Ever wonder how people have come to know the social rules of life at the gym? Now you too can be an expert on working out at the gym with the “top five tips” on gym etiquette from legendary trainer, Mike Ryan, who has worked with the likes of the Rock, Edward Norton and Mickey Rourke.
Gym Equipment: Never assume that a piece of equipment is free. Ask how many people are currently using the equipment, and if there are already 3 people, start somewhere else and come back to that machine. “I tell my clients to always wipe the machine down with a gym towel before and after you use any piece of equipment,” says Ryan.
Personal Space: This depends on the situation. Many group classes can get crowded, but it is always important to respect people’s personal space.
Grunting: ”Well, I am old school so grunting and breathing heavy are definitely a part of a great workout, but it is always important to respect other gym members,” says Ryan. As a rule of thumb, if it can be heard on the other side of the gym, it’s too loud.
Socializing at the Gym: Many people are turned off by being approached at the gym. Remember, the gym is a place for people to work towards their goals. If you really want to meet another member, a friendly hello and a simple wave can go a long way. Make a point of socializing with the person in the appropriate setting, like at the juice bar or outside the gym.
Spotting: Align your body in a manner that will allow you to aid the lifter without risk of injury to yourself. If you are in need of a spot, always ask someone who would be able to lift the weight, if needed, and always ask prior to starting the exercise.GO BACK