Gym is a public space. Every person working out at the gym is an equal member and has equal rights over the facilities of the gym. Just like any other public space, gym too has certain set of rules and manners. There is some basic etiquette that are expected to be followed by you. Let us have a look at some of the etiquettes you must most definitely know while working out at the gym.
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1. Don’t Stare:
It is creepy and gets creepier at the gym. You might not be realising that you are staring or might be looking with a totally non-malicious intent of not just learning an exercise by seeing how others do it, but it is still creepy and something that you should totally not do, especially if you have women working out around you.
2. Be Patient and Polite:
This is a virtue that comes of great use even at a gym. Often at gym you might need a machine that someone is already using. In that case, very politely request that person to alternate on the machine with you. If the person agrees, then wait patiently for his or her set to get over, and avoid showing your desperation for the machine either through your words or actions.
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3. Leave No Sweat:
Working out means sweating, but you need to learn to keep that sweat to yourself. Always check that after using a machine or bench, your sweat marks are not left on it. If they are, then wipe them out immediately. Even better would be to keep a towel on the bench before you lie down on it.
4. Help With Weights:
Always keep an eye for alarm. If your neighbour or partner is in a tricky situation or is having a problem lifting a weight then help him or her out. Provide your assistance or support in case they need it, especially when they ask for it. You are not in a competition with anyone. So help others as well.
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There is no alternate for good behaviour, whether at gym or any other place. If you behave nicely to people at your gym and show your well-mannered side, then people will like you and will also become your friends. Remember, it is all about growing mutually, whether your muscles or as a person.