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Work It Out: Unspoken Rules To Live By At The Gym

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Going to the gym, means more than signing up and working out, it means abiding by the rules of the facility. But, there are also some unwritten rules that patrons are expected to adhere to. Among these:

1. Dress For Success: Bare feet, sans socks or in sandals or slippers are NOT toe-tally OUT. Instead wear a good pair of sweat socks and a good pair of shoes. Also keep in mind that while you want to look neat and clean, the gym is NOT the runway, jeans and “lingerie” should be reserved for after your workout. Opt for something comfortable (like track pants) that will also absorb your sweat, nor will leave you open for any wardrobe malfunctions.

2. Clean Up After Yourself: Not only should you place a towel on your bench or workout equipment before using it, but you should also wipe any perspiration from the machine when you are done.

3. Time Yourself: Sure you may want to go on a marathon run on the treadmill, but remember, you are not alone. There are other clients who are eager for their turn. So, limit yourself (unless the gym is totally empty) to about 20 or 30 minutes on each machine.

4. Rack’ Em Up: Regardless of what your routine is at home, remember to put things (at the gym) immediately back where you got them from when you’re done. This is especially important when it comes to weights, not only because others may want to use them, but also, because, if you don’t someone just may get hurt.

5. Grin (Don’t Grunt) And Bear It…And Please Don’t Drop The Weights: Two of THE most annoying things work out enthusiasts do is attract attention to themselves by either purposely dropping their weights or grunting as they lift. Neither of these is attractive and regardless of how well built you are you are NOT an animal, but rather a human being…act like one.

6. Can We Talk…The Answer Is No: While joining a gym IS a terrific social environment, it is also a place where injury can occur, especially if you disrupt a person’s concentration. While it’s perfectly okay to strike up a conversation with the individual on the elliptical next to you, refrain from speaking to those in the middle of doing their free-weight reps.

7. Play Nice With Others: Take into consideration how many others are waiting for the equipment you are using. So, if you’re taking a break, maybe you can share.

8. Don’t Be A “Stalker”: Regardless of how long you’ve been waiting or how much of a rush you’re in, try not to hover over others trying to pressure them to get off the machine you are waiting to use. Instead, bide your time wisely and wait patiently or reserve that machine for another day.

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