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Title: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Mopsy428 on March 08, 2009, 02:52:04 PM
1. Wipe the equipment after you are finished using it.

2. The machines are for exercising, not sitting down, doing nothing and chatting with your friend, whether it's in person or on your cellphone. (Note: if you are actually using the equipment, chatting with a friend who is beside you is OK.)

3. Observe the posted rules about cell phones.

4. Do not comment on other people's bodies.

5. Do not comment on how much weight people are using on the machines.

6. A locker room is for changing. You will be exposed to nudity. Do not tell people who are changing to do it inside a bathroom stall.

Added:
7.  Use your audio devices with headphones or at a reasonably low volume.

8.  If you see someone else working with a trainer, do not assume that the trainer is available to work with you.  Arrange it with the staff and don't encroach on someone else's arrangements.

9.  Shower after you work out-but don't take forever.  The showers and grooming facilities are communal, so be courteous to those waiting for them.  Keep the area neat by remembering to take your things with you.  If the gym puts out soaps, lotions, or other things for communal use, take no more than your fair share.

10.  In the locker room, remember not to leave your lock on your locker after you leave unless you have an arrangement okaying this with the gym.  Take it with you.

11.  In the locker room, if a locker with items in it does not have a lock on it, it is not yours to empty out.  Leave other people's things alone.  This also goes for things not stored in a locker.

12.  Put towels in the designated bin, basket, or receptacle after use.  Do not take more than whatever amount the gym deems acceptable for your own use.

13. If the gym has a time policy during busy periods (e.g. no more than 15 minute per machine), please respect that.

14. During a mixed ability class, if one person is new/not as fit as you are, don't sigh and roll your eyes if they are a little slow, or are having troubles with the moves. Conversely, it's totally ok to smile encouragingly, and tell them about the hard bits (thanks lovely girl who warned me that the following routine would be super hard!).

15. In the steam room/sauna, don't stretch yourself out when it is clear that there is not enough space for everyone if you do so.

16. Mid-workout is not the time to try to make new friends.  While some people may be social at the gym, a lot of people do not appreciate the interruption.

17.  Naked in the locker room time is also not the time to try to make new friends.  No one wants a friend who has seen them naked before they know their name! :-)

18. Observe the family/adult locker room rules.

19. Change feminine hygiene products in the bathroom stall.

20. Do not stare at people who are working out.

21. Do not block the weights. Pick them up and move to the side so other people can get weights.

22. If you bring a gym bag or large purse to the gym - please utilize the locker room!! It is NOT ok for your gym back to or other personal items to be in the free weight area or laying around behind your treadmill.

23. If you have a contagious skin condition, please refrain from using the sauna, steam room, swimming pool, or jacuzzi until it is clear.

Swimming:

1. If the gym requires that bathing caps, goggles, or other gear be used, do so.

2. Do not use the lanes for casual swimming.  People are trying to get exercise by swimming laps.

3. Don't run in the pool area.  This is very dangerous.

4. Obey pool rules about jumping or diving into the pool and do not do these things in prohibited areas.

5. Respect the swimming speed - different lanes are for people with different preferences.

6. Don't block the stairs or ladder into the pool.

Track

1. If you are walking, jogging, or running faster than another person, don't expect that person to speed up for you.  Make room for them to pass.

2. Don't block the path of someone moving faster than you along the track.  Don't walk, jog, or run more than one abreast if there isn't room for someone to go by.
   
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Lisbeth on March 08, 2009, 02:59:11 PM
7.  Use your audio devices with headphones or at a reasonably low volume.

8.  If you see someone else working with a trainer, do not assume that the trainer is available to work with you.  Arrange it with the staff and don't encroach on someone else's arrangements.

9.  Shower after you work out-but don't take forever.  The showers and grooming facilities are communal, so be courteous to those waiting for them.  Keep the area neat by remembering to take your things with you.  If the gym puts out soaps, lotions, or other things for communal use, take no more than your fair share.

10.  In the locker room, remember not to leave your lock on your locker after you leave unless you have an arrangement okaying this with the gym.  Take it with you.

11.  In the locker room, if a locker with items in it does not have a lock on it, it is not yours to empty out.  Leave other people's things alone.  This also goes for things not stored in a locker.

12.  Put towels in the designated bin, basket, or receptacle after use.  Do not take more than whatever amount the gym deems acceptable for your own use.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: bluebirds on March 08, 2009, 03:39:35 PM
If the gym has a time policy during busy periods (e.g. no more than 15 minute per machine), please respect that.

During a mixed ability class, if one person is new/not as fit as you are, don't sigh and roll your eyes if they are a little slow, or are having troubles with the moves. Conversely, it's totally ok to smile encouragingly, and tell them about the hard bits (thanks lovely girl who warned me that the following routine would be super hard!).

In the steam room/sauna, don't stretch yourself out when it is clear that there is not enough space for everyone if you do so.

Respect the swimming speed - different lanes are for people with different preferences.

Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Lisbeth on March 08, 2009, 03:50:13 PM
When swimming:

-If the gym requires that bathing caps, goggles, or other gear be used, do so.
-Do not use the lanes for casual swimming.  People are trying to get exercise by swimming laps.
-Don't run in the pool area.  This is very dangerous.
-Obey pool rules about jumping or diving into the pool and do not do these things in prohibited areas.

For the track:

-If you are walking, jogging, or running faster than another person, don't expect that person to speed up for you.  Make room for them to pass.
-Don't block the path of someone moving faster than you along the track.  Don't walk, jog, or run more than one abreast if there isn't room for someone to go by.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Cz. Burrito on March 09, 2009, 03:46:24 PM

-Do not use the lanes for casual swimming.  People are trying to get exercise by swimming laps.

I may or may not disagree with this depending on what you mean by "casual swimming."  I think it's okay to enter an open lane for anything related use of the pool at the gym- slow swimming, stretching, walking, water aerobics, etc would all be acceptable at the gyms that I've been a member of.  You don't need to strictly be doing standard lap swimming.  Standing around in the pool and gabbing with your friend would not be okay (which is maybe what you mean by casual swimming?)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Lisbeth on March 09, 2009, 04:24:26 PM

-Do not use the lanes for casual swimming.  People are trying to get exercise by swimming laps.

I may or may not disagree with this depending on what you mean by "casual swimming."  I think it's okay to enter an open lane for anything related use of the pool at the gym- slow swimming, stretching, walking, water aerobics, etc would all be acceptable at the gyms that I've been a member of.  You don't need to strictly be doing standard lap swimming.  Standing around in the pool and gabbing with your friend would not be okay (which is maybe what you mean by casual swimming?)

What I mean by "casual swimming" is "hanging out in the water but not for fitness purposes or learning how to swim."  Thus, all the things you mentioned-slow swimming, stretching, etc. are fine in a lane as long as they don't interfere with others' using the lanes.  If it's just hanging out with friends, that wouldn't be okay.

One more:  Don't block the stairs or ladder into the pool.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Talamarie on March 09, 2009, 04:29:03 PM
13. Providing that there are multiple machines open with equal access to all amenities, please do not insist on being right next to someone who is already in the middle of their exercise routine. 

14. Mid-workout is not the time to try to make new friends.  While some people may be social at the gym, a lot of people do not appreciate the interruption. 

15.  Naked in the locker room time is also not the time to try to make new friends.  No one wants a friend who has seen them naked before they know their name! :-)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: nekoro on March 09, 2009, 04:58:03 PM
From threads around here:  Don't comment on someone's underwear and/or your opinion of the appropriateness thereof.  (Does that sentence make sense?)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: snowball's chance on March 09, 2009, 06:15:43 PM
Observe the family/adult locker room rules. 

Change feminine hygiene products in the bathroom stall.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Talamarie on March 09, 2009, 06:41:49 PM
Change feminine hygiene products in the bathroom stall.

 :-X ??? :-X ???

I would have never even thought that would need to be said.

(insert jawdropping smily here)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: snowball's chance on March 09, 2009, 06:47:56 PM
Change feminine hygiene products in the bathroom stall.

 :-X ??? :-X ???

I would have never even thought that would need to be said.

(insert jawdropping smily here)

Neither would I, til I saw it.  Even better that it was a woman I worked with.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Talamarie on March 09, 2009, 06:53:32 PM
Somethings, once seen, just can never be undone.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: katycoo on March 09, 2009, 07:06:35 PM
13. Providing that there are multiple machines open with equal access to all amenities, please do not insist on being right next to someone who is already in the middle of their exercise routine. 

I don't think you can dictate this one. 
Its nice to have space, but the machine next to you is just as available for use as the other 12.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Cz. Burrito on March 09, 2009, 07:09:04 PM

-Do not use the lanes for casual swimming.  People are trying to get exercise by swimming laps.

I may or may not disagree with this depending on what you mean by "casual swimming."  I think it's okay to enter an open lane for anything related use of the pool at the gym- slow swimming, stretching, walking, water aerobics, etc would all be acceptable at the gyms that I've been a member of.  You don't need to strictly be doing standard lap swimming.  Standing around in the pool and gabbing with your friend would not be okay (which is maybe what you mean by casual swimming?)

What I mean by "casual swimming" is "hanging out in the water but not for fitness purposes or learning how to swim."  Thus, all the things you mentioned-slow swimming, stretching, etc. are fine in a lane as long as they don't interfere with others' using the lanes.  If it's just hanging out with friends, that wouldn't be okay.

One more:  Don't block the stairs or ladder into the pool.

In that case, I agree.   :)

Also... ewwww to it needing to be stated that you should change feminine hygiene products in a toilet stall.   :o
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: gadget--gal on March 10, 2009, 07:00:50 AM
weights room

- do not patronise the women (or anyone else you perceive to be weaker) who are waiting to use the bench press or squat rack.

 - when you see said woman throwing up a few good reps  ;), don't stand there goggle-eyed like this:  :o  just because you never saw a woman go near a barbell

- I cannot stress this enough: do not stare at someone's [rear] when they are doing squats, chances are, they can see you in the mirror, and you're distracting them. Even if the starer thinks it's a complement, it's a backhanded one...

- when you pick up your dumbells from the stands, don't just stand there and curl/press your set. you're blokcing the weights and the mirror for everyone else, move back a little.

- in peak times use each station for it's intended use. i.e.
     * don't curl in the squat rack (your curling weight will be so light you can pick up your weight and curl anywhere in the gym)
    * dont deadlift right in front of the squat rack, unless you have no choice but to borrow the bar from the squat rack
   * don't sit on the bench station and do your dumbell work there!!


finding that special someone at the gym: it can be done (hey, it happened to me  :-* ) but you need to go about it properly:
    - don't jump on a machine *just* to try and hit on a person I know a grown, well-built man won't normally do pullups with a 40kg counter balance ::) FAIL.
    - don't interrupts a person's set just to tell the that you're into them: you've just demonstated how inconsiderate you are. FAIL. 
    - do try and engage them in conversation at the juice bar or in the sauna








Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Talamarie on March 10, 2009, 02:54:46 PM
13. Providing that there are multiple machines open with equal access to all amenities, please do not insist on being right next to someone who is already in the middle of their exercise routine. 

I don't think you can dictate this one. 
Its nice to have space, but the machine next to you is just as available for use as the other 12.

That's one we will have to agree to disagree on. I think it falls under the list of "of course you CAN do something, but that doesn't mean you SHOULD" that has been discussed on here frequently, and includes parking in front of someone elses home when you have open space of your own and things of that nature. 

Provided no additional amenities come from a certain machine (i.e. better fan access, better tv access) I feel that it's polite to give a buffer area between yourself and strangers, and everyone I know IRL agrees. :-) I know that some others may not feel the need, but it's something that's considerate to others. and does no harm or extra effort to the person who would be getting onto the machine.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: jane7166 on March 10, 2009, 07:41:54 PM
Exactly.  Don't talk - SWIM!   I can't tell you how irritating it is to be using a lane and hoping you don't have to share and then you see someone in a lane, sitting on the end, talking for 10 to 15 minutes to an acquaintance and you just know they would be done if only they'd get started and then there would be an open lane again. 

And, if your pool is like ours and 3 lanes are marked with ropes and 3 lanes are not, do your stretching, aerobics, etc., in the free area.  Walking a lane or slow swimming up and down a lane is fine - heaven knows, I'm the slowest swimmer on the planet.  However, treading water in one area of a lane with your lady friends and gossiping - not so acceptable. 


-Do not use the lanes for casual swimming.  People are trying to get exercise by swimming laps.

I may or may not disagree with this depending on what you mean by "casual swimming."  I think it's okay to enter an open lane for anything related use of the pool at the gym- slow swimming, stretching, walking, water aerobics, etc would all be acceptable at the gyms that I've been a member of.  You don't need to strictly be doing standard lap swimming.  Standing around in the pool and gabbing with your friend would not be okay (which is maybe what you mean by casual swimming?)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Brentwood on March 10, 2009, 07:47:37 PM
13. Providing that there are multiple machines open with equal access to all amenities, please do not insist on being right next to someone who is already in the middle of their exercise routine. 

I don't think you can dictate this one. 
Its nice to have space, but the machine next to you is just as available for use as the other 12.

That's one we will have to agree to disagree on. I think it falls under the list of "of course you CAN do something, but that doesn't mean you SHOULD" that has been discussed on here frequently, and includes parking in front of someone elses home when you have open space of your own and things of that nature. 

Provided no additional amenities come from a certain machine (i.e. better fan access, better tv access) I feel that it's polite to give a buffer area between yourself and strangers, and everyone I know IRL agrees. :-) I know that some others may not feel the need, but it's something that's considerate to others. and does no harm or extra effort to the person who would be getting onto the machine.

I don't think that taking the machine next to someone else is inconsiderate, and if I were the final arbiter of what gets included in this virtual etiquette book, I would not include a stipulation to avoid taking the machine next to someone else. If the spacing of the machines is such that a person would feel encroached upon to have someone next to them, take it up with gym management. Don't expect people not to use those machines.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: familyfun on March 10, 2009, 08:12:53 PM
11.  In the locker room, if a locker with items in it does not have a lock on it, it is not yours to empty out.  Leave other people's things alone.  This also goes for things not stored in a locker.

I'm coming at this from the perspective of someone who works out in a gym with a small locker room which can get crowded sometimes (NYC real estate being what it is space is a premium).  Also, there have been thefts, so nearly everyone puts a lock on their locker (most of us are commuting from suburbs or outerboroughs, so we have wallets, etc. in our lockers. 

While I agree no one should move anyone else's stuff, it's rude to leave one's belongings strewn about when it will block the access of others to their lockers, benches, etc.  Or force them to step over one's stuff to get there.  People shouldn't be leaving that around to begin with.  And if one doesn't have a lock to put on a locker, some other indication that the locker is taken is helpful (e.g. a bag strap hanging out of the locker or even one of the plastic bags intended for wet items looped around the part where the lock would go).  It's annoying to be juggling the workout clothes, shower stuff (I rent a smaller locker from the gym to store those) briefcase/backpack and think a locker is free, only to set some stuff down & find out it's taken.  If there's a lock or strap hanging out or the plastic loop, it makes it easier to see which ones are taken.

I'd also like to add, if there is enough room to not take the locker directly over/under or next to another locker, it's a courtesey to leave a bit of space so we're not in each other's ways.  Twice in one week, I've had people take the locker underneath mine while I was working out when there were quite a few other ones surrounding that were empty.  And we ended up at the locker at the same time, trying to get undressed.   If there had been no other lockers or not many, I could understand it, but there were enough where they could have given a bit more space.   Really,  why do people do that?
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Cz. Burrito on March 10, 2009, 09:34:58 PM

I don't think that taking the machine next to someone else is inconsiderate, and if I were the final arbiter of what gets included in this virtual etiquette book, I would not include a stipulation to avoid taking the machine next to someone else. If the spacing of the machines is such that a person would feel encroached upon to have someone next to them, take it up with gym management. Don't expect people not to use those machines.

I agree with this.  There are a variety of considerations that go into deciding which machine that I want, including machine issues (I went to a gym that wasn't so great with maintenance so there would be ellipticals that technically worked but squeaked with every motion- I try to avoid machines that I know are like that), and television placement (for gyms where the TVs are on the wall- I will pick a machine nearer to which TV I'd like to watch), proximity to fans for gyms that have those, model of machine when there are multiple models of a particular type of machine, etc.  If there are two machines that are equal in those respects, I will probably choose the one that isn't next to somebody else, but I don't think it's rude to not do so.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Lisbeth on March 10, 2009, 09:51:44 PM
11.  In the locker room, if a locker with items in it does not have a lock on it, it is not yours to empty out.  Leave other people's things alone.  This also goes for things not stored in a locker.

I'm coming at this from the perspective of someone who works out in a gym with a small locker room which can get crowded sometimes (NYC real estate being what it is space is a premium).  Also, there have been thefts, so nearly everyone puts a lock on their locker (most of us are commuting from suburbs or outerboroughs, so we have wallets, etc. in our lockers. 

While I agree no one should move anyone else's stuff, it's rude to leave one's belongings strewn about when it will block the access of others to their lockers, benches, etc.  Or force them to step over one's stuff to get there.  People shouldn't be leaving that around to begin with.  And if one doesn't have a lock to put on a locker, some other indication that the locker is taken is helpful (e.g. a bag strap hanging out of the locker or even one of the plastic bags intended for wet items looped around the part where the lock would go).  It's annoying to be juggling the workout clothes, shower stuff (I rent a smaller locker from the gym to store those) briefcase/backpack and think a locker is free, only to set some stuff down & find out it's taken.  If there's a lock or strap hanging out or the plastic loop, it makes it easier to see which ones are taken.

I'd also like to add, if there is enough room to not take the locker directly over/under or next to another locker, it's a courtesey to leave a bit of space so we're not in each other's ways.  Twice in one week, I've had people take the locker underneath mine while I was working out when there were quite a few other ones surrounding that were empty.  And we ended up at the locker at the same time, trying to get undressed.   If there had been no other lockers or not many, I could understand it, but there were enough where they could have given a bit more space.   Really,  why do people do that?

What I meant in my post was, don't leave a lock on your locker overnight.  When you leave the gym, remember to remove your lock and take it home with you unless you have an arrangement with the gym to leave it on because you work out there on a regular basis, are enrolled in classes, etc.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Brentwood on March 10, 2009, 10:16:42 PM

What I meant in my post was, don't leave a lock on your locker overnight.  When you leave the gym, remember to remove your lock and take it home with you unless you have an arrangement with the gym to leave it on because you work out there on a regular basis, are enrolled in classes, etc.

Many gyms will have specific rules about that - locks must be removed when you leave, and locks left on for X length of time will be cut off and the contents of the locker disposed of.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: familyfun on March 11, 2009, 11:45:56 AM
KeenReader,

I was referring to not emptying out lockers without locks and things not stored in a locker.  When locker rooms are crowded, a lock or a workout strap hanging out of a locker or scrunchy or plastic bag tied through the loops intended for a lock all let people know a locker is taken.  But when the locker is being used without a lock and no other indications are there that it's being used, it inconveniences others who think the locker is free.  Up until the recent thefts, there would be days where I'd go to put my stuff down and then find a locker was taken (with no lock on it) 2 or three times in a row in one day.  I generally carry my purse, a backpack (with lunch, breakfast, ipod chargers, etc.) and in my hands, I have a shower caddy & a laundry bag with my workout clothes (the reference to the rented, smaller locker was intended to indicate why I was carrying some of that in my hands vs. having a backpack, sorry for the confusion there).  While it would never justify emptying the locker, it is frustrating to start to set your stuff down, only to realize that the locker's taken.  The point I was trying to make is that if people aren't using locks on their lockers, they should have some other indication that the locker's taken such as the straps, ponytail holders, etc.  This way, others can see that locker's taken and go to one which isn't.  So I guess I'm suggesting a subsection to no. 11:

11 a If you're not using a lock on your locker, please put some other indication that the locker is being used.

And the things strewn outside the locker can be pretty annoying too.  Again, it's not right to touch it, but I hate when people decide to leave their bags, shoes, etc. all over the place while they're showering or doing their makeup.  Then they run into a friend and chat a bit.  Meanwhile, their stuff is all over the place and in the way of people trying to get to their lockers so they can get their shower stuff, clothes, etc.  Which I guess would be another subsection to no. 11:

11 b  If you're not using something right at the moment, put it in your locker or under the bench.  Don't leave it strewn about where it will get in other people's ways.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Elphaba on March 14, 2009, 03:11:15 PM
I'd  like to add this one, which its my BIGGEST pet peeve at the gym:

If you bring a gym bag or large purse to the gym - please utilize the locker room!! It is NOT ok for your gym back to or other personal items to be in the free weight area or laying around behind your treadmill.

A towel and waterbottle are fine, and maybe the occasional sweatshirt/hoodie you've recently removed, but anything past this should be stowed in a locker while you work out.

Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: bluebirds on March 15, 2009, 04:16:42 PM
If you have a skin condition, please refrain from using the sauna, steam room, swimming pool, or jacuzzi until it is clear. Please.

Today at the gym I'd just finished my Body Pump class and I thought I'd go for a couple of lengths then spend some time in the steam room. Imagine my horror when I saw a very tall man walking towards the steam room, with huges sores all over his body (they kind of looked like scabs, but they were all over his body, and in more or less even areas so that it reminded me of the mormal on the cook's shin  :-X) - thankfully (for me, I felt bad for those he joined) he headed into the sauna instead. I'm still a little surprised that the gym staff member in charge didn't say anything to him, it was clearly not sanitary for him to be in that kind of moist and hot environment.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: gadget--gal on March 16, 2009, 04:46:31 AM
If you have a skin condition, please refrain from using the sauna, steam room, swimming pool, or jacuzzi until it is clear. Please.

Today at the gym I'd just finished my Body Pump class and I thought I'd go for a couple of lengths then spend some time in the steam room. Imagine my horror when I saw a very tall man walking towards the steam room, with huges sores all over his body (they kind of looked like scabs, but they were all over his body, and in more or less even areas so that it reminded me of the mormal on the cook's shin  :-X) - thankfully (for me, I felt bad for those he joined) he headed into the sauna instead. I'm still a little surprised that the gym staff member in charge didn't say anything to him, it was clearly not sanitary for him to be in that kind of moist and hot environment.

surely it depends on the skin condition, and whether in fact, it's contagious? I'd be ore concerned with coughs and sneezes than skin conditions  :-\
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: zoidberg on March 16, 2009, 05:40:13 AM
surely it depends on the skin condition, and whether in fact, it's contagious? I'd be ore concerned with coughs and sneezes than skin conditions  :-\

I agree. I don't think you can assume that "open sores" are contagious. I don't really know what you mean by what you described, but I know a lot of people with neurodermitis who will have sores that are absolutely not contagious. As for the "open skin" factor - if you're in the steam room or the sauna, no part of your skin should be touching any part of benches, etc. anyway. So as long as it isn't an airborn contagion, I fail to see how this should be a problem.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: bluebirds on March 16, 2009, 06:14:53 AM
I see your point - I think I was just overwhelmed by the ick factor; the gentleman in question was wearing nothing but his swimming shorts, and tbh everyone at the gym I go to tends to just wear their swimming costume in the sauna/steam room since they're in the bathing area.

However, you are right, I should have put 'If you have a contagious skin condition...'

Which reminds me: the steam room/sauna is not the place for a pedicure - I used to go to a female-only gym, and the women would happily scrub their feet and file the hard skin off inside the steam room.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: gadget--gal on March 16, 2009, 06:19:23 AM
I see your point - I think I was just overwhelmed by the ick factor; the gentleman in question was wearing nothing but his swimming shorts, and tbh everyone at the gym I go to tends to just wear their swimming costume in the sauna/steam room since they're in the bathing area.

However, you are right, I should have put 'If you have a contagious skin condition...'

Which reminds me: the steam room/sauna is not the place for a pedicure - I used to go to a female-only gym, and the women would happily scrub their feet and file the hard skin off inside the steam room.

the very first sauna I visited was like this: they had women-only days and people were rather, um "free". Bathing suits optionals. People would do all their scrubbing anywhere. One woman tried to dye her hair there, but she got called out for that one. She tried to say "it's just henna"  ::) but that didn't fly.

Luckily I've been to other saunas since then, otherwise I would have thought that was normal sauna practive everywhere  ;)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: familyfun on March 20, 2009, 10:32:03 AM
This one's for gyms which have weight machines set aside for express circuits.  Mine does, which is intended for people who want to get an all over workout in a relatively short amount of time (which as someone relatively new to weight training, I like).  The gym's policy is that those machines are for the circuit express during certain hours (including the time I work out) and that people using it for express circuit get priority.

Don't be a circuit breaker!  It's fine to use just one piece of equipment in an express circuit, but if the machine right before it is being used, check with the person there.  I may be at the start of my sets and then I have no problem letting you go ahead because you may be done by the time I need it or you will let me work in.   But days like today when I was just about done and had to skip that one & then come back to it annoy me.  Fortunately it was open when I finished the rest of the circuit, but sometimes, by then someone else is using it and I either have to waste time waiting or skip it. That is annoying!  >:(

Also, if you're going to use just the one machine in an express circuit & want to do a heavy duty, long workout, be aware of people using it for its intended purpose as an express circuit. You should be looking to see if other people are trying to work through the circuit and allowing them to do so.  If I'm standing by you after I've gone around you and you're still at that machine, it's a hint that I'd like to use that equipment.  When I actually ask you to work in, that's a sign you've been on it far too loooong as I will generally skip that machine and finish the rest of the circuit, then stand in the general express circuit area & then right by you before I ask.  You've already inconvenienced me fairly substantially if I have to ask you to work in.  Which means "one more set" is probably not going to be an acceptable answer from you. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Elphaba on March 25, 2009, 03:09:10 PM
weights room

- do not patronise the women (or anyone else you perceive to be weaker) who are waiting to use the bench press or squat rack.

*snip*

- when you pick up your dumbells from the stands, don't just stand there and curl/press your set. you're blokcing the weights and the mirror for everyone else, move back a little.

- in peak times use each station for it's intended use. i.e.
     * don't curl in the squat rack (your curling weight will be so light you can pick up your weight and curl anywhere in the gym)
    * dont deadlift right in front of the squat rack, unless you have no choice but to borrow the bar from the squat rack
   * don't sit on the bench station and do your dumbell work there!!


I'll plant my POD on these and add a few more about using the free weights:

- RERACK YOUR WEIGHTS!! This goes for the squat rack, bench station, and everything else where you have to add your own plates.  I hate to shout, but this one really irks me. It's a serious inconvience to others to make them rerack your weights, which may be wayyy to heavy for them to move. Also a weighted bar gives the indication that you'll be back sometime soon. I hate to have to guess if someone is just getting a drink of water or something, or they're actually done with the station. It also goes for dumbbells - why should someone have to chase down the matching 25lb weight just because you didn't feel like walking the extra 10ft from your bench to the rack? This leads me to my second point:

- If you're using a bench/station/rack and have just gone to get a drink/stretch/something else, try to leave an indicator that the bench/station/rack is in use and you intend to return. Leaving your towel hanging on the bar or your keys/water bottle near by is a good one.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Ehelldame on March 26, 2009, 07:57:57 PM
I see your point - I think I was just overwhelmed by the ick factor; the gentleman in question was wearing nothing but his swimming shorts, and tbh everyone at the gym I go to tends to just wear their swimming costume in the sauna/steam room since they're in the bathing area.

However, you are right, I should have put 'If you have a contagious skin condition...'

You were correct the first time.  Most Health Departments have a prohibition against public swimming with open sores regardless of whether they are contagious or not. 

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Which reminds me: the steam room/sauna is not the place for a pedicure - I used to go to a female-only gym, and the women would happily scrub their feet and file the hard skin off inside the steam room.

I managed a prestigious Washington D.C. hotel's health club right after graduating from college.  Oh, the things I saw and had to deal with....you have no idea.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: gadget--gal on March 27, 2009, 04:27:18 AM
I see your point - I think I was just overwhelmed by the ick factor; the gentleman in question was wearing nothing but his swimming shorts, and tbh everyone at the gym I go to tends to just wear their swimming costume in the sauna/steam room since they're in the bathing area.

However, you are right, I should have put 'If you have a contagious skin condition...'

You were correct the first time.  Most Health Departments have a prohibition against public swimming with open sores regardless of whether they are contagious or not. 

just out of interest, does the prohibition tend to extend to the sauna/steam room? in some gyms, there is a spa area without the swimming pool, therefore you're not sharing the same water; just the same [moist] air, I guess.  ???
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: bluebirds on March 28, 2009, 03:44:58 AM
I see your point - I think I was just overwhelmed by the ick factor; the gentleman in question was wearing nothing but his swimming shorts, and tbh everyone at the gym I go to tends to just wear their swimming costume in the sauna/steam room since they're in the bathing area.

However, you are right, I should have put 'If you have a contagious skin condition...'

You were correct the first time.  Most Health Departments have a prohibition against public swimming with open sores regardless of whether they are contagious or not. 

just out of interest, does the prohibition tend to extend to the sauna/steam room? in some gyms, there is a spa area without the swimming pool, therefore you're not sharing the same water; just the same [moist] air, I guess.  ???

*gag*
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Nurvingiel on April 05, 2009, 04:05:13 AM
The pool: Don't swim fast in the slow lane, or slow in the fast lane.

Someone mentioned that it's not appropriate to dawdle in the lanes. They are for laps; lanes are usually set up with the majority of the pool open, so there's no need for that.  I think it's also important not to steamroll the people swimming slowly or hold up the people swimming quickly.  Usually there's a slow, medium and fast lane. It's good etiquette to choose the one for the speed you'll be swimming at.  Feel free to switch speeds and lanes if needed.

Wipe the machines cannot be said enough.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Brentwood on April 05, 2009, 10:08:10 AM
The pool: Don't swim fast in the slow lane, or slow in the fast lane.

Someone mentioned that it's not appropriate to dawdle in the lanes. They are for laps; lanes are usually set up with the majority of the pool open, so there's no need for that.  I think it's also important not to steamroll the people swimming slowly or hold up the people swimming quickly.  Usually there's a slow, medium and fast lane. It's good etiquette to choose the one for the speed you'll be swimming at.  Feel free to switch speeds and lanes if needed.


The gym I work for does not have speed lanes. There are dedicated lap swim lanes and the open area of the pool. I have no idea how I would gauge my speed, so if I want to swim (rare, I admit), I'll swim in the dedicated lap lanes no matter what. If it becomes too complicated to figure out where I should be, I just won't do it at all.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Pinky830 on April 05, 2009, 11:20:58 AM
This thread sure is bringing back some memories. I am SO thankful I have a weight set, heavy bag and treadmill in my basement now.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Nurvingiel on April 05, 2009, 04:27:50 PM
The pool: Don't swim fast in the slow lane, or slow in the fast lane.

Someone mentioned that it's not appropriate to dawdle in the lanes. They are for laps; lanes are usually set up with the majority of the pool open, so there's no need for that.  I think it's also important not to steamroll the people swimming slowly or hold up the people swimming quickly.  Usually there's a slow, medium and fast lane. It's good etiquette to choose the one for the speed you'll be swimming at.  Feel free to switch speeds and lanes if needed.
The gym I work for does not have speed lanes. There are dedicated lap swim lanes and the open area of the pool. I have no idea how I would gauge my speed, so if I want to swim (rare, I admit), I'll swim in the dedicated lap lanes no matter what. If it becomes too complicated to figure out where I should be, I just won't do it at all.
Well, if there are no designated speed lanes then people just have to do their best and share.  That's different than deliberately ignoring a speed sign.

You should feel free to swim in undesignated lanes at your comfortable swimming speeds.  This is not rude. :)

Edit: As long as you're still swimming laps in the lap lane then you're good to go. :)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: YogaChick on April 07, 2009, 01:05:45 PM
Observe the family/adult locker room rules. 

Change feminine hygiene products in the bathroom stall.

......and don't LEAVE said feminine hygiene products in the SHOWER stall after you're finished with them.

Yes, this really happened the other day.  The front desk person was as disgusted as I was.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: mrs_deb on February 18, 2010, 01:15:32 PM
Please don't 'claim' a shower by turning it on, and then walk away and go to the bathroom, undress, brush your teeth and hair, gather your toiletries, etc., all while it's running and other people are waiting.

Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Nurvingiel on February 18, 2010, 07:50:11 PM
Please don't 'claim' a shower by turning it on, and then walk away and go to the bathroom, undress, brush your teeth and hair, gather your toiletries, etc., all while it's running and other people are waiting.
I don't see any claim. Jump in! How considerate of the other person to heat up the water for you. :)


;)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: C0mputerGeek on February 18, 2010, 08:08:43 PM
15.  Naked in the locker room time is also not the time to try to make new friends.  No one wants a friend who has seen them naked before they know their name! :-)

Heh! When I was recovering from my pulmonary embolism (short) swims were about all I could do. I hit the gym in the morning and got out of the shower right about as the women were filing in for the water aerobics class.

It sort of became my "duty" to let everyone about the temperature of the water. I struck up a firm friendship with many of them and was invited to their brunch even though  I rarely attended the water aerobics class.

They were quite free about chatting in various methods of undress. Over the years, it's become less of an issue with me too.

Yes, we all saw each other naked long before we knew each other's name.

To each their own.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JonGirl on February 18, 2010, 10:19:16 PM
Observe the family/adult locker room rules. 

Change feminine hygiene products in the bathroom stall.

......and don't LEAVE said feminine hygiene products in the SHOWER stall after you're finished with them.

Yes, this really happened the other day.  The front desk person was as disgusted as I was.



 :-X  :-X  :-X  :o  >:(
Who gets to clean that up?! And I hope they get danger money to do it.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on February 21, 2010, 04:38:10 PM
Do not change clothing in a toilet or shower stall.  There arenít enough of them, especially at peak hours. 

Do not use your cell phone in the locker room even if club rules allow it.  Most phones are able to take pictures and/or record movies and transfer those images to the internet. 

The Water Aerobics class schedule is posted in the locker room.  There are 25 people in the class.  We will not squeeze into 2 lanes so you can swim laps in our 3rd lane all by yourself. 

The sign at the entrance to the ladiesí locker room that says ďNo males over age 3 allowed in the Ladies Locker RoomĒ applies to your 6-year old son, too.  And no, directly in front of the water fountain on the route between the toilets and the showers is not ďout of the wayĒ.  Thereís an Assisted Changing locker room.  Use it.  This also applies to your 6-year old daughter in the menís locker room.
(Iím so glad my club stopped offering kidsí swimming lessons.)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Two Ravens on February 21, 2010, 05:12:16 PM
Do not change clothing in a toilet or shower stall.  There arenít enough of them, especially at peak hours. 


This cannot be said enough!!  My biggest pet peeve when it comes to the gym!
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: GoldenGemini on February 23, 2010, 11:36:43 PM
Do not change clothing in a toilet or shower stall.  There arenít enough of them, especially at peak hours. 


This cannot be said enough!!  My biggest pet peeve when it comes to the gym!

In my gym (which has only recently been built), they are exactly your options. Shower stall, toilet stall, or in front of everyone in the locker area. :o  I am nowhere near brave enough for that!
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Two Ravens on February 24, 2010, 04:08:23 PM
Do not change clothing in a toilet or shower stall.  There arenít enough of them, especially at peak hours. 


This cannot be said enough!!  My biggest pet peeve when it comes to the gym!

In my gym (which has only recently been built), they are exactly your options. Shower stall, toilet stall, or in front of everyone in the locker area. :o  I am nowhere near brave enough for that!

Why not?  I don't have the best body, but I can still manage to change in a open area.  No one is looking at you, really!

I think if you are not brave enough to change where everyone else does, the onus is on you to join a gym with changing rooms.  It is not up to you to decide that the status quo does not apply to you, and to make everyone else wait to use the toliet or shower.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on February 24, 2010, 10:06:29 PM

In my gym (which has only recently been built), they are exactly your options. Shower stall, toilet stall, or in front of everyone in the locker area. :o  I am nowhere near brave enough for that!

There are 5 toilet stalls, 6 showers, and 25 people getting ready for a water aerobic class that starts in 5 minutes.  Most of us need to pee before class.  It is not acceptable for 3 of those students to monopolize stalls for those 5 minutes while they change.

I put on my swimsuit at home and put street clothes over it before leaving for class.  After class I shower then wrap in a towel while dressing.  We all dress facing our lockers.  When looking at someone else the convention is to look at their face or their feet, nothing inbetween.  

If you can't do that then Two Ravens is right - you need to find a club with more private changing rooms.  
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on February 24, 2010, 10:24:12 PM
Several of the ladies at my club have a cover-up.  It looks like a beach towel with elastic on one long side.  It wraps around the body covering arm pits to knees.  It has 2 straps and a velcro closure.  I looked for it on Google Shopping, but could not find it.  It might be home made.

Anyway, its remarkable how much clothing they can put on under that thing without showing flesh.  Maybe you can find or make a similar cover-up. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Nurvingiel on February 25, 2010, 12:31:43 AM
Is that like those shawl things breastfeeding women sometimes wear?
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on February 25, 2010, 06:11:25 AM
More like a sarong with straps.

Everybody has wrapped a towel around themself at least once.  The cover-up I'm talking about is that wrap made gap-proof with velcro and fall-proof with straps.  Its loose enough you can pull on panties without opening it, and you can pull your arms in to put on your bra. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: mrs_deb on February 25, 2010, 09:01:47 AM
Several of the ladies at my club have a cover-up.  It looks like a beach towel with elastic on one long side.  It wraps around the body covering arm pits to knees.  It has 2 straps and a velcro closure.  I looked for it on Google Shopping, but could not find it.  It might be home made.

I have one of these:

(http://www.personalizationmall.com/cat_image/300/5707-5966.jpg)

They are so useful!
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on February 25, 2010, 05:02:19 PM
The garment I'm talking about is very similar to that.  But its looser so you can get dressed under it.  It has shoulder straps to keep it on and velcro on the edge to keep it closed.  Its a great alternative for someone who isn't comfortable changing clothes in the open. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: FolkRockFan on February 27, 2010, 06:35:36 AM
The garment I'm talking about is very similar to that.  But its looser so you can get dressed under it.  It has shoulder straps to keep it on and velcro on the edge to keep it closed.  Its a great alternative for someone who isn't comfortable changing clothes in the open. 

Are you talking about changing robes or changing towels, maybe? Google search shows a bunch of different options and Web sites where you can buy either one.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on February 27, 2010, 02:29:32 PM
I found it.  Its the one on the left in this picture.
http://www.thecompanystore.com/parent/Bath+Bath+Robes+Slippers/3604/RG97X_04/&cm_ven=NexTag&cm_cat=Bath-Bath_Robes+Slippers&cm_pla=TERRY_BATHROBE_01_LX&cm_ite=RA7101LCRA&code=macs=T9NXTG&srccode=cii_9324560&cpncode=25-32843163-2

But any of the garments FolkRockFan mentioned would work, too. 


EvilJoW climbed out of my exercise bag today.  I took 2 water classes this morning, with 15 minutes between class to pee and go get my ankle floats on for the next class.  There was a line at the toilets because people were changing their clothes in 2 of the 5 stalls.  I got a stall beside a changer, saw her bra on the floor just barely in my stall, and kicked it into the main aisle where neither one of us could reach it.  Yes, it was mean.  But it sure felt good. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Waltraud on February 27, 2010, 03:13:20 PM
JoW, you do realize that you are posting on an Etiquette forum? Bragging about "mean" behaviour is frowned upon around here. For obvious reasons.

Just a heads-up!

Waltraud
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Hushabye on February 28, 2010, 05:51:48 PM
EvilJoW climbed out of my exercise bag today.  I took 2 water classes this morning, with 15 minutes between class to pee and go get my ankle floats on for the next class.  There was a line at the toilets because people were changing their clothes in 2 of the 5 stalls.  I got a stall beside a changer, saw her bra on the floor just barely in my stall, and kicked it into the main aisle where neither one of us could reach it.  Yes, it was mean.  But it sure felt good. 

And that's a good example of what NOT to do in terms of gym etiquette on both your parts.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: RubySlippers on March 31, 2010, 07:29:35 AM
I joined our community run gym a couple of months ago and am appalled at some of the lack of consideration and general thoughtlessness I see.

Please wear at least a bathing suit bottom in the whirlpool.  Please. Pretty please.

Please do not go into the sauna, cover yourself in smelly liquid soap (while standing stark naken next to someone else), then traipse off to the shower (still starkers) leaving behind my shocked face and the smell of scented soap in a hot dry 8' x 8' room.  Gag! 

The showers are not your personal bathroom - please don't even BRING a razor to the gym. m'OK?
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Shea on June 01, 2010, 08:30:22 PM
Please do not wear excessively skimpy garments. By "excessively skimpy", I mean garments that leave virtually nothing to the imagination. One expects to see tight attire, tank tops and so forth at the gym, but there is a trend at my gym of gentlemen of a certain age wearing extremely, extremely short shorts. When these gentlemen sit or squat, well, let's just say you can tell what religion each gentleman subscribes to :P. This is nothing I need to see on any man of any age who is not my SO.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: ccpb1214 on June 20, 2010, 01:30:40 PM
Please do not wear excessively skimpy garments. By "excessively skimpy", I mean garments that leave virtually nothing to the imagination. One expects to see tight attire, tank tops and so forth at the gym, but there is a trend at my gym of gentlemen of a certain age wearing extremely, extremely short shorts. When these gentlemen sit or squat, well, let's just say you can tell what religion each gentleman subscribes to :P. This is nothing I need to see on any man of any age who is not my SO.

Ew! And there's no polite way to say something about that! (At least, I don't think there is).


Hehe, what would you say, anyway? "Um, please put the mouse back in the house."
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: lilfox on June 25, 2010, 06:56:04 PM
The pool: Don't swim fast in the slow lane, or slow in the fast lane.

Someone mentioned that it's not appropriate to dawdle in the lanes. They are for laps; lanes are usually set up with the majority of the pool open, so there's no need for that.  I think it's also important not to steamroll the people swimming slowly or hold up the people swimming quickly.  Usually there's a slow, medium and fast lane. It's good etiquette to choose the one for the speed you'll be swimming at.  Feel free to switch speeds and lanes if needed.
The gym I work for does not have speed lanes. There are dedicated lap swim lanes and the open area of the pool. I have no idea how I would gauge my speed, so if I want to swim (rare, I admit), I'll swim in the dedicated lap lanes no matter what. If it becomes too complicated to figure out where I should be, I just won't do it at all.
Well, if there are no designated speed lanes then people just have to do their best and share.  That's different than deliberately ignoring a speed sign.

You should feel free to swim in undesignated lanes at your comfortable swimming speeds.  This is not rude. :)

Edit: As long as you're still swimming laps in the lap lane then you're good to go. :)

Yesterday I had this option at the gym's 3 lane pool (no lap-speed rules and no open areas, just the 3 lanes):
Lane 1.  Two women, one giving the other one a "water familiarity" lesson (e.g. putting your face underwater, using a kickboard), occupying only the first 5 feet of the lane.  Not laps, but definitely swim-oriented and not a social chat.

Lane 2.  Woman slowly swimming laps/walking (she would switch to walking halfway through each length).

Lane 3.  Woman slowly swimming laps, primarily sidestroke with snorkeling fins on (the big ones, not the smaller training fins)

I swim laps at a moderate speed.  I chose Lane 2 because I didn't want to have to stop short every other length and obviously didn't want to run in to the standing people especially if one is not comfortable in the water, and I also didn't want to dodge the long fins in Lane 3.  I felt that, ideally, the woman in Lane 2 should have moved to Lane 1 to use the 90% of the lane that was free since she was walking the second half of her lengths and thus wouldn't need the last 5 ft.  But, Lane 2 was hers first so I would never ask (and she didn't move until the 2 people left - she moved right before I was going to).  I did feel bad for swooping by her every time, but that's my workout and I stayed on my half and didn't splash.

BTW, is there an etiquette rule on whether you should ask to share a lane?  I think you shouldn't surprise someone by joining their lane when you know they can't see you (when they're swimming away from you).  But I also don't think it should be required to ask to join the lane if, say, the person is at the far end taking a break, sees you approach the lane, and knows to expect you.  If the lapswimmer and the newcomer are at the same end, then I think it's just polite to mention/ask because the newcomer will basically be entering the pool very close to the lapswimmer's personal space.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: VorFemme on June 26, 2010, 09:16:35 PM
Gym clothes should not resemble the painted on swimsuit (I saw a photo in an issue of Sports Illustrated some years after I read about a similar "outfit" in Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil) - tight does not begin to describe "paint".

Gym clothes should cover more than a string bikini and some support for ANY part of your body (male or female) that needs to stay in place to avoid damage to you.  Distracting those around you is also a bad idea - because they can get hurt and, if someone drops something, so could you. 

Use the dressing area for dressing, the toilet area for that function, the shower area for showering, the whirlpool & sauna should NOT be clothing optional unless your gym agrees to that, and strongly smelling anything (lotion, soap, shower gel, etc.) is not a good idea.  This includes the strongly smelling cream that is supposed to relax your muscles.

Speaking of strong smells - your gym clothes should be laundered on a regular basis.  Depending on your exercise program, your age, how much you sweat, and your schedule......well, twice a day would be nice for the really sweaty - but interrupting the workout to launder clothes is asking too much.  Daily would be great.  Twice a week is good.  Once a week is the least you can do.  Please don't go more than a week.......

Don't stay within an arm's reach of anyone unless you are their trainer, spotting them with the weights, or they have a medical condition that they NEED your help with.  Not everyone is looking in a mirror to see if anyone is coming up behind them while they go through their routine - even if they are in front of a mirror......not everyone is really LOOKING in the mirror to monitor where other people are, they are more likely to be monitoring that they are doing the exercise properly.

No comments about other people's appearance - unless you KNOW them, know what they are aiming for (loss, gain, toning, or sitting in the sauna because that's what their doctor told them to do.  Absolutely no derogatory comments about how someone looks - this is definitely a "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" situation.  Since you might not be correct about what is nice - say something vague if you have to get a conversation going.  "How are you enjoying the yoga (jazzercise, water aerobics, etc) program?" is about as personal as the conversation should get.

If someone is breaking the safety rules or really acting odd - contact an employee. 



Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: kitty_ev on June 27, 2010, 11:46:52 AM

The showers are not your personal bathroom - please don't even BRING a razor to the gym. m'OK?


Actually, this was fine at the gym I used to go to. They even provided a yellow medical sharps bin for safe disposal of razor blades. Even in the ladies' changing room.

If you want to gossip with friends while in the gym, that's fine, but please don't block the machines while doing so. In my old gym there was a group of young men who would regularly spend 30 mins at a time sitting on but not using lots of the upper body machines and would give you a dirty look if you asked them if you could use the machine. Seriously guys, there's a cafe downstairs.

Please don't remain naked just for the sake of it. I'm not a prude and I understand entirely that nudity is expected in the changing room. I don't mind that. It's the excessive nudity that I mind. There was one lady at my old gym who you really couldn't miss. I only ever saw her in clothes when she was working out. She'd shower, presumable dry off, then wander around the changing room, dry her hair, do her makeup etc completely naked. I don't normally notice nudity in the changing room, but she was really impossible to miss- most people stay naked for a relatively short time before covering up. She would wander round and inspect her physique in the mirror. It was strange.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: iradney on June 27, 2010, 12:36:20 PM
Gym clothes should not resemble the painted on swimsuit (I saw a photo in an issue of Sports Illustrated some years after I read about a similar "outfit" in Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil) - tight does not begin to describe "paint".



Oh my goodness, there is a gentleman at my gym who regularly wears lycra shorts, with short t-shirts. Suffice to say, I know more about him than I am comfortable with  :-[

Sauna:
Please do not throw aromatherapy oils on the coals!!! They are flammable, and some people are highly allergic (and not everyone might love sweating in clouds of rosemary and coming out smelling like a roast).
Please, if you have to stretch in front of me in the sauna, please wear a bathing costume (our sauna is clothing optional (same sex only!), but you have to have a towel to sit/lie on) or something a little less brief than a thong
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: mrs_deb on July 09, 2010, 03:00:34 PM
Number Umpteen:  Please, PLEASE do not drench yourself in strong smelling artificial scents before working out.  When you get on a treadmill three down from me and I can still smell you, it makes it difficult to breathe while running.

I don't care if it's cologne, perfume, aftershave, body spray, or deo.  Please don't do it.  You're expected to smell sweaty in a gym.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on July 11, 2010, 09:54:06 PM
My club also supplies razors and shaving cream in the ladies locker room.  Obviously they donít object to us shaving in the shower.  The key is in the timing.  If you are going to take extra time in the shower - shave or wash your hair -  wait until all the folks on a tight schedule are finished.   The time to shave is when at least a couple of the showers are empty and there isnít a class about to start or end. 

I can think of one occasion when remarking about someone elseís workout wear is acceptable.  Chlorinated pool water is very hard on spandex or nylon swimsuits.  The first sign of wear is when the center back seam goes translucent when wet.  Thatís something the wearer may not notice right away.  So a quiet comment in the locker room ďIts probably time to think about getting a new swimsuitĒ could save someone significant embarrassment.   Ladies have thanked me when Iíve said it, and Iíve thanked others for saying it to me. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: wrenskibaby on August 23, 2010, 07:01:52 PM
I work as a cleaning lady at a gym.

1. Please don't leave hair in the sink.  I can't clean or check the bathroom after every shower.  And if you squash a bug, pick it up with some tissue and throw it away, don't leave it on the floor or wall, please.

2.  If you have dry or flaky skin, could you please wipe off the places on the equipment where it landed?  Again, I can't check every treadmill after each person gets off and sometimes it looks like artificial snow has been sprinkled. 

3.  If you use that loose mineral makeup, wipe off the sink after you apply it while using the sink mirror.  It lands everywhere.

4.  Thank you for acknowledging me and telling me I do a good job.  My wages are low and your kind comments keep me going.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: BluePaint on August 30, 2010, 01:28:09 PM
I feel like a lot of this is great general gym etiquette, but some of it changes depending on the kind of gym you frequent.  I lift weights in a Gold's Gym that is very bodybuilder and strength athlete-friendly, but also very accessible to the average soccer mom crowd, so often times the clash of the two cultures can cause some etiquette misunderstandings.

Be aware of the culture of the gym you're at before you join.  Look to see if they have a childcare center, a pool, and lots of group exercise classes, or if they have lots of chalk, olympic lifting platforms, and posters for bodybuilding competitions.  You don't need to do the same thing as everyone else, but if you're angry that some lady at your Planet Fitness is using the incline bench to do a million situps, or that some really muscley guy in your gym with Arnold painted on the wall just grunted and dropped some weights really loudly, it might not be that they're being rude.  It might be that you're in the wrong place for the kind of gym experience you're looking for.

There are two magic sentences:  "How many sets do you have left?" and "Can I work in?"  If someone is using a piece of equipment that you would like to use, the only truly polite option is to ask to take turns with them.  Don't sneak a peak at him surreptitiously through the mirrors hoping to catch the thing as soon as he's done so you don't have to talk to him.  Don't walk by every minute to see if he's done and hope he gets the hint.  Don't stand behind him and glare.  And don't run over and start unloading the plates the second he gets up for a drink of water.  Just ask.

In the gym, I feel like it's better to assume that people are doing things the way they're doing them for a good reason, not just because they're a rudey McRuderson who doesn't care about anyone.  Especially if they're really fit.  And unless it's specifically against gym policy, you should probably allow them to use the membership that they paid for without judging them on the specifics.  For example, earlier in the thread someone said that you shouldn't bring a gym bag to the gym floor.  There are plenty of situations where a serious lifter would need something from her gym bag while she's working out.  A towel to dry your sweaty hands between sets, a protein shake or some BCAAs to drink during your workout, a weight belt for deadlifts and weighted pullups/dips, wrist wraps, knee wraps, straps, extra collars, microweights, tons of stuff.  You need the bag.  You shouldn't put it in the path of walking, or anywhere that would make it look like you're "claiming" a machine that you're not using.  But there's nothing wrong with having a gym bag with you on the gym floor.

I mean it all goes back to the first thing about making sure that you're at a gym that has the kind of atmosphere you're looking for.  You shouldn't do deadlifts in a Planet Fitness, and you shouldn't drag your yoga ball into the squat rack of a Gold's.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: BuffaloFang on August 30, 2010, 01:56:16 PM
BTW, is there an etiquette rule on whether you should ask to share a lane?  I think you shouldn't surprise someone by joining their lane when you know they can't see you (when they're swimming away from you).  But I also don't think it should be required to ask to join the lane if, say, the person is at the far end taking a break, sees you approach the lane, and knows to expect you.  If the lapswimmer and the newcomer are at the same end, then I think it's just polite to mention/ask because the newcomer will basically be entering the pool very close to the lapswimmer's personal space.

I think generally it's a good idea to wait until they get to your side of the pool first, if only so you can clarify whether you're going to switch to circle swimming or split the lane (at least my pool employs both).  As a resident swimmer, I've switched the circle swimming and almost collided with someone wanting to split the lane without informing me, and when I've switched to splitting the lane, I've almost collided with someone swimming circle without informing me.  There's too much room for error.

Modified to add: You also don't know if the resident swimmer might have some vision impairment where they can't see someone at the far end of the pool.  So while you may think they see you, they might not.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Marietta on August 30, 2010, 05:06:02 PM
No one else in the gym's physical appearance is your business.

Make sure your shoes are clean before you come in.

If the gym has TVs, don't change the channels without checking to see if other people are watching the program that's on.

Courtesy of the Recent Screwups of Marietta the Dork: people sometimes leave flutterboards on the deck at the end of the lane to use later. Don't just assume they're communal and grab them yourself.  :-[
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: lilfox on August 31, 2010, 01:16:20 PM


Heh.  I actually went swimming yesterday for the first time in weeks.  Each lane was taken so I waited for the guy in the first lane to get down to my end (he had been resting at the far end and I assume that he saw me standing at that lane preparing to get in).  When he got to the near side, I started to ask "Can I share with you" and he kept his head under and did a quick turnaround so never heard me.  So, I got in and split the lane - I watched out for him but he took another break on the far end so saw me coming.  I was faster than him but he appeared to time his breaks so I could pass him at the wall instead of overtaking, which I thought was very polite of him.

I wish this gym marked their lanes fast to slow, though.  After the first guy left, another guy showed up and asked to share the lane.  He got in and did a very slow 'jellyfish' backstroke (like breaststroke on your back).  This did not jibe with my crawl, but I was almost done anyway.  Of the two other lanes, one had two guys of markedly different speeds and one had two women who were alternating their type of water exercise (walking one length, very slow swimming back, etc).  It would have been a real mess had 3 people wanted to share any of the lanes.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Nurvingiel on August 31, 2010, 01:47:34 PM
Modified to add: You also don't know if the resident swimmer might have some vision impairment where they can't see someone at the far end of the pool.  So while you may think they see you, they might not.
I can't see diddly squat when I'm swimming. I have normal goggles, not prescription, and I normally wear glasses. I won't collide with you when swimming, but if you're standing 25m away you just might blend in to the wall.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: kitty_ev on September 05, 2010, 07:12:00 PM
BTW, is there an etiquette rule on whether you should ask to share a lane?  I think you shouldn't surprise someone by joining their lane when you know they can't see you (when they're swimming away from you).  But I also don't think it should be required to ask to join the lane if, say, the person is at the far end taking a break, sees you approach the lane, and knows to expect you.  If the lapswimmer and the newcomer are at the same end, then I think it's just polite to mention/ask because the newcomer will basically be entering the pool very close to the lapswimmer's personal space.

I think generally it's a good idea to wait until they get to your side of the pool first, if only so you can clarify whether you're going to switch to circle swimming or split the lane (at least my pool employs both).  As a resident swimmer, I've switched the circle swimming and almost collided with someone wanting to split the lane without informing me, and when I've switched to splitting the lane, I've almost collided with someone swimming circle without informing me.  There's too much room for error.

Modified to add: You also don't know if the resident swimmer might have some vision impairment where they can't see someone at the far end of the pool.  So while you may think they see you, they might not.

I've been swimming for years and have never once been asked by anyone if it's okay for them to join the lane I'm in. Nor have I asked if I can join the lane they're swimming in. It would never even occur to me. Generally speaking the pools I visit have 2-4 lanes and it'd just be ridiculous for anyone to expect to have a lane all to themselves. It's a bonus if it happens, but it's not expected. I think most swimmers are aware that people may join the lane they're in at any time and that it's polite to be aware of other swimmers around you so there are no collisions. I've also never visited a pool where lane-splitting is allowed- I've only ever been in pools where swimmers circle the lane- that way more people can join without any fuss.

On the subject of picking swim lanes- please look to see if any lanes are designated 'fast' lanes for those doing front crawl or butterfly. Don't join these lanes if you've got no intention of swimming fast- it irritates people who are when you block the lane.

When you join a lane, take a quick look to gauge how fast the swimmers in it are going. If someone's a faster swimmer than you, don't wait until they've nearly reached your end of the pool before pushing off from the side. They will then get stuck behind you if it's busy and there is no opportunity to overtake.

I also think it's polite, particularly when it's busy, to pause every few lengths or so and check whether or not there's a swimmer who's been trying to overtake. It can be rather aggravating for the other swimmer if it's too busy to overtake and they're stuck behind you. If you are the faster swimmer, do your best not to tail other swimmers- it's not polite.

In general, it's polite to be aware of the other swimmers around you. Swim at a speed that is comfortable for you, but be aware that others in the pool are faster/slower than you and take their needs into consideration as well.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: kareng57 on September 05, 2010, 08:10:48 PM

The showers are not your personal bathroom - please don't even BRING a razor to the gym. m'OK?


Actually, this was fine at the gym I used to go to. They even provided a yellow medical sharps bin for safe disposal of razor blades. Even in the ladies' changing room.

If you want to gossip with friends while in the gym, that's fine, but please don't block the machines while doing so. In my old gym there was a group of young men who would regularly spend 30 mins at a time sitting on but not using lots of the upper body machines and would give you a dirty look if you asked them if you could use the machine. Seriously guys, there's a cafe downstairs.

Please don't remain naked just for the sake of it. I'm not a prude and I understand entirely that nudity is expected in the changing room. I don't mind that. It's the excessive nudity that I mind. There was one lady at my old gym who you really couldn't miss. I only ever saw her in clothes when she was working out. She'd shower, presumable dry off, then wander around the changing room, dry her hair, do her makeup etc completely naked. I don't normally notice nudity in the changing room, but she was really impossible to miss- most people stay naked for a relatively short time before covering up. She would wander round and inspect her physique in the mirror. It was strange.


Late - I only just saw this thread.

What's wrong with using a razor?  I generally shave in the shower, and if I'm showering at the gym that's what I'm going to do.  I'll either use a disposable razor and throw it away (in the proper bin) after using - or I'll use a reusable one that I'll pack back in my bag.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: BuffaloFang on September 06, 2010, 09:12:05 AM
I've been swimming for years and have never once been asked by anyone if it's okay for them to join the lane I'm in. Nor have I asked if I can join the lane they're swimming in. It would never even occur to me. Generally speaking the pools I visit have 2-4 lanes and it'd just be ridiculous for anyone to expect to have a lane all to themselves. It's a bonus if it happens, but it's not expected. I think most swimmers are aware that people may join the lane they're in at any time and that it's polite to be aware of other swimmers around you so there are no collisions. I've also never visited a pool where lane-splitting is allowed- I've only ever been in pools where swimmers circle the lane- that way more people can join without any fuss.

On the subject of picking swim lanes- please look to see if any lanes are designated 'fast' lanes for those doing front crawl or butterfly. Don't join these lanes if you've got no intention of swimming fast- it irritates people who are when you block the lane.

When you join a lane, take a quick look to gauge how fast the swimmers in it are going. If someone's a faster swimmer than you, don't wait until they've nearly reached your end of the pool before pushing off from the side. They will then get stuck behind you if it's busy and there is no opportunity to overtake.

I also think it's polite, particularly when it's busy, to pause every few lengths or so and check whether or not there's a swimmer who's been trying to overtake. It can be rather aggravating for the other swimmer if it's too busy to overtake and they're stuck behind you. If you are the faster swimmer, do your best not to tail other swimmers- it's not polite.

In general, it's polite to be aware of the other swimmers around you. Swim at a speed that is comfortable for you, but be aware that others in the pool are faster/slower than you and take their needs into consideration as well.

I think this is definitely a "know your pool" thing, and observe the lanes before jumping in (for speed, how people are swimming, etc.).  Like I said, my pool employs both. I've been swimming for years as well, and it's not uncommon for you to get a lane to yourself or only have two people per lane in my pool.  You don't necessarily have to talk to the person in the lane, but at least wave a kickboard in the water so they know you're getting in.  Obviously, if there are already 3 people in the lane, nobody needs to adjust their swimming style, and you could probably work your way into the circle without any problems.  But if there are two people splitting the lane, or just one person swimming in the lane, it'd be foolhardy and dangerous to assume that they see you and will automatically switch to circle. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: kherbert05 on September 06, 2010, 10:49:38 AM
If you spray that disinfectant stuff on the gym equipment - WIPE IT DOWN. I've suffered two chemical type burns this month from that stuff.

Just because you are an official gym trainer you don't get to block equipment. I asked if she was using the equipment, and was informed she was using to sit on couldn't I see she was pregnant. She also has conversations were I can hear her across the gym, over the music they have playing, and through my earbuds.   

If the gym is going to have a rule that the lockers are for day use only they should enforce the rules. Instead there are about 20 lockers that have the same locks everyday, no matter what time of day I'm there.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Mopsy428 on September 06, 2010, 11:41:13 AM
Speaking of music, staff at the gym--please keep the music at a reasonable volume. I should not feel like I need to be walking around with my hands over my ears. Furthermore, if I can't hear my own iPod, your music is too loud.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: DangerMouth on September 06, 2010, 11:49:15 AM
If you ask how long I'm using the treadmill, and I tell you 15 minutes, do not say "I've got it after you" and walk away. Because when I am done, I will also walk and not tell the guy who is getting on "No, that woman, where'd she go, she 'called' the machine next". IOW, it's your job to be there if you want it, not my job to 'save' it for you.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Shea on September 06, 2010, 06:15:12 PM
Speaking of music, staff at the gym--please keep the music at a reasonable volume. I should not feel like I need to be walking around with my hands over my ears. Furthermore, if I can't hear my own iPod, your music is too loud.

Also, if I can hear the music bleeding from your iPod over my own music on my own iPod, you need to turn down your music. Both for other peoples' sanity and for your own hearing :P.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: GoldenGemini on September 06, 2010, 09:05:27 PM
Speaking of music, staff at the gym--please keep the music at a reasonable volume. I should not feel like I need to be walking around with my hands over my ears. Furthermore, if I can't hear my own iPod, your music is too loud.

Also, if I can hear the music bleeding from your iPod over my own music on my own iPod, you need to turn down your music. Both for other peoples' sanity and for your own hearing :P.
Yeah, I really need to watch this.  I'm sure I've probably annoyed people at my gym  :-[  I'm hearing impaired, so I turn my music WAY up, so I can actually hear it.  I do try to remember, but it doesn't always sink in.  Is there a polite way to remind me?  It wouldn't bother me if someone said "excuse me, I can hear your music over mine", but would people think it is rude?
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Shea on September 06, 2010, 09:26:51 PM
Speaking of music, staff at the gym--please keep the music at a reasonable volume. I should not feel like I need to be walking around with my hands over my ears. Furthermore, if I can't hear my own iPod, your music is too loud.

Also, if I can hear the music bleeding from your iPod over my own music on my own iPod, you need to turn down your music. Both for other peoples' sanity and for your own hearing :P.
Yeah, I really need to watch this.  I'm sure I've probably annoyed people at my gym  :-[  I'm hearing impaired, so I turn my music WAY up, so I can actually hear it.  I do try to remember, but it doesn't always sink in.  Is there a polite way to remind me?  It wouldn't bother me if someone said "excuse me, I can hear your music over mine", but would people think it is rude?

I don't think it's rude to say, "Excuse me, but I can hear your music pretty loudly and it's making it hard for me to hear my own music. Would you turn it down a bit? Thanks!"

Also, if you told me you were hearing impaired, I'd be much more inclined to be understanding.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on April 01, 2011, 04:02:38 PM
If you're doing "3 sets of 20", please actually *do* some of the reps, instead of doing three, then yammering on the phone you aren't supposed to be using, then doing a rep or two.

And I understand that the sets can be rough, but when there's a line, don't get most of the way out of the machine, sip some water, play with your towel, sip some more water, etc., then settle back in slowly for the next set.   

Do your reps and your sets.

Also, it occurs to me that the gym is one of the places where patrons are allowed to grimace without being called on it.  I have a rough idea of what expressions I make, and watching the guy opposite me as he strained on his reps reminded me of the "don't make that face" thread about the doctor's office.

Emma
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Nurvingiel on April 01, 2011, 08:44:14 PM
I agree Emma. It's okay if you can't finish each set, or if you go to a lower weight. It's not okay to rest on the machine. It is okay to rest near the machines, sit down and lean on the wall, somewhere out of the way where you can recharge.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Mopsy428 on April 02, 2011, 04:32:53 PM
Please watch where you are going, and try to avoid going in between the machines if possible. And if you do run into a machine or a person's arm as she's doing reps, using a machine, don't blame that person and demand an apology.

Why, yes, this happened to me TWICE at the gym in one single day.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: mrs_deb on April 25, 2011, 12:43:30 PM
If you must bring your kids to the gym during school vacation week, please supervise them.  Just letting them free-range in the gym while you are doing your workout is not supervising them.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Brentwood on April 26, 2011, 10:59:35 AM
If you must bring your kids to the gym during school vacation week, please supervise them.  Just letting them free-range in the gym while you are doing your workout is not supervising them.


At the gym I work for, this would be absolutely forbidden, not as a matter of etiquette but as a matter of policy (and liability). No children under the membership age are allowed to be on the workout floor at all. Kids over the membership age but under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

I manage the gym daycare. That's where children under the membership age belong.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: GirlyJock on May 22, 2011, 08:56:56 PM
If you see someone using a "cool" fitness thing/object, and no others around, don't assume that it's the gym's. Don't try to grab it when the user takes a water break, don't ask if you could work in. The best thing to do is ask them where they got it. Just because I brought a kettlebell, medicine ball, or ab wheel with me doesn't mean that I want to share. You didn't sign any liability waivers to use my stuff and I don't know who you are, so don't get huffy if I don't want you using my stuff.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: snowdragon on May 27, 2011, 05:28:45 PM
Do NOT leave you child unattended in the gym area. Little ones are not safe running between bikes or under weight machines. Nor is it safe for those using said equipment.

 Also do not allow your teen aged son to make comments and/or stare at the women who are working out. And no, it does not matter that your child is special needs if he/she is making comments that make others nervous about their safety you need to correct them or take them out. Same with touching, hitting, kicking, spitting or other in appropriate behaviour. Yes, they have teh right to be there unmolested and if you are not interested in teaching your child appropriate behaviors, you need to make other arrangements. ( If your child does not act like this - it's not directed at you. but this is a major issue at my Y branch and is causing a lot of problems for the women there.)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: RUkidding? on June 03, 2011, 01:14:07 PM
Please don't interrupt somebody in the middle of a set for ANY reason.  Period.  Unless the building is on fire.....a really big fast moving fire.     

Please don't assume that if you have said "hello" to me and I have said "hello" back, that I want to have a chat during my workout.     

It's a pretty good assumption that people working out while wearing earbuds really don't want to chat.  Clue #2 is when you start talking to them and they look irritated and/or sigh when pulling out said earbud.  Get thee away from me!!!     

If a female asks you to spot her in the free weight area; assume that is really all she wants from you - just like any male weightlifter.

PUH LEASE  Keep PDA out of the workout areas!!!!  Not the time, not the place, makes everybody want to puke.  :-X

This was said before and worth repeating again and again and....... please don't do curls in front of the weight rack.  If you insist on doing it and you are in my way; expect a hip check.   >:D  ok, I'm kidding but a girl can dream.

Talking on the cell phone while on a weight machine is......just no.  If the call is that important, head to the locker room, a corner or the lobby.   

If you are a trainer, we all know because at most gyms you wear a shirt that says, ironically enough, "Trainer".  We know where to find you if we want your services.  No, really.   

Please don't comment on my ridiculous lifting gloves with the pink trim; they are the only ones I could find that fit my little hands and I hate them.   :P
 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on June 03, 2011, 01:23:40 PM
Please don't interrupt somebody in the middle of a set for ANY reason.  Period.  Unless the building is on fire.....a really big fast moving fire.     


So am I supposed to use psychic powers to know how many reps you have in a set or if you are going to work through or switch off on machines? 



I've always understood it was okay to ask "how many sets left?" so I can determine if I want to wait to use a machine or find a different machine.  Also knowing if you are going to work abductor 1 set, the adductor 1 set lets me know I shouldn't plan on uninterrupted use for my 3 sets. 

Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: RUkidding? on June 03, 2011, 03:34:12 PM
If somebody is in the middle of lifting or pulling they are counting and concentrating.  For their safety and concentration that is not a good time to ask a question.  When they stop the movement to rest or change weights that is the best time to ask something.  I almost dropped a bar one day doing a bench press because some guy startled me when he started talking to me as I was in the middle of the press.  Not cool when balancing 100 lbs with my chicken arms. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Brentwood on June 03, 2011, 11:53:13 PM


This was said before and worth repeating again and again and....... please don't do curls in front of the weight rack.  If you insist on doing it and you are in my way; expect a hip check.   >:D  ok, I'm kidding but a girl can dream.

I agree, but I certainly wish some gyms didn't put the weight rack directly in front of the mirror. Most people want to be able to see themselves while lifting, so they can ensure they're using correct form.


If you are a trainer, we all know because at most gyms you wear a shirt that says, ironically enough, "Trainer".  We know where to find you if we want your services.  No, really.   

Again, I'm inclined to agree, but some gyms do require their trainers to speak to members/offer their services.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Nurvingiel on June 04, 2011, 08:39:48 PM
This was said before and worth repeating again and again and....... please don't do curls in front of the weight rack.  If you insist on doing it and you are in my way; expect a hip check.   >:D  ok, I'm kidding but a girl can dream.

I agree, but I certainly wish some gyms didn't put the weight rack directly in front of the mirror. Most people want to be able to see themselves while lifting, so they can ensure they're using correct form.
I always use the mirrors with free weights, for this reason. At our gym the rack of weights is directly in front of the mirror. What people do is they stand a couple metres back from the mirror to do sets. This lets people get their weights and find their own spot to stand, or a bench. I think this is the best way to do it.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: RUkidding? on June 04, 2011, 09:14:04 PM
That works.  :)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: snowfire on July 27, 2011, 06:28:07 PM
If people are in the hot tub, please ask before turning on the air jets.  Some people do not like the air jets at all. If you are sitting right in front of one when it is turned on it can actually be painful from the force of the jetted water.  The people who just walk by and turn on the jets when they don't even get in the hot tub are my biggest gripe. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: gadget--gal on October 20, 2011, 03:34:51 AM
Please don't interrupt somebody in the middle of a set for ANY reason.  Period.  Unless the building is on fire.....a really big fast moving fire.     


So am I supposed to use psychic powers to know how many reps you have in a set or if you are going to work through or switch off on machines? 



I've always understood it was okay to ask "how many sets left?" so I can determine if I want to wait to use a machine or find a different machine.  Also knowing if you are going to work abductor 1 set, the adductor 1 set lets me know I shouldn't plan on uninterrupted use for my 3 sets.

you wait for the person to finish the set , THEN ask how many reps or sets they have left :)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: kherbert05 on October 31, 2011, 05:13:06 AM
Kids with the proper tag around their neck have just as much right to be in the work out area as you. When you gripe at me that they shouldn't be allowed in if it is busy - I'll tell you they are members and get to use the equipment.


When you deliberately
1. run to cut of the mom and daughter heading to the last 2 side by side treadmills that are free - pushing the girl out of the way.
2. Call over an employee to complain the mom isn't supervising the girl because they are separated by you in between them


I will tell the employee exactly what I witnessed and do the happy dance inside my head when you are asked to leave for putting your hands on the girl.


When 2 teen aged boys are being absolute gentlemen as they work out  following all the rules and you cuss them out for taking up a machine you want, I will complain about your foul language to the employee. If he doesn't kick you out, I'll ask if we need to get the manager. (Cursing is forbidden at the gym)
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: Spoder on October 31, 2011, 05:28:38 AM
Remove your band-aids, empty shampoo bottles. used wax strips, disposable razors, plastic bags and panty liners from the shower cubicle when you're done, and bin them.

You would think this was a no-brainer. Sadly, you'd be wrong. I am so tired of dodging some entitled person's garbage while I shower.

 >:(
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on January 24, 2015, 01:56:20 PM
Yes, I know this thread has been untouched for 3.5 years.  But this is important to the topic.  Please see posts 43-50 where we were discussing changing clothing in the toilet stalls. 

My club has a new sign on the door to the handicapped toilet stall in the ladiesí locker room.  Itís the handicapped logo (person in a wheelchair) and below that ďDo not use for changingĒ. 

My club is associated with a hospital.  There are quite a few handicapped members, many of them doing water aerobics or water walking for therapy. Apparently there have been so many people using that stall to change clothing the handicapped people are having a hard time getting it.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: VorFemme on January 27, 2015, 05:40:41 PM
There is a sign by the door of the dressing area that states quite clearly that there is no shaving in the whirlpool tub.  There is another sign by the whirlpool tub with a stylized razor and the barred circle over it. 

I cannot figure out who thinks that it is a good idea to shave their legs in a bubbling jaccuzzi...but I've also seen sweaty guys jump in after a round of hand ball in the courts - without showering and stripping off only their shoes, socks, and sweaty shirt.  Completely ignoring the sign in the dressing area (only way to get to the pool area is through the dressing area) stating that you have to shower before getting in the pool or tub and ignoring the second shower area by the side of the pool.  I left the whirlpool tub very quickly at that point. 
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: TaterTot on January 29, 2015, 10:29:24 PM
If the gym provides hand-held dryers for drying your hair after showering, do not use this to dry your private parts. :o
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: crazycatlady331 on August 23, 2016, 09:43:53 AM
I know this is an old thread.

I'm 100% guilty of changing in a bathroom stall.  I'm not comfortable changing in the open period (years of body shaming by my mother and being taught my body is something to be hidden and ashamed of).  My gym offers two dressing rooms (similar to a store) for changing.  If there's a line, I do go to a bathroom stall.  Even at peak times, I've never seen the stalls all filled (10 stalls). 

Other issues.

The triceps machine is not the selfie machine.  It is the only such machine in the gym and it is not polite to delay someone's workout because you want to post a selfie to social media.  Sure, take a quick one, but don't post from the machine.  If you must post from a machine, use one that is not the only such machine available.

If someone is wearing headphones, do not try and make conversation with them. 

After you wipe down the machines, please use the garbage cans available to properly dispose of your paper towel.  Don't leave it in the cup holder for someone else to deal with.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: vintagegal on August 23, 2016, 02:47:41 PM
I have never belonged to a real gym, but several places I have lived have pools and exercise rooms.


If the gym has signs "No children under 10" please do not let your 7 and 5 year old "play" on the equipment because Mommy needs to get her workout in. Besides, it is very BORING for the kids.

If the pool requests swim diapers for diaper age kids, yes that means YOU . And under no circumstances is it proper to completely remove the kid's diaper and let them go commando in the pool . (seen twice). I generally leave the pool completely when diaper age kids come in. Gotten sick too many times.

If people are swimming laps before the 7:30 water aerobics class, please do not arrive at 7:15 and get in the way of the lap swimmers, who have to leave the pool promptly when the class starts.
Title: Re: Gym Etiquette
Post by: JoW on August 23, 2016, 08:44:32 PM
I know this is an old thread.

I'm 100% guilty of changing in a bathroom stall.  I'm not comfortable changing in the open period (years of body shaming by my mother and being taught my body is something to be hidden and ashamed of).  My gym offers two dressing rooms (similar to a store) for changing.  If there's a line, I do go to a bathroom stall.  Even at peak times, I've never seen the stalls all filled (10 stalls). 
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That's a big difference.  The water aerobics classes at my club usually have 20-30 people, all but 3 women.  In the ladies' locker room there are 8 showers, 5 toilet stalls, and 1 private dressing room.  Anyone getting dressed in a toilet stall or shower right after a water aerobics class ends will delay the line.  When there are empty stalls and no line I have no objections to someone changing in there. 

I recently had to dress in a shower stall at my club.  It was about 20 minutes after the end of my water aerobics class, several hours before the start of the next one.  Only 2 shower stalls were in use.  And there was a maintenance man repairing a smoke detector near the showers.  There was no line.  I didn't delay anyone, and that makes it acceptable.