Did you just sign up to the gym membership to kick-start your New Year healthy lifestyle? You probably don’t know about Gym Etiquette being a gym newbie then!
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Joining the gym in January can be a daunting task. You probably want to get fitter after the festive period with lots of chocolate and turkey. Starting out you can often feel self-conscious; worried that the gym regulars will know you are one of the newbies.
You hear awkward stories about new gym members making a fool of themselves using the equipment the wrong way, or showing up looking uncomfortable. But as long as you don’t try and lift weights with your head, or show up with a face full of makeup, hair perfect and in jeans and a t-shirt, you aren’t going to embarrass yourself. If you’re unsure on how to use a certain type of equipment then just ask! Instructors, and other members will often be happy to help you out – and that is why they are there!
Once you’ve joined the gym, and you’ve started to go regularly there are a few gym etiquette rules to follow, because the last thing you want to do is upset the existing gym members.
Carry a towel or equipment wipes around with you. If you're working out you are going to be sweaty and that means that the equipment is going to get covered in it. Make sure you wipe down all equipment when you’re done using it, because no one wants to work out of dirty equipment.
Leave your bag in the locker room. Most gyms have lockers that you can safely leave your stuff in. You don't need to take your bag to treadmill with you! You’ll risk tripping someone up, or even tripping yourself up.
Respect other people’s personal time. If your phone rings whilst your in the gym and you have to take it then leave your equipment and go take it elsewhere away from other people working out to take your call, there isn't anything worse than when you are trying to concentrate and someone is talking loudly on their phone.
Don’t grunt loudly when lifting weights! You don't need to. If you get annoyed when other people do it, then you shouldn’t do it. If you’re listening to music with your headphones it’s also not recommendable to hum or sing.
If you're not using the equipment, don't hog it. If you are between sets, or you're just taking a 5-minute break you don't need to stay on the equipment. This allows other people to use the equipment they've been waiting for.
Don't gawk at other people. If you feel uncomfortable just starting out, other people will too. It puts people off what they are doing, and can make them feel self conscious.
Dress appropriately and comfortably. Jeans aren’t going to work in the gym, neither is a pair of hot pants. You’ll feel too restricted in jeans, and in really short shorts you’ll feel like you constantly have to make sure you’re not flashing anyone!
We hope these tips will help you relax when you first going to the gym. Last but not least, don’t forget to take wipes with you if you don’t have time to shower after working out – they are great for freshening up.
Let us know if you have any gym etiquette tips in the comments below.