If you are new in the gym world, here are 10 of the unwritten gym rules:
Never Drop the Weights
There is no reason as to why you should drop weights. If you are unable to lift a load, it means that you are using too much weight and you should use a smaller weight. Dumbbells are expensive to replace; therefore, you should always put them down gently.
Always Put your Weights Back
You always put your plates back in place when you are through with your food, right? Well, you also need to put the weights back in their right place once you are through with your set. Remember that ten-pound plates go with ten-pound plates, 25’s go with 25’s and so on.
Step Away from the Rack
Once you grab your equipment you should move away from the rack to allow other people to get what they want. As rule of thumb you should never lift weights near the rack. If your bench is too close to the rack, you should pull it back.
No Cell Phones
You should not distract other people with your cellphone. If you don’t have an emergency, you should switch off you phone. If you have to receive a call, get outside and pick the call there.
Gym benches are not like hotel seats where placing a handbag or coat amounts to a reservation. You should never leave your towel or a bottle of water on a bench, go out for a chat, and expect to find the bench unoccupied.
Watch Your Hygiene
Although, it’s normal to sweat in the gym, you should not spoil everyone’s day with your body odor. If you sweat in your workout clothes, always clean them before wearing them again. If you sweat a lot before getting to the club, take a quick shower before you start lifting weights.
Leave Nude Home
It’s common for people to stay nude in their home bathrooms, but you should not do so in a gym bathroom. This is because that is a public bathroom. If you have no clothes on, always use your towel to cover yourself.
Clean your Locker for Another Person
Once you are through with your exercises, you should always clean your locker. This is particularly important during winter when you tend to have plenty of wet clothes and dirty shoes. Once you are through with your training, always wipe out the dirt and water. You would also like to find a clean locker, right?
Wait till the Set is Complete
It’s distracting when someone walks in front or behind you when you are lifting weights; therefore, you should avoid doing so to someone else. If you want to walk, wait for him/her to complete his/her set and then go on with your activities.
If the gym is too packed and there are no enough equipment, share with others. This will call for you to do few sets or stay in the gym longer—but it’s worth it as you are all on a common course.