Simple Gym Etiquette

Something that a lot of people wonder about but never seem to ask is the question, “What is proper gym etiquette?” You may not have thought that exact phrase, but I guarantee every guy (or girl) has had the question cross their mind. You see a guy curling in the squat rack when you’re wanting to squat. Do you ask him to move or wait around? Read on to see how you should tackle this sort of situation.

What not to do

  • If you have been training for less than 2 years, do not try and correct somebody on their form. This even applies if they are performing the lift incorrectly. A key reason for this is that you probably haven’t yet mastered the form yourself, and you certainly aren’t going to be able to teach somebody else how to do it.

    • As an extra note: if you are a guy under no circumstances try to correct a girl’s form so you have an excuse to talk to her. It’s creepy and she knows why you’re doing it.

  • Do not spend half of your time chatting with the mates you brought with you. Chances are you’re hogging some equipment that somebody wants to use whilst not making any actual gains yourself. The gym isn’t for talking; the changing room is.

  • Similar to the above point, do not spend 5 minutes scrolling through Facebook whilst “using” the dumbbells that are at your feet. It stops other people using them and you might as well not be at the gym. Go hard or go home.

  • If you’re doing some heavy sets of bench and taking 5 minutes rest between sets, don’t tell the guy who is wanting to use the bench that he has to wait until you’ve finished with it. You can both use it.

  • Do not spend all of your rest period posing in the mirror: especially if you have only been lifting for a few months. It looks silly. (We’ll let you look a little though.)

    • [**Bonus: Do not strip down to your boxers and pose in the mirror with your mate. Yes, we’ve genuinely seen this happen.]

What you should do

  • If you have been training for a couple of years and see somebody who looks new to the gym, feel free to help them out. They might not know how to perform any exercises or what they should be training.

    • If you are new to lifting, just direct them here.

  • Put your weights back. We can forgive you for leaving 60kg on the barbell after squats, but leaving 4 sets of dumbbells scattered around the weights area isn’t fair on other people.

  • Say hi to people you frequently see in the gym. Even the intimidating guys usually turn out to be nice. Just make sure that you still get on with your training, they’ll understand.

  • If you need a piece of equipment and somebody is using it, feel free to ask if you can jump in. Nine times out of ten they will say yes.

  • If you need some assistance with your form whilst in the gym, just ask one of the personal trainers or gym instructors. It’s not going to cost you anything and they should be able to help you.

  • Enjoy yourself! It’s what lifting is all about.

So next time you head to the gym you have no more excuses for bad gym etiquette. Who knows, you might just meet your new lifting partner.

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**  We’d also love to hear any stories you have of bad gym etiquette!



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