Let’s start by stating the obvious.
Gyms are fundamentally pretty weird.
While you can’t control the actions of others and gyms will always attract their share of… ahem… eccentric behavior, there are things you can do to be a good gym citizen. Below is a handy dandy list of things to consider.
Let Others Work In And Share Your Equipment
The appropriate answer here is almost always yes. Particularly if you’re just using the bench to sit while you check your phone in between sets, arguably another no-no in and of itself.
If you have a program that requires you to monopolize some weights or a piece of equipment for an extended time without allowing anyone else the chance to use them, it’s probably time to build a home gym.
Be Mindful of Hygiene
However, be sure to use appropriate amounts of deodorant, wear clean clothes, and avoid going heavy on smelly perfumes, colognes, or lotions.
And if you’re a heavy sweater, be sure to wipe off your bench and any other equipment that’s covered in your sweatjuice!
(… I’m sorry I used the term “sweatjuice” 🙁 )
Put Your Weights Away
Happily, you’ve earned another privilege. You get to burn more calories by re-racking all your weights in an orderly manner.
This is all the more important if you are very strong, as smaller humans may find their workout dampened when their warm-up becomes putting away 600 pounds of weights before they can even begin.
Wear Appropriate Attire
However, if you don’t work out in one of our Enchanted Ninja Clubhouses of Glory and Dreams, you’ll likely want to wear clothes you can move in and that are not deeply distracting to your fellow gym-goers.
So, it’s likely best to leave your man-thong at home and keep your nipples covered.
Minimize Ostentatious Grunting
But if you’re finding you make deafening cries for help on every single rep of every set, you have crossed the bounds of good taste.
Let Your Fellow Gym-Goers Lift In Peace And Resist the Temptation to Help or “Mansplain”
And while this comes from a good place, remember, you never quite know someone’s fitness journey. This is all the more important if you’re a burly fellow hoping to instruct a female gym-goer on the “right way” to do an exercise in a misguided attempt at chivalry.
If people would like your help, let them ask you first, but otherwise let them train in peace.
Be Considerate, Be Self-Aware, Be Kind!
Be considerate of the needs of others and be willing to share. Be self-aware of how you’re taking up space, your hygiene, and any other potentially distracting behaviors.
And most of all, be friendly. While not everyone is going to the gym to make friends, there’s no reason to scowl at people in between sets. A warm smile goes a long way to making your gym a friendlier and more welcoming place.
And if you’re someone that does value making friends while working on your fitness goals?
Then you may find you prefer working out in a Clubhouse.