A common question I am often asked is:
I’ve never been to a gym before and I just got a membership… What is appropriate gym etiquette?
Whether you’re an expert exerciser or you’re just starting out, there are some unspoken rules that all of us should know:
- Share. If you’re doing multiple sets on a machine, it’s common courtesy to let others in during your rest periods.
- Clean up after yourself. Leaving your sweat behind is not only gross, it’s disrespectful. We provide towels for you to use while you’re exercising and have disinfectant spray bottles placed visibly throughout the club. If you leave sweat streaks on a machine, wipe it down.
- Put your tools away. If you put 300 pounds of plate load on an incline chest press, stack up a step to do plyometrics, use a resistance band or a Bosu, put them away when you’re finished.
- Use common sense. If you’ve been on a cardio machine for 30 minutes and there are others waiting (most likely someone will inquire, “how much time do you have left”), it’s time to get off and move on. Cross training is more beneficial and chances are, the stairclimbers are open for use.