If you’ve spent time in a gym, you’ve no doubt come across many gym etiquette fails…. or you might have committed some yourself!
Below are the top etiquette fails I regularly witness:
1. Hogging equipment
Every gym has that one person who will jump on a treadmill or take the squat rack during peak times and chill there for an hour.
Same goes for the water fountain – don’t stand there filling up your 2 litre bottle while a queue is forming behind you.
FIX: Be mindful of how much time you spend on each piece of equipment and don’t linger.
2. Talking on the phone
Nothing is more annoying than when a phone starts bleating Flo Rider and the owner of said phone proceeds to have a loud conversation in the middle of the weights room (all the while commandeering a piece of equipment).
FIX: I recommend leaving your phone at home when at the gym or, if you really can’t go sans phone, use it respectfully.
3. Not cleaning equipment
Sharing perspiration is one of the quickest ways to spread infections, and no one wants to bench press while lying in someone else’s bodily juices.
FIX: Always use a towel and wipe down equipment after use.
4. Being a creep
Gym time is personal time, and nothing makes a person more uncomfortable than being interrupted while they’re mid-set.
FIX: Keep your pick-up lines for the nightclub, not the gym.
5. Not putting weights away
If you’ve just finished a set of 120kg squats, good for you. However, the person who comes after you doesn’t need to know about it.
FIX: If you’re strong enough to lift the weights, you’re strong enough to put them away again. Simple.
6. Excessive nudity
A study conducted by Nutfield Health in the UK has confirmed that one of the key grievances of gym goers is excessive nudity in the change rooms.
FIX: Gyms are not strip clubs so avoid pointlessly parading around the change room in the nude. Keep it classy people.
Have you seen any other gym fails?