Every gym will have its own set of rules. The rules help to make sure that people stay safe, and the gym is not subject to any liability issues. Outside of those rules, there are sometimes some suggestions to make the gym more enjoyable. Then there are the unwritten rules that everyone wishes people would follow, but not all do. If you want to make sure you are not bothering other gym members and employees, here are five excellent gym etiquette tips to remember.

1) Health

If you are sick in any way, stay away from the gym. It is hard for gyms to remain completely clean and germ-free without the help of their members. If you think you may be getting sick or you are overly tired, go for a run outside. Skip a day at the gym and come back when you feel up to speed. Especially at a gym like ours where you are going to be in close contact with a fitness instructor or other members of your class, germs can spread quickly.

2) Phones

The gym is your time. Turn off your phone, leave it in the car or in a locker. Do anything but answer your phone while in a class or working with a trainer. There is nothing more frustrating to the trainer or to the other people around you when you start discussing your latest stock trades with your broker, or what your husband needs to pick up from the grocery store. Make your time at the gym a separation from your phone.

3) Stuff

Especially at a small gym, it can feel like you are home as soon as you walk in the door. This is a great thing and something all gyms want people to feel at home. However, the gym is not your home, so kicking your shoes off, throwing your coat on the ground, or leaving your water bottle in the middle of the room, won’t help the overall operation of the gym. Be mindful of where you place your items.

4) Talking During Class

In certain circumstances, it is perfectly fine to talk to another member of the gym during the class. Just like the seventh grade, make sure you are not distracting other people and make sure that the person you are talking to is still getting the value they want out of each class.

5) Awareness

When it comes to small spaces with little mirror access and limited equipment, be aware that there are other people in this world. You should be able to spend some time in front of the mirror to work on whatever you need to, but when you see three other people waiting behind you to try and see a part of their foot in the mirror, it may be time to move on. Sharing is not hard when everyone is in it together. We all have a similar goal being at a gym. Getting healthy and getting in shape should be something that people strive for together.

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