“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
Titus 3:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
Greetings everyone! Thank you for joining us for our premiere Blog Post: Gym Etiquette. We feel this is an important topic, not just for fitness enthusiasts, but also as Christians. We are called to set an example of Christ-like behavior, which includes good stewardship of our (and other people’s) things, good manners, consideration for others, cleanliness, and leaving places better than we find them.
So, if you enter the gym with the mindset that you are not just there to work-out, but you are there as a witness, you may focus on your behavior a bit more. Ask the Lord to help you walk in patience, forgiveness, and courtesy. This may seem like common sense, but by watching fellow gym members, the reality set in that perhaps we could all use a reminder. Start by entering the gym in thankfulness that you are physically able to exercise, and also that the Lord has provided for you financially so that you can afford a gym membership. Here are a few other things to consider:
1. Wipe down equipment before and after use. Beforehand protects you from any viruses, bacteria… and the last guy’s sweat. Wiping equipment down post-workout is polite, protects the person after you… and prevents the spread of some gross stuff.
2. Re-rack your weights. That’s great that you can squat three 45-pound plates on each side! But that doesn’t mean the next person using the machine should have to clean up after you… and they may not be able to lift that much weight!
3. Put it back where you found it. If you picked up a piece of equipment, moved a bench, etc., kindly return it where it belongs.
4. Set an example. If there are misplaced items or trash you have to step over, please help someone out and show them proper gym etiquette by putting it away.
5. Say “hello,” and “thank you” to the gym staff. Attempt to learn the names of the employees you encounter regularly. Help foster an atmosphere of good customer service. It might just brighten someone’s day:)
6. Do not hog multiple machines or pieces of equipment during peak hours. Adjust your super-sets and routines as needed, showing courtesy to others. This may force you out of your comfort zone, which can be a good thing! Switch to resistance bands, body- weight exercises, plyometrics, or the cable machines.
7. Show respect to the trainers or other members by keeping an eye out to see if someone is using an item before you snag it. If you’re not sure, and someone is nearby, just ask. Politeness goes a long way, and will most likely be reciprocated next time you step away to grab a drink of water…
8. Keep your phone use to a minimum. Some gyms do not even allow cell phones in the fitness area. Playing music or chatting loudly is sure to annoy everyone around you. No selfies, and we do not want to be in the background of your Facebook post!
9. Don’t “rest” on the equipment. Get up, walk around, or at least stand next to the machine. Someone else may wish to work in during your rest periods. If you are working in with someone else, make sure to adjust the settings/resistance/etc. to the correct position prior to you handing it back over.
10. Try to keep your staring, swearing, grunting, gastrointestinal releases, and other rude personal bad habits to yourself. We don’t think that one needs an explanation:)
11. Keep your stuff out of the way. No big gym bags on the floor- most likely there are cubes or a locker room. Lock it up for your safety, to free up some space, and to prevent any unnecessary injuries.
Hopefully these considerations will help you to become a better gym member and spread the Spirit of Excellence! Here’s to your health!