While training in a gym you must keep in mind that there are rules to respect and courtesy. If problems arise, don’t hesitate to tell a member of the staff about them so that they can be quickly fixed. Never forget the following things concerning gym etiquette:
Try to make as little noise as possible. Of course, during an intense series of exercises you can grunt to some extent and that’s fine, but screaming is a totally different matter. Not only is it distracting, but it can make the person screaming seem like it’s bragging about it’s performance.
Mind your sweat by carrying a towel and wiping the sweat off the machines, benches and such. If a towel is unavailable, try to use paper towels from the gym, if they are available.
Whatever weights you may use, make sure that you return them back to the rack and don’t leave them spread on the floor in the gym. Always leave the equipment as you would like to find it. Put the plates back on the plate holders etc. Don’t forget that the equipment is for everyone and if you are not using a piece of equipment, let the other members use it.
In a gym it’s normal that a level of noise is present, aside from the plates, grunting and other noises from inside the gym. There may be noise coming from the traffic, doors, etc. Don’t let such noises bother you and disrupt your councentration while training.
Talking while exercising should be limited to calling for help, encouragement and asking if someone needs a spotter. Between sets keep the conversations short and to the point.
While in the gym, try to turn your mobile phone off so that it won’t disturb you if it rings. Try to leave all your personal thoughts outside the gym for the duration of your training.
If you take a break, stay out of the way of other trainees so that the flow of traffic wouldn’t be disturbed. Don’t sit on a bench or machine if the gym is crowded, it may be used by someone soon.
Some people try giving advice to others, even if they don’t have much experience and so many members would be annoyed by this especially if you are new and don’t know what you are talking about yourself. Try to avoid providing any advice until you get some experience.
Suppose you want to train on a bench and someone is already doing a set. Don’t stay near the person unless you want to assist, but rather keep your distance while making sure others know that you will be the next person to train there.
At the end of the workout, take great care while changing in the locker room. Don’t leave stains or dirt in there. Treat the locker room as you would like to find it when you first come in the gym.