No matter what gym you go to, there are written rules to follow, like checking in at the front door or wearing shoes when working out. But there are several unwritten gym “rules” that I’d recommend following to help ensure that everyone, including you, experiences the best workout possible. Don’t feel bad if you had no idea that you should follow these rules—I’m guilty of breaking a few of these myself! Following them, however, will make life at the gym better for everyone. Let’s review some of these unwritten gym rules here:
- Put your weights away: Some gyms will have a sign instructing you to re-rack weights, but most do not. I’d suggest helping your gym staff and fellow members by putting your “toys” away. It’ll help keep your workout area safe and tidy and is a common courtesy that others will undoubtedly appreciate.
- Wipe it down: Sweating is a good thing! It means you’re working hard. But it’s pretty gross to leave a wet mess for others to sit or lie down on. Bring a towel with you if possible or use your facility’s cleaning equipment to dry up your hard work!
- Leave gym bags in the car or locker room: Don’t leave any more obstacles in the gym than what is already there. You’ll also get a more efficient workout when you don’t have to stop after each exercise to pick up your belongings and move them around with you.
- Respect people’s personal bubbles: If there is a bunch of cardio equipment open, give those already working out a little space. If you can move over and leave a few “machines of space” between both of you, I bet you’ll both feel more comfortable and be able to get in the zone!
These unwritten rules are simple suggestions to help better your entire experience at the gym. When you do your part, you’re helping keep your facility clean and running in an efficient manner.