliness, just remember that someone will use the facilities after you do and you should leave them just as clean as you found them.

8. Groans and grunts

Some people make a lot of noise when they lift weights or exercise, and it’s something that can be very disruptive to others. Obviously, some people naturally make sounds when they are doing heavy weight lifting. We are talking about making excess and unnecessary noises.

Remember that many people go to the gym to concentrate, to spend some time alone, and it can be very unpleasant to hear groaning, grunting, or even talking around them.

If you’re tired, don’t start complaining.

Think about what you can do instead without overexerting yourself, and if you feel really tired, stop and leave the gym. Regardless, try to be quiet for those around you.

Silence is always best.

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