5 Unwritten Rules Of Gym Etiquette
Nope, this is not the time to practise your pick-up lines.
Every gym has certain set-in-stone rules - put your weights away, wipe down machines after you use them, don't clog the water fountain with your protein shake - basics, right? But there are some unwritten rules that are just as important to follow. The gym can be a minefield of potential etiquette faux pas and you really don't want to be that person who everyone's bitching about in the showers. Luckily we've pulled together a comprehensive list of the unwritten rules you should follow to avoid being blacklisted. How many of these top five clangers have you committed?
Before you get started, let's warm up!
1. Keep the grunting to a minimum
Your workout might be tough - but you're not exactly Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final. Excessive shrieking, moaning and grunting is annoying, off-putting and comes across as attention-seeking. We get it. You're working really hard. Now we're talking truly deafening noises here - huffing and puffing your way through a tough set of reps is completely acceptable, but if people around you are glaring, you might want to turn it down a notch.
2. Stop comparing
We’re all guilty of it – peering over to the treadmill next to us to see how fast our neighbour is running. Stop it. Having someone peering over your shoulder can put unnecessary pressure on your workout. Consistently failing to do as many push-ups as your gym buddy can make you feel inadequate – and that is definitely not the point of working out. We’re not here to compete, we’re here to be our best selves, so lay off the comparisons and you do you.
3. Live-blogging your workout
We have to record and publish every waking moment of our lives – or it didn’t happen. Right? Erm no, actually. Not only is recording everything you do in the gym inconsiderate to others who might not want to be on camera, it’s also wasting time where you could be doing something productive. Like burpees. We all love a good gym selfie to show off those #gains, but you might find it helps to disconnect for just a little bit while you get in the zone.
4. No body-shaming here
The gym should be a safe space for people of any shape or size to workout. And while loads of gym goers are super confident, lots of people will be hugely out of their comfort zone and feeling self-conscious. It’s really never cool to make anyone feel bad about how they look, but even more so in the gym. Whether a girl chooses to workout in just a sports bra, or a guy’s on the stepper in tiny hot pants – so what? If it’s not affecting your workout, keep your judgment to yourself and get back to work.
5. Chuck the chat-up lines
There’s absolutely nothing worse than being hit on at the gym. Not only is it awkward, it can also be kind of creepy. How do you do it – corner them at the water fountain? Lurk at the back of BodyPump? There’s not really a great way to go about it, and it could leave everyone feeling uncomfortable. Unless, of course, you both seem super interested in each other – then obviously go for it, it’s got to be better than Tinder.
Words by Natalie Morris