Going to the gym is stressful enough without other members disturbing your gym experience. You may have encountered someone like that or you may be that person to disrupt someone else. After speaking with a few fellow gym goers, I found we all have similar gym pet peeves.
1. PEOPLE WHO DON’T RE-RACK
Many times I find myself scared for my safety trying to switch off weights that were left on a machine. The point of these weights are to lift them, right? So, why not lift them one more time to put them back?
2. PEOPLE WHO DON’T CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES
The gym is filled with germs as it is so, if you sweat all over the equipment, please wipe the machine down when you’re done. There are spray bottles for a reason.
Also, there are garbage cans at every turn. Please use them instead of leaving your trash in machines.
3. USING CELL PHONES ON EQUIPMENT/PEOPLE HANGING OUT ON EQUIPMENT THEY AREN’T USING
We’re all there for a reason, to work out! Don’t get on a machine just to make a phone call. If you’re talking on the phone, chances are you’re not working hard enough for your exercise to be effective. Let someone else have the chance to use the machine.
You may have made friends at the gym. Great! But, talk to them on the side where you’re not in the way.
4. GETTING ON A TREADMILL NEXT TO SOMEONE WHEN THERE IS A FULL EMPTY ROW
Two words – PERSONAL SPACE!
5. SIZING SOMEONE UP
No one is there to be judged. They are there to better themselves. Everyone is on their own journey at their own pace. There is no need to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Keep your judgement to yourself!
Speaking of sizing someone up and personal space – Guys (and girls), don’t be a creep. The last thing someone wants is to be ogled or approached with some absurd pick up line while they’re trying to work out.
So, be courteous people! You’re not the only one at the gym!