ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Gym Etiquette For Dummies

Updated on June 4, 2011

As a regular user of gyms for several years now i feel it is important for new gym virgins to know the do's and dont's and the rules and etiquette for gym use,some of them are obvious but others may not be to the casual gym goer and can cause upset and hostility between yourself and other gym users.When your spending a good deal of time there maybe three or four times a week this is something you don't want as it just makes for an uncomfortable workout session if someone you may have upset is in the same building or even worse on the running machine next to you.Unfortunatly for most new gym users a lot of these rules and the gym etiquette is unspoken and although maybe common sense it is sometimes easier to know them all so as not to get under someones skin.

Tip One: Personal hygeine

Now although this seems obvious there has been times when some of us have turned up to the gym in the same pair of socks as we were wearing the previous day and if there are any smells about your person this is going to cause offense,now I'm sure most of us are clean hygienic people but sometimes it cant be helped sweating while working out which is why it is a good idea to bring a towel to wipe yourself down when your perspiring and making a bit of a mess.

Tip Two: Dont Stare

Again bit of an obvious one this but one that seems to slip most peoples minds,the tendency to stare at good looking fit women or admire another guys physique wishing you could look as good as that is quite common but is one of the things that puts people of going to the gym in the first place as who wants to get all sweaty and out of breath whilst someone else is staring at you.It doesn't feel comfortable when someone is doing it to you so don't do it.

Tip Three: Wipe Down

Now referring to tip one of course you may not smell but you are certainly going to sweat,well at least if your working out right,so always bring a small towel with you and make sure that after using any of the machines or weights,if you have left sweaty marks and deposits all over them then simply wipe them down,lots of gyms have a spray bottle so just give the machine a quick spray and wipe it down with your towel,you wouldn't want to get on a sweaty machine would you.

Tip Four: Share

That's right share,gyms can get very very busy and if they do you cant always do your routine the way you would like and you cant have long rest periods in between sets as there is usually people waiting to get on and use whatever piece of equipment you may be using.So let the other person jump in between sets and then you can both achieve your goals without annoying people,if there is a wait for a running machine or a cycle then simply go on to another exercise in your routine and come back to it at a later point.

Tip Five: Noise down

Now i know this wont apply to all gyms as some of them are very noisy with lots of blaring music etc but they are not all like that,some of them are relatively quite and if you have your ipod in listening to some tunes you need to keep the level down so it your earphones cant be heard by someone next to you and definitely no singing,i have heard that before at gyms someone humming or indeed singing while working out and it drives me up the wall.

Tip Six: No Mobiles

If you have to bring a mobile phone into the gym with you then either silence it and put it in your locker or failing that silence it and keep it with you but should it ring then leave the current piece of equipment you are working on and take yourself off to a quite corner of the gym and take your call there,remembering of course to keep your voice down,no one else is interested in your conversation.

Tip Seven: Be Polite

Again a bit of an obvious one here but lots of people use the gym as an outlet for their anger issues or whatever but just remember if someone else needs to squeeze past you or asks you if your going to be long on that piece of equipment that they do not want you being impolite and just grunting at them or raising their voice,be courteous to everyone as you may need to talk to them again at a later date when you need to use the equipment they are using,Please don't be rude no matter how bad a day you may have had.

Sum Up

And that's it really guys and gals,if you have never used a gym before as long as you stick to the above you will be fine,remember to have an induction to get you used to using the equipment and go out there and have some fun and workout.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      gesoweso 

      7 years ago

      ive been wanting to go to the gym for quite some time now and if it werent for this hub i would have probably been one of those people you described, thanks warchild once again for an amazing hub!!!!!

    • dusy7969 profile image

      dusy7969 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      You may not consider everything you just read to be crucial information about Gym Etiquette For Dummies. But don't be surprised if you find yourself recalling and using this very information in the next few days.

    • warchild75 profile imageAUTHOR

      lee 

      7 years ago from Lancing, West Sussex, England

      I go about 3 times a week or go running on the street,its hard to get motivated on a cold january evening though!!

    • SJKSJK profile image

      SJKSJK 

      7 years ago from delray beach, florida

      I go to the gym every day. I would like to post your hub on the wall, Thanks.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)