Using Good Etiquette at the Gym - Sweatiquette

Top Ten Tips to Use When You are Working Out


  1. Avoid overly loud grunting. Your loud noises and over zealous grunting can really be distracting to club members around you.
  2. Wipe up your sweat from the exercise equipment. Research has shown that people have contacted communicable diseases such as rashes and ring worm from bacteria on exercise equipment. Be kind and take a moment to protect yourself as well as others by simply wiping the equipment.
  3. Return equipment to its proper place and/or back to the low setting. Just take a couple of extra steps to leave things organized for the next person. If you take out free weights, just put them back. If there are various settings on the equipment you’re using, be courteous and set it back to low.
  4. Refrain from using your cell phone. Simply leave your cell phone in your car or locker. Your time at the gym can be better spent if you concentrate on building a healthy body rather than stressing about the world on the other side of your cell phone. Allow technology to do the work by letting voice mail pick up your calls. And NO you cannot use your earpiece while working out!
  5. Think about how you smell. Even though you’re going to perspire when working out don’t use the same sweaty clothes over and over again. Using deodorant and wearing laundered clothes will help prevent natural body order from become so strong it offends the people around you.
  6. Avoid staring at people. Keep in mind that most individuals are at the gym not only to maintain a healthy body but to also work on problem areas. This means people; women especially may be feeling somewhat uncomfortable just being there. Don’t make matters worse by staring.
  7. Don’t hog the machines. It’s important that you pay attention to people around you so that you are mindful of how long you are using each machine. This includes the cardio machines as well. If you’ve signed up to use specific equipment for a given time be sure you stick to it as a courteous to others.
  8. Keep gym and locker room clean. The staff at your gym is not there to follow behind picking up after you. Take your water bottles, towels, etc. with you when you leave the club. And don’t forget to clear the area around your locker of your personal belongings.
  9. Keep conversation brief or move to another area to talk. There are times when you may find yourself in conversation with an acquaintance or meet someone new. People are there to concentrate on their work out and your voices may be a distraction. If you see your conversation is going to be prolonged then step out into another area such as the lobby so you don’t disturb people nearby.
  10. Follow the club rules. Rules may vary from club to club for different reasons depending on the management. Don’t take them personally because every member is expected to follow them. You’ll have a better work out experience and make your life simple by following the posted guidelines.