1. Be aware of where you and your stuff are- One of the biggest ways to offend others is to not be aware of where you are positioned and your personal items. Let me give an example:A person goes to the free weights, grabs a couple of dumbbells, and uses them in front of the rack. No, no one else can grab a set of dumbbells without being rude.
Another example would be to leave your towel and water bottle on workout machines you are not using. This means that no one else can use them either. As I mentioned above, a good portion of gym etiquette is all about being considerate of other people.
2. When you are done with a machine, wipe it down- You know you hate it when you go to workout on a machine and find it wet from the previous person that used it. So, since we are thinking of others, take the time to wipe down the machine.
3. Be polite and do not stare- Staring is rude enough, but doing it at the gym seems to multiply the rudeness factor ten times over. There are many people at the gym that uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. It could be that they are not comfortable with the way they look, with the way that they workout, or feel vulnerable if they are alone.
So, the easiest way to help with this is to ensure that you do not stare. Good gym etiquette will be displayed when you are polite to others.
4. Use mobile phone etiquette- I have noticed many people that get annoyed at others when they are using their phone while working out. There is a time and a place to use your mobile phone and the gym is not it.
5. Clothing and dress - It is key that you dress to workout. Wear appropriate clothing to exercise in. The gym is a place for athletic wear, not the latest runway fashions.
To make your workout a success, use the golden rule. It is essential that you treat others and the equipment with respect.
What is the worst example of gym etiquette that you have been a part of? What is it that irritates you about others at the gym? Comment on your pet peeves here so that everyone can benefit by not making the same mistakes.