Another take on etiquette at the gym

According to this article on manners and common cense practice for fitness centers, “there are stated and unstated rules of etiquette and advice that, when followed, make the gym-going experience that much more enjoyable for you and your fellow gym members.”

The article points out that poor hygiene, blatant rudeness, and staring are examples of poor etiquette.  That is a fair assessment.  However, it cites improper form as bad etiquette.  One probably should not classify that as poor etiquette.  It also mentions “Slamming weights down and making excessive noise.”  This is a bit of a grey area.  Sometimes, people lifting really do need to grunt to get up heavy weights, and not focus on keeping quiet.  At the same time, again with heavier weights, it is safer for the lifter to drop the weights on a floor with big bang than carefully try to maneuver them down quietly.

As a general rule, most of the norms in the gym are also norms out of the gym.  The Golden Rule is not such bad thing to live by, unless, of course, it involves you throwing someone off their spin bike into a wall.  

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3 Responses to Another take on etiquette at the gym

  1. Jason says:

    Planet fitness sucks!!!! I can’t believe I joined that sorry excuse for a gym. Just what I wanted to see. A bunch of overweight old ladies and no free weights in the Raymond NH location. Im going to go cancel my membership as soon as I’m done fuming. I’m absolutely furious, fuck that place.

  2. ravensgal says:

    I have no problem, and I’m a woman who works out 5 days a week twice a day. No fatties here. maybe you should go to Golds.

  3. ravensgal says:

    I have no problem, and I’m a woman who works out 5 days a week twice a day. No fatties here. maybe you should go to Golds.

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