Fitness Facility Etiquette
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Committing to a health and fitness routine is an admirable endeavor. Going to the gym on a regular basis requires willpower, effective scheduling, and organized priorities. Whether you are heading to the gym for the very first time or are a regular gym-goer, adhering to fitness etiquette will make you look like a seasoned veteran.
Use the following tips on gym etiquette and do your part to create the best gym experience for everyone.
Limit phone use
Being aware of your surroundings will give everyone the chance to have an efficient and effective workout. While training, try limiting phone use while on machines and equipment. This is especially relevant when others may be waiting to use the equipment you are sitting on. Changing songs for a quick second may be necessary, but save social media scrolling for somewhere other than the bench press.
Cleanliness goes in line with the “Golden Rule” which encourages us to treat equipment and facilities the same way we want others to treat them. Since you would rather sit down on a clean machine than onto someone else’s sweat, make sure you pay it forward for your fellow gym members. Tasks as simple as using a sanitizing wipe after dripping sweat on equipment, or bringing a clean pair of shoes to wear inside the facility, help keep the training environment clean and safe for all who use it.
Mind your rest
Far too often, not having enough time is the reason we use to skip a work out. Improve your gym experience be using a watch to time and monitor the breaks in between your exercises. Limiting your rest periods to less than 60 seconds between exercises will allow you to either fit more work into your current time frame, or get all your work done in less time. Be mindful of your rest breaks, get more work completed, and watch your fitness improve even quicker.
Be someone else’s sunshine
Workouts often require a certain level of intensity and focus. Pumping yourself up can improve your run pace, help you lift more weight, and fight through a challenging exercise. When not in “the zone,” you have the opportunity to be a friendly, approachable face for others in the gym. This may even create the positive environment someone else needs to feel welcome in an area which is often seen as intimidating. Being willing to share a smile and equipment make for a happier atmosphere for all.
The fitness experience goes far beyond putting together good workouts. Doing your part to create a positive training environment can be hugely impactful, no matter how small. Take a few moments to remember these fitness etiquette tips and make your gym the best place it can be.
Nick Rozek Greater Green Bay YMCA
East Side Healthy Living Director & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist