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My Top 5 Gym Etiquette Rules

Posted Aug 22 2012 1:58pm

Or you could say my top 5 gym pet peeves, wink wink.

Whether you are a newbie or an “old pro”, from time to time, everyone needs to be reminded of a few rules in the gym. My gym doesn’t post such a list. I think that many gym owners believe that people “just know” how to behave in a crowded area with lots of heavy stuff around.

So here are my top 5 common courtesy gym rules to live by.


  1. Please do not wear perfume or cologne in the gym. Many people are sensitive to heavy smells, and let’s face it, we are doing some heavy breathing in there! Please do, however, wear deodorant.
  2. Please wipe off the equipment when you are done using it. No one wants to sit in your sweat puddle. Better yet, cut down on germs, and clean the equipment both before and after you use.
  3. Please, Please, PLEASE put the equipment back where it belongs (not necessarily where you found it). All gyms have specific spaces where equipment (weights, balls, bands, etc.) is kept. You mother does not work here and I’m not gonna clean up after you. And other people should not have to hunt down the equipment in order to work out.
  4. Learn to share. If you are doing 15 sets on one piece of equipment, learn how to let someone “work in” a set. Meaning while you are resting between sets, you allow someone else to use the apparatus during your rest. And be nice about it – no whining! And please don’t sit on the equipment socializing. If you want to carry on a conversation, move to the lobby or locker room. (Is that 2 rules?)
  5. Please don’t disrupt a class. Sometimes we run late – it happens. But if you arrive late, quietly slip into the nearest spot that you can without disturbing the rest of the class.


Bonus tip: If I am doing intervals on a treadmill, please do not get on the treadmill beside me and try to start a conversation. Unless….you…..can…..handle……..word…..every……15…….seconds.


What are your favorite peeves….ur…I mean, gym etiquette tips?

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