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Gym Etiquette 101: How Not to Be "That Person" This Summer

Learn the essential rules of gym etiquette this summer to ensure a pleasant workout experience for everyone.

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Summer is here, and with it comes a wave of new and returning gym-goers eager to shed those winter layers and get into shape.

But whether you're a seasoned fitness enthusiast or a newcomer, knowing the unspoken rules of gym etiquette can make your workout experience—and everyone else's—much more pleasant.

Let's go over some basic gym etiquette rules to ensure you’re not “that person” this summer.


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Dress for Success (and Safety)

First things first, let’s talk attire. Wearing appropriate workout gear isn’t just about looking good; it's about functionality and safety. Leave your flip-flops and jeans at home.

Opt for breathable fabrics and proper footwear to avoid injuries and maximize performance. Remember, the gym is not a fashion show, but no one wants to see you in your PJs either.

Wipe Down Equipment After Use

Nothing is worse than hopping onto a machine only to find it drenched in someone else’s sweat. Always carry a towel and wipe down equipment after use.

Most gyms provide disinfectant sprays and paper towels—use them. A little courtesy goes a long way in maintaining a hygienic environment for everyone.

"A survey found that 75% of gym-goers said they avoid certain equipment due to hygiene concerns." (Source: Men’s Health)

Keep the Noise Down

Grunting, loud music, and phone conversations can be incredibly distracting. If you need to take a call, step outside or find a quiet corner.

Use headphones for your music, and if you’re lifting heavy and need to grunt, try to keep it to a minimum. Everyone's there to focus on their workouts, not to listen to your Spotify playlist or life story.

Share Equipment and Space

Gyms can get crowded, especially during peak hours. Be mindful of others waiting to use equipment.

Don't hog machines—limit your sets and be ready to share. The same goes for gym space. Don’t take up more room than necessary and always re-rack your weights.

It’s common courtesy and helps maintain an organized environment.

"56% of gym members get annoyed when others don’t re-rack weights properly." (Source: FitRated)

Mind Your Hygiene

Personal hygiene is paramount in a shared space. Wear deodorant, but avoid heavy colognes or perfumes that can be overpowering.

And for everyone's sake, wash your gym clothes regularly. Nobody wants to smell yesterday's workout on you.

Respect Personal Space

Respecting personal space is crucial. Don’t hover over someone using a machine you’re waiting for. Give people enough room to complete their exercises without feeling crowded or rushed.

Avoid Unsolicited Advice

Unless someone asks for your input, avoid giving workout tips. What works for you might not work for them, and unsolicited advice can come off as condescending. Focus on your routine and let others focus on theirs.

Case Study: The Transformation of Gym Culture at Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym in Venice, California, recognized a growing issue with gym etiquette as their membership expanded. They implemented an educational campaign focusing on proper gym behavior, from hygiene to sharing equipment.

By installing clear signage and offering member workshops, they saw a 30% reduction in complaints related to gym etiquette. Their approach highlighted the importance of community and mutual respect, fostering a more welcoming environment for all members.

Work Out Smart, Work Out Considerately

Gym etiquette is all about common sense and consideration. By following these simple rules, you contribute to a positive and efficient gym environment where everyone can achieve their fitness goals comfortably.

So, next time you hit the gym, remember these tips to ensure you’re a considerate and respectful gym-goer. Happy lifting!

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