For many people joining a gym for the first time and then going along for their first workout, it can often feel akin to their first day at school or in a new job. Not knowing anyone, wondering what it will be like, and the realisation that you do not know where everything is so you find yourself wandering around, obviously looking lost, can all make you feel like the quintessential newbie.
Thankfully, most gyms are welcoming, with staff and other members happy to welcome new people, and the vast majority of them being friendly and helpful. However, there is one way in which those levels of friendliness might be tempered, and that is if you fail to follow normal gym etiquette. Whilst there may be specific nuances in individual gyms, the etiquette in each will be akin to the dos and don’ts of gym etiquette we have outlined outline below.
Gym Etiquette Dos
Wear Appropriate Clothing: The gym is not a fashion show, nor somewhere that you should ‘dress to impress’. Instead, your clothing should be appropriate for the workouts you plan to follow, and be worn for comfort and safety, rather than their style.
Practice Good Hygiene: Apart from obviously showering after your workout, as you use equipment ensure that you wipe it down with a towel to remove sweat, for example. We are sure you would hate it if you went to sit at the bench press and the seat was covered in someone else’s sweat. Yuk!