April 5, 2018

If you are a regular gym-goer, you’ll see more people working indoors now as the weather gets hotter. There’ll be the Instagrammers capturing every set they do; the wallflowers constantly admiring their abs in the mirror, and the ones with the nasty odour. Don’t be like one of these annoying folks who make working out difficult for others. Follow these seven basic gym etiquettes to steer clear of nasty glares.

basic gym etiquette

1. Don’t Hog The Equipment

There’s an unwritten gymming rule — leaving your towel on an equipment doesn’t give you dibs on it. Respect other people’s need to work out as well. Also, you cannot monopolise a station for more than half an hour, especially when others are waiting. Get moving!

basic gym etiquette

2. Respect Personal Space

We understand the gym is crowded. But don’t be that annoying guy who does his bicep curls uncomfortably close to the other person. Give some breathing room to your workout mates.

basic gym etiquette

3. Don’t Be Tripe, Always Wipe

Always keep a towel handy for when things get ‘sweaty’. Be nice to the person who has to use the machine after you and don’t leave your pool of sweat unwiped.

basic gym etiquette

4. Did I Ask For Your Advice?

No one likes being told what to do — unless you are their boss. Keep away from the temptation of teaching strangers the right way to exercise. But if you do see someone performing an exercise that puts them at a risk for injury, then flag down a trainer and let them deal with it.

basic gym etiquette

5. Enough With the Selfies Already

Did you know you can work out without announcing it on Instagram? On a busy day, if you are lounging around the gym clicking selfies, you’ll not only get in the way of others (see point 2 again) but also be a buzzkill for those trying to concentrate.

basic gym etiquette

6. Sir Ripped-A-Lot Wants to Flaunt His Abs

We know you worked hard to get that six-pack and it deserves to be admired. Check yourself out in the gym mirror all you want, just don’t block another person’s view. Gyms have mirrors installed so people can monitor their exercise.

basic gym etiquette

7. Only Kids Make A Mess

Don’t be a little baby who needs his mom to clean up after him. Pick up that used water cup and throw it in the dustbin. And when you are done with the weights, put them back on the rack, thanks!

basic gym etiquette