1. Put your weights away after use. There is nothing worse than some moron leaving a huge amount of weight on a bar and having some tiny little lady come by and want to use the equipment. It is dangerous and not good for the life of the equipment. Put your weights back were they belong. Iíve hurt my foot when someone left a 10lb weight in with the 45lb plates. When I pulled the 45 off the 10 came down on my foot.
2. Share your equipment. Most of the time when you are working out you will be in-between sets; this is the perfect time for someone else to use the equipment. Let people work in with you!
3. No cell phones on the gym floor. We really donít care to hear about your social life plans.
4. My favorite, clean up after yourself. There is nothing worse than going to use a piece of equipment and finding it covered in sweat. We are human beings not pigs. Hygiene.
5. We are all exercising in close proximity to each other and people sweat, but donít walk into the gym already carrying an offensive odour with you. Wear clean clothing, not the stuff that youíve been wearing everyday for the past week and a half.
6. In addition to
number 5, donít walk in covered with perfume or cologne. This is a gym
Use the drinking fountain as a drinking fountain not a place to spit or
a place to leave your gum. Also when the fountain is lined up, donít fill
your two-litre water bottle.
8. Donít drop or bang
the weights around. Itís not good for the equipment and itís not good for
9. Donít socialize during your workout. Itís a gym, chat later. That five-minute conversation youíre having with buddy between sets extends your time on that piece of equipment a great deal. Others may be waiting to use it.
10. During the busy times, donít do supersets that require you to use two or three pieces of equipment. Donít monopolize the equipment.
11. Donít offer unsolicited advice. If you see somebody who is doing something wrong be very careful how you approach him and always be pleasant when giving advise.
12. Be attentive. Watch to see who is using what piece of equipment. There is nothing worse than going for a drink of water and having some guy clean your weights off because he didnít know someone was using the equipment.
13. Donít swear or talk too loudly. Manners please.
14. Itís to be expected that people will make some noise pushing out the last couple of reps in an exercise, but donít over do it. Iíve seen people grunt, groan and scream during their warm ups. Guys we are not impressed.
15. Offer to spot
people. If you see someone doing a heavy lift and he or she doesnít have
a spotter be prepared to assist if they fatigue enough to put themselves
in danger. If you are going to spot people learn to do it correctly. Too
often people spot too much or not enough. You should help just enough to
keep the bar moving, thatís it.
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17. Donít walk in front of people using the mirror. Thatís just plain rude. Also if you are using the mirror donít stand 12' away from it during prime time and expect people to keep clear.
18. Donít stare or hit on attractive people. They are there to work out just like you. Talk to them in the parking lot. On the other hand, if you wear only the tiniest bit of clothing to workout in, and that happens to be skin tight, expect people to look at you.
It all comes down to manners folks. Treat others better then how you would like to be treated.