Thinking about joining a gym in the new year? It’s the most popular time of year to join and can create a busy space – especially in the pre- and post-work hours. For those not familiar with a gym setting, there a few etiquette and safety protocols to be aware of. Not only will they make your time at the gym more productive, but they’ll help you stay safe.
3 Things To Always Do at the Gym
1. Reserve Your Spot & Respect Time Limits
If you go to a popular gym with a limited number of cardio machines, you may find that there’s a time limit for workouts during the busiest hours of the day. In those instances, you may need to reserve your spot on the treadmill or elliptical. Be sure to do that first when you get to the gym, so that you know about how long it will take before you can hop on. Once it’s your turn, be respectful of the time limit and finish up your run or routine (including cool down!) before you’re allotted time is up. Not only will it help keep the flow of workouts running smoothly, it’s just good gym etiquette and human decency.
2. Wipe Down the Equipment
I’m a bit of a germo-phobe when it comes to exercise equipment. Working out on a machine or lifting weights that someone else has sweated all over? No thanks! While people are supposed to wipe down the equipment after they use it, I’ve witnessed way too many times that people have just gotten up and left, never to return to wipe off the machines. So, I recommend wiping down the machines and equipment before and after you use them. If you’re not sure where the sanitizing wipes are, ask the gym staff before you begin. Usually they’re located in boxes or tubs mounted on the wall, or, especially in hotel gyms, they’re located on top of the trash bins. Even if you haven’t had a particularly sweaty workout – for the love of all things holy, wipe the equipment down. I beg of you!
3. Wear Deodorant
This should be a given, right? Sadly, friends, it’s not always something people think of – until it’s too late. Make it a habit, before you begin your workout, to put on some fresh deodorant. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but your fellow gym goers will thank you. Working out produces sweat and sweaty workouts smell like…sweaty workouts. Body odor is a real and natural thing, but it can also be controlled.
So, before you head to the gym, make sure you know what to do. Your workout will be that much more effective and safe!