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Friday, February 22. 2019
There are many unspoken rules in gyms. One is that you do not look at other people whether in the locker rooms or in the gym. Except furtively. Minimize eye contact mostly.
Another is that you do not talk to people you don't know. The exceptions are with people you see all the time in a class or using the weights, etc. Over the years, I have several friendly acquaintances from the gym, and one new pal.
Another is that you should not hog equipment or space. Do some pushups or leg press and let another person use the pullup machine for five minutes. Politeness and consideration.
What is on your list of unspoken gym rules?
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"Comment? Who would dare comment, or go to any gym and relax?
You never comment on how little weight someone is lifting or how out of shape they appear. The mere fact that they are in the gym and trying to improve is the only thing that is important.
Wipe off the equipment after you are finished - especially if you are like me and sweat a lot
Do not sit on a machine if you are not actually using it.
Don't just shoot the breeze with your friends in the weight room. Take your discussions outside. People are there to work out, not to listen to a little social club about the latest gossip.
Put your weights back. In the right place.
Do not do your warmups/stretches in the middle of a walkway or too close to a machine that someone might want to use.
Don't talk or text on your cellphone. Cellphones don't belong in the gym.
Don't leave your locker door hanging open so that it makes it hard for people to get through.
And I don't like people grunting or making noises or making a show of dropping or banging the weights. Shows you have no class. If a gym is serious, it (or the regulars) will warn you and then throw you out if you continue such behavior.
Don't be a douchebag.
Don't give unsolicited advice.
Put. Your. Weights. Back.
I'd like a rule that females not wear overly-revealing workout clothing. Distracting.
IMHO as a man, if a woman looks good in her clothing choices regardless of if they are revealing, I say good for her. I will notice, be happy for her good luck and effort to achieve that and do my best not to stare or act a fool. Enjoy your youth. Enjoy your good looks, Don't let it go to your head but enjoy life and be happy.
I do my best not to get caught staring and acting the fool. That's enough. Women wear that stuff so you will stare at them, discreetly of course
I was around when we still had sex-segregated gyms. One side for the men and another side for women with smaller lighter machines, with a big wall in between. I don't know when or who ended that. 24 Hour Fitness?
1. Don't do arm curls in the squat rack, especially when people want to use it to squat.
2. Don't sit on a piece of equipment if you aren't using it. It's not a chair.
3. Don't text or e mail while working out, especially if you are sitting on a piece of equipment someone is waiting to use.
4. Don't ask to work in on the bench if I am lifting in the 300's and you are benching with just the bar and a 10 or 25 ib plate on each side. Use the other bench or wait.
5. No I don't want your advice, if I did I would ask.
6. Van Halen is not the oldies! That's what we listened to when I was in college. Wait a minute that was 30 years ago...maybe it is the oldies now...shut up and lift kid.
1. Don't ever, ever, for any reason, enter a gym.
2. If someone suggests you join or go to a gym, hit them with the flat side of a shovel.
Don’t fall asleep while using one of the machines. Yes, I’ve seen this.
My favorite now is the guy who is reading a book while sitting on the machines. He does one round of repetitions and then reads his book for 15 minutes.
Yes, where I work out now is pathetic.
Good! More room for us serious lifters,e.g. those who want to maintain their functional strength, mental acuity, graceful aging and general good health!
Those of you who wish to employ a walker by age 65 , STAY HOME and glome on to those reality TV shows !
A woman I used to work with called the machine in the picture the "Yes/No machine."
Don't be a slob in the locker room. Pick up after yourself for heaven's sake!
Cell phones don't belong in a gym? TVs at every corner, level, banks of TVs with every channel known to man? I hate them.
1. Moms, keep your 10 year old sons out of the women's changing room.
2. Don't talk to or argue with the people on tv. Related--don't talk on your cell phone while on the treadmill/elliptical/stationary bike.
3. Wipe off every piece of equipment your sweaty body has touched.
1. Figure out when there aren't many people in the gym.
2. Go at that time.
3. Do whatever the hell you want.
Who knew that working out in the friggin' gym was so complicated?
What Fred said, plus:
Put your stinking weights away. If you can pick them up, you can put them away. ALL OF THEM. Remove those wheels from the leg press, as someone else may not be able to. (I know this as I am still recovering from lymphoma and have limited strength at this time.)
Before the Big C, I lifted heavy and was a regular in the weight room. Whenever some new woman would come in, I always made eye contact and smiled, as it can be pretty intimidating to look at all that iron and not know where to start. Another woman being friendly can break the ice and maybe spark a new lifter.
Act friendly, not intimidating. Never intimidating.
(Female lifter for.... let's see... 1950+18-2019. yeah. 51 years. Every man I know that lifts, outlifts me by a big margin. So much for 'women are equal to men'. BS.)