Unwritten gym etiquettes

Posted: December 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Some gyms will put up a notice of what do’s and don’ts but many do not. Gym etiquette is supposed to be common sense, but we all know that common sense sometimes is not so common. If you workout regularly at the gym, you would have come across inconsiderate and annoying people. Don’t these people have common sense? Of course they do, but it either did not occur to them that they are annoying you or they are simply inconsiderate and rude.

So before you unintentionally annoy other gym users and get yelled at, here are some gym etiquettes you must know even though some might be unwritten. Observe these ethics and make your gym workout be an enjoyable experience not only to you but to others too.


Good Housekeeping – Put back the weights where they are supposed to be after using them. By not stashing them into where they belong, you not only inconvenienced others having to look for the weights, you are also creating possible accident situations where people may trip over the barbells and other weights lying cluttered all over.

Do Not Grunt Loudly – Some people grunt loudly because they are oblivious to the fact that others may want to concentrate on their lifts and do not want to be distracted by loud grunts. Others grunt to show off usually when lifting heavy weights. Either way, it is bad ethic.

The Smart Aleck – Do not tell other people what to do even if their lifting form is wrong unless you are asked for your opinion. Dishing out unsolicited advice will simply bruise their ego. They will just think that you are trying to show off. There is an exception though. This is when poor lifting form may lead to injuries. Even then, do so only when their set is over and not to interrupt them when they are lifting weights.

Hygiene – Keep yourself neat and clean at all times. Do not wear the same T shirt or socks you wore at your last workout. Being in an enclosed area, you may really stink.

Chatting And Idling About – You may go to the gym for social reasons. So you go about making friends and chatting people up. What you do not know is that many people are unlike you. They go to the gym with just one thing in mind. Have a great workout and go home. So you are taking up their time. Furthermore, your chatter will also distract and annoy other people.

Do Not Hog – Do be aware that the gym equipments are for all to share. When resting before your next set, do not rest on the machines or sitting on the benches. Others will want to use them while you are resting between sets.

Bring a clean towel and make sure you use it – There are people who bring towels to the gym, there’s no point if they’re going to leave it on the table or pigeon hole. If you are sweating profusely, wipe your sweat. It is unhygienic to have your sweat dripping everywhere. It is even worse when you use the weight stations and leaving your puddles on benches and seats. Clean up your sweat residue on the equipments all the time.

Creating Excessive Noise – Have you ever been irritated by loud clanging of weights when people workout? Treat the weights and machines with tender loving care. Why damage the equipments and irritating other people at the same time. If you cannot control the weights, then the weights are probably too heavy for you anyway.


Be sensitive to others and when you are annoyed by certain unethical behaviors, make a mental note not to do the same thing. If only gym etiquettes are to be observed by all gym users, our workouts will be so much more pleasantly enjoyable. So, bear in mind your gym ethics the next time you head for the gym.


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