So, you’ve finally decided to fit in some gym time, and I’m assuming you’ll be working out in a commercial gym. Everyone at the gym will be watching you from afar, judging you while you work your tail off to stay fit.
As a result, I’ve compiled a handy list of some of the etiquette issues you might encounter while lifting those heavy metal plates. While these tips will not necessarily make you a better bodybuilder, they will undoubtedly earn you some respect in the gym. The following are ten things you should never do at the gym.
Making loud snorting noises and grunting. We understand. You’re a tough bodybuilder. But no one notices. Everyone is busy trying to work out some muscles as well. Stop creating unneeded distractions.
Wearing the same sweaty clothes to the gym every day. You should know that this is also a sanctuary. People have come here to be transformed. When you’re finished, wash your clothes. Nobody wants to exercise next to a stinking ape.
At the gym, I was texting. I’ve seen guys at the gym who are always on their phones. They’ll stack plates, sit on them, and then get busy on the phone, texting, taking selfies, and other such nonsense. Hello, bro! This is a fitness center. This is not a Hollywood scene. You’re making some people uncomfortable by preventing them from using the pieces you’re sitting on.
Offering unsolicited advice to others. Let’s be clear about something. You’re a gym goer like everyone else; you’re not a personal trainer. It’s completely inappropriate and a little rude to start throwing rectification suggestions out of the blue unless someone asks for your assistance.
Sweating on the gym equipment the equipment in the gym is intended to be shared. What would you think if the person who came before you on the weight-lifting bench left it all sweaty and gross? I had the same thought. So, once you’re finished, do some light cleaning here and there. Nobody wants to be drenched in your sweat.
Having difficulty using a machine that relies on guesswork. You are not a fool if you ask some basic questions about how to use a machine. What’s foolish is getting hurt because you were too egotistical to ask.
Staring at people while they exercise. It makes no difference how big their muscles are or how enthralled you are. Just don’t stare! It’s both off-putting and creepy to the subject.
Never adjust your nuts in front of others. Never! I don’t have anything else to say about it.
Getting too comfortable and singing loudly while wearing headphones. Nobody wants to hear you sing, most likely. Keep your cool. Keep your cool.
Checking your abs in the mirror after every damn set, or lifting your shirt, pretending to wipe sweat from your face but desperately hoping that no one notices your abs. Everyone in there most likely has a pack on their chest that they can show off. The gym would resemble a gay bar if we all decided to lift our shirts.