January was quite a busy month so I am sorry for the delay in fitness blogs!! I hope you weren't too sad! Have no fear, I am back and ready to get you motivated for the spring!! Yes, SPRING. Is it here yet?
During my personal workout today, I couldn't help but notice some things that were happening in the gym and that seem to be getting worse and worse. I know there aren't really "written rules" on gym etiquette, it's one of those things that people assume you just "know," which is false. Proper gym etiquette may not be well known by ever gym-goer so I figured I would type up some standard rules that will help us ALL in the gym!!
1) Ask before taking. If you see a bench that has a towel by it or a rack that has some weights on it and no one is there, DON'T assume no one is on it. Maybe that person went to grab a drink or is walking around to get their heart rate down. Make sure you ask people near that area if someone is on it. This can help save some dirty looks and making others angry.
2) Don't sit and text. This one is what really inspired me today. Please, please, please do NOT sit on a machine in between sets and text on your phone. You might forget how long you were sitting there for and could waste 10 minutes just looking at your phone. Don't waste your time or others who are waiting for you to get up. Get OFF the machine in between sets.
3) Don't talk on the phone in general. This seems to be a common trend lately. I am not sure why people think it is OK to chat with their girlfriends/moms/dads/bosses while doing cardio. First off, you aren't really doing cardio because you are going slower so you can talk and process things and second, no one wants to hear about your date last night.
4) Can't put it down then don't pick it up. I am not knocking heavy lifting, as I love it. However, there is no reason to drop 80lb dumbbells when you finish a set. Its dangerous for you and others. I always say, if you can't put it down then don't pick it up.
5) Put your weights back. Just like your mom used to tell you when you were little, put your toys away. Slightly different, but you get the point. If you use something then put it away. Please and thank you.
6) Don't stand in front of mirror. I understand people want to watch their form in the mirror. That is totally fine. However, please don't stand in front of others who are behind you doing the same thing. And do not stand right in front of the dumbbells either.
These are just a few things that come to mind that seem to be popping up more and more. If we can all have some gym etiquette then our experiences might be a little better. If you think of anything I missed, please comment below!
Happy lifting and health eating!
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.