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Gym Etiquette: How to not be a newbie in the Gym

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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! 

 

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. 

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Thanks for the info
Fri February 12 2016
I wish some of the folk at my gym would read this! I might just print it out and paper the changing room walls with it :)
Sat February 6 2016
Never really was the type to work out but have lost about 50 pounds and been going to the gym for about a year! Love it and loved the article - several people at my gym need to readit. The gym I go to also has the spray and towels to wipe equipment done- makes it nice not having to worry about taking my own.
Sat February 6 2016
Thanks for the info
Sat February 6 2016
Great tips!
Sat February 6 2016
Great tips!
Sat February 6 2016
Thanks for the tips!
Sat February 6 2016
Thanks for these tips! I just joined a gym and almost killed myself on the treadmill because I hit the wrong button!!!
Sat February 6 2016
I wish our gym had the spray!
Thu February 4 2016
I love wipes to keep the gym equipment and me clean!
Thu February 4 2016
Thanks for your tips and I wipe before and after I use the equipment just in case.
Thu February 4 2016
Also, if you come with your friend please don't discuss your most personal business out loud like no one is around. Everyone can hear you!! Then do not look offended when they look at you strange. haha
Thu February 4 2016
Always wipe after yourself. It is just the right thing to do.
Thu February 4 2016
This should be posted at all gyms.
Thu February 4 2016
This should be posted at all gyms.
Thu February 4 2016
Great hints or reminders. specially like the one of wiping equipment. hope to win. it would really help my losing weight. As I need all the help I can get.
Thu February 4 2016
Great tips & I always wipe after myself. I hope others do as well.
Sun January 31 2016
It really should be common sense but unfortunately it isn't?
Sat January 30 2016
lol..wish everyone had good gym etiquette!!
Fri January 29 2016
Nothing like a good workout at the gym
Wed January 27 2016
This is great for someone new. Just starting. Would love to win. On disability and the fitbit is the one thing I want but just can't afford. Hoping for a win but congratulations to whomever wins!!
Wed January 27 2016