Something you may not know about me is I don’t love going to the gym. I prefer hitting the pavement alone vs being trapped indoors at the gym with a bunch of strangers. It reminders me of gym class in grade school and that awkward adolescence feeling of being sweaty & unsure of your body around strangers. Do they even have those classes anymore? My injuries this year forced me in the gym a lot more and I must say there is some fascinating stuff going on there. People watching is seriously an underrated activity.
It dawned on me the other day that many people probably don’t know what to do or what not to do at the gym. So today I bring you a few do’s and don’ts at the gym to help those of you who may be new to the gym. These are true things I’ve observed at my gym last month. Some have made me laugh hysterically and others have made me shudder with horror. Disclaimer -> these are meant to be helpful and funny. So you’ve been forewarned and getting offended is not allowed.
WHAT TO DO…
Wipe Down Machines – Especially cardio equipment. Sweat and heat breed bacteria and spreading germs is just gross.
Respect Equipment Time Limits – Respect each other’s time constraints when it’s busy & people are waiting. Do your 20-30 minutes of cardio then move on. Get in, get out.
Share Weights – No hoarding allowed. You can’t lift 3 dumbbells at the same time unless you have 3 hands so there really is no benefit in taking them at the same time.
Re-Rack Weights – Nothing is more annoying then searching all day for 1 missing dumbbell.
Bring a Towel – People don’t generally like to share their towels and shaking your body like a dog to get it off you is just gross. If you’re desperate, use paper towels. Most gyms have them all over for your use.
Bring Water – No one wants to hear you coughing, gauging or whatever that noise is called when someone’s throat is dry and they hack. Annoying your neighbor by clearing your throat every two seconds is a good way not to make friends. Plus it’s important to stay well hydrated while working out.
Shut The Shower Curtain – I’m sorry no one wants to see that.
Wear A Bra – Listen up ladies. The girls need to be protected during any kind of exercise. Just because you’re sitting on a bike doesn’t mean they’re not gonna jiggle wiggle. I don’t care if it’s a real bra, a sports bra, a piece of spandex or duck tape. Put something on!
WHAT NOT TO DO…
Wear Garden Gloves To Lift Weights – They aren’t meant for gripping weights or preventing calluses. They could slide off & someone could get hurt. Invest in $20 pair from your local sporting goods store. Besides someone may be allergic to your flowers.
Talk On The Phone – If you need to take a call, take it outside. No one needs to hear your conversation.
Sing & Workout – No one is dying to hear your voice while you’re running on the treadmill next to them. Save your beautiful vocal cords for showering at home or the recording studio. It’s running, not karaoke.
Blow-Dry Your Toes Naked – Understandable that you’re concerned about fungus, but might I suggest putting on a few articles of clothing before proceeding to blow dry your toes? That would make it less weird for everyone. Thanks!
Leave Your Belongings Scattered All Over The Locker Room – Share the space with your neighbors and be sure to lock up your wallet, keys, phone & other important stuff too. Mmk?
Sit On Equipment For A Very Long Time – If you’re in between sets that’s fine but if you’re kicking back catching up on email or even day dreaming, then move aside. Gym equipment is meant for working out not lounging. Be courteous to those who would like to use the equipment.
Clip Your Toe Nails – Just save this one for home. Nuf said.
Wear Street Clothes – Many stores now offer this new thing called fitness apparel. It’s quite comfortable, affordable & even sweat proof. Target has really good stuff.
Are you a gym rat? What are your gym do’s and don’ts?
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