The following are my top 10 pet peeves that I see people doing at the gym. I have long since put them behind me now that I’ve built my own home gym, but for the rest of you, have a little gym etiquette and make sure you aren’t doing these things. Keep in mind that there are exceptions to all these rules, and that’s why it’s important for you to find a gym that matches your personality.
Talking and Socializing
This covers everything from talking on your cell phone, texting, chatting it up with other gym-goers (if it’s affecting people waiting for you to finish using the equipment), or hitting on people. People don’t want to be hit on when they’re trying to catch their breath after a set of squats. Unless you plan on using your phone for your music, leave it in the locker room. Get in the gym, and then get out – stop wasting space and time chatting it up.
Leaving Your Weights on the Bar
If you’re going to use the gym, you need to learn to clean up after yourself. Part of that cleanup involves racking your weights and putting them up. Don’t leave 45 pound plates on the bar so that the next person has to rack the weights for you. We aren’t your maid. Take a couple of minutes and put them up yourself, and consider it part of your workout.
Stare at Other People
So there’s a good looking guy or girl working out and you’re between sets. Try not to burn a hole in their ass with your eyes. Have a little respect for other people and let them work out in peace without having to worry about an audience. Sure, it’s a public gym, but how would you like everyone watching you work out?
Hog the Equipment
While it’s perfectly fine if the gym is empty, but especially during busy hours, don’t expect to do your supersets or trisets on multiple pieces of equipment. You don’t own the gym, so why not stick to one piece of equipment at a time. Nothing drives people more nuts than seeing an empty piece of workout equipment that you need to use, but somebody else is calling exclusive dibs because they need it for their circuit training.
Asking to Work In
Ever been in between sets trying to get psyched up for your next one, and someone comes up to you asking if they can work in? Nothing bothers me more than when people interrupt my work out flow. If someone is on a piece of equipment you need, and they haven’t been on it for more than 5 minutes – wait until they are done, or do something else in the meantime. Unless you’re my workout partner, don’t talk to me until I’m done.
Lift Up Your Shirt to Check Out Your Abs
We get it – you have abs! Do you really need to lift up your shirt every five minutes in between sets to look at them in the mirror? Do they get better looking each time you check them out or something? Please, leave your clothes on. If you want to pose, do it in the locker room.
Lift More Weight Than You Should
If you can’t squat 225 pounds, then why are you even trying? A quarter squat is not a squat. Don’t worry about how much weight is on the bar. Put enough on there so that you can at least do a single rep with proper form. If you can’t, then you’re working out your ego more than your muscles. Forget about what other people think, and work out within your zone.
Sound Like You Want to Murder Someone
I get it – you’re lifting a lot of weight, and you want everyone to notice. You think letting out a loud roar will get you that attention. It sure will, but aren’t you a little over the top? I’m not for silence in the weight room. We all make some noise while we’re under max loads, but please don’t go out of your way to make sure the entire gym hears you roar.
Be a Beach Bodybuilder
Are you one of those people who thinks the human body only has 2 muscles – chest and arms? I call you guys beach bodybuilders, because you only work out the muscles you see at the beach. If your gym routine starts off everyday with bench press, and then moves on to curls, you have some work to do. Get under the bar and start squatting. A big upper body with toothpick legs just looks funny.
Leave Your Mark on the Equipment
Nobody wants to walk up to a piece of workout equipment that looks like it got isolated rain showers. If you sweat a lot at the gym, that’s great, but at least bring a towel with you so that you can wipe up after yourself. The next person doesn’t want to lay in a pool of your sweat, nor do they want to use their own towel to clean up your perspiration.
Those are my pet peeves at the gym. Do you have any of your own to share?