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4 Rules of Gym Etiquette

If you frequent the gym, you probably know some of the fellow members only by their (bad) behavior. The person who slams the weights. Who wears heavy perfume. Who chats on a cell phone while cycling. These people are probably unfamiliar with gym etiquette:

  1. Keep it clean.
    After each use, wipe down cardio and weight machines with the cleaners that your gym provides. Also, don’t leave free weights on the floor or leave weight plates on machines. Put everything back for the next person.
  2. Keep it down.
    Even if cell phones aren’t officially banned at your gym, stay off the phone. If you chat with a gym buddy, avoid standing or sitting on equipment that others may be waiting for. Also, avoid slamming down weights—it’s not good form or pleasant to others.
  3. Keep it fragrance free.
    Some people are allergic to perfumes and colognes, and others find the smells distracting when they’re already breathing hard.
  4. Keep it friendly.
    If you are doing a certain number of sets on a machine, let others use it while you’re resting. And if you want to use equipment that someone is clearly planning to use again, just ask first.