The gym can be an intimidating place. With a swarm of people working out, slamming weights, and making noise. But it doesn’t have to be. Just remember that everyone is there for the same reason; whatever stage you may be at in your fitness journey. In this post we’ll discuss how to behave in the gym, and explore the unwritten rules of the house of gains!
1. Leave your ego at the door
The chances are, you’ve heard it all before. To leave your ego at the door. Although, with the phrase being thrown about a lot, it’s meaning can be twisted. So what does it actually mean?
Well, a lot of Men (And women) like to be the biggest, strongest individual in the gym. And there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact I encourage you to push yourself. However what I don’t encourage is purposely slamming the weights, screaming, and ending up injured because you tried to ‘out-lift’ the guy next to you.
2. Return your weights
It really is as simple as it sounds. However you would be amazed by the number of people who choose to leave their weights lying around the gym. Don’t be that guy! By returning the weights you instantly become more of a Gentleman, and an all round cooler guy.
3. Stay Oder free
Don’t get me wrong; sweating is a sure sign of a good work out. Unfortunately it can also be a sign of poor hygiene. Simply throw on some deodorant before you train, and you’ll remain fresh and oder free for the duration of your session.
4. Say YES to spotting
Just…don’t be that guy. When someone politely asks you to spot them, do it! Why not? I’m sure they’ll be glad to return the favour. Pay it forward. Gym edition.
5. Try not to scream the house down
Some people feel the need to let out a little squeal every now and then, to summon addition strength from the lifting gods. And that’s totally cool… All I will say, is to keep a cap on it. No one goes the gym to listen to you scream. Take others into consideration.
6. Ask for a spot
Now this links back to leaving your ego at the door. It doesn’t make you any ‘less of a Man’ to ask for a spot when you’re unsure on a lift. Better safe than sorry. No one wants to wind up with an injury. And don’t fear asking people either, just have a little confidence, and I guarantee than most people will lend you a hand.
7. Offer help (If you can)
We all started from the bottom. With limited knowledge, and learning through trial and error. If you see someone making a rookie mistake, such as poor form, or loading on too much weight, then don’t hesitate to offer some advice. Although some people may just shrug you off, some will appreciate the advice, and take it in. Take it from me, someone who has both given, and received advice in the gym.
8. Don’t hog the equipment
Now let me set the scene… It’s international chest day (Monday) and you’ve managed to get yourself a bench. Now you don’t need to spend 40-50 minutes on the bench. Pick one, maybe wo exercises, complete your sets, and move on. You can easily continue your training through different equipment, or body weight training. Don’t hog the equipment. Share the love!
9. Don’t slam the weights
It’s very important to respect the equipment. Although the weights may seem pretty sturdy, you’re hardly extending their shelf life by throwing them about. If you genuinely need to drop them because it’s far too heavy (Which should only be the case when going for a PR) then that’s cool. Just don’t take the piss!
10. Wipe down the equipment
As previously mentioned, sweating is a sire sign of a good workout. However, it’s not something to be shared. Make sure to wipe down any equipment you leave your mark on. Some gyms provide cloths for this exact reason, and others don’t. So you could always throw a small towel in your gym bag.
At the end of the day it is important to relax and train hard. Whilst at the same time, having respect for the people around you, and the equipment you’re using. You’ll be off to a great start by following these handful of gym rules! Happy training.