5 Rules You Need to Keep in Mind When Going to the Gym

Creating the best gym experience both for yourself and for others means there are certain rules that you need to keep in mind during your fitness routine.

Aside from checking your gym’s official rules to know what’s okay and what’s not, many unspoken words are essentially basic gym etiquette. These are the things you need to know when you’re starting out:

1. Clean as you go
Every good workout will result in a lot of sweating, but when you’re done, you need to wipe it off the equipment. No one wants to see a barbell dripping with someone else’s sweat, and wet machine seats can be an uncomfortable experience.

The good news is that your gym is likely to hand out free towels for their members, so if you forgot to bring one on the way in, all you need to do is walk away from the equipment and grab a towel to dry yourself off.

2. Don’t drop the weights
Even though your gym allows you to drop the weights, try not to do it. Not only is it loud, but it’s also dangerous and can seriously damage the floor. It’s even worse if the weights somehow end up breaking the windows – good luck having to pay for those!

You should also put every set of weights back on their racks when you’re done using them. If someone isn’t using a weight lying around, make things easier for other people by putting it back.

3. Don’t make phone calls
Your time at the gym is not social hour. Everyone is busy doing their workout routines, and when you’re focusing on doing something, the last thing you want is to have your concentration broken by an annoying phone call.

If you’re expecting someone to call you, it’s usually best to take the phone call outside. Better yet, try to schedule your workouts to a time period when you know you won’t be taking any calls.

4. Ask nicely for a spotter
It’s perfectly okay to ask someone physically fit to watch over you when you’re trying to lift heavy weights, and they will be usually glad to help you out. Even if they say no and are busy with something else, say thanks and keep looking.

5. Don’t hog the equipment
It’s okay to do squats in the squat rack to your heart’s content when there’s no one else in the gym. But if you’re using multiple pieces of equipment with other people, you should probably pay attention to those around you.

You should also get used to people asking if they can work in with you between sets if you’ve been there a while.