I was at the gym the other day doing crunches on the mat. A man came up next to me sweating heavily and wearing flip flops. He sat beside me, took his flip flops off (now barefoot), put light ankle weights on and lied down placing both sweaty bare feet on the mat. He then proceeded to do a number of exercises (I assume they were exercises because I'm telling you, I've never seen anything like that before). Then he stood up, put his flip flops back on and then walked off...leaving very sweaty and unsanitary bare foot prints all over the mat. This story is why I'm writing this blog. I realize you have to start somewhere with the gym and not everyone knows the basic rules...so, here goes! Shoes
You should always wear tennis shoes in the gym. This is both for your safety and for others. Bare feet on a mat is how things get spread around. Like ring worm. Yuck! Imagine thinking you were lying down on a clean mat and laying your bare shoulders down where someone had just had their sweaty feet?! My story is proof that not everyone is clean. So before you lay down, clean your spot. Also, gyms have heavy equipment everywhere. It may feel more comfortable to have flip flops on but those won't protect your feet if you or someone else dropped a weight on it. Also again, sanitary reasons. If you have a cut on your foot and some nasty gym debris were to get in there, it's gonna be bad news.
This can be pretty confusing. So, a lot of gym goers do sets or circuits. We have 2 or 3 exercises that we do consecutively as that is what we are instructed by our trainers to do. But to do that, you have to leave one machine for the next. It's only for a short period of time and it's common practice. The way to know if someone is using a machine is if they have left their stuff either on it or directly in front of it. Keys, water bottles, phones...they all qualify. So if you see these in front of a machine and move them to use it, the end result is going to be someone coming up, standing right next to you while you use said machine, staring a hole through you until you look up, which will then be met with "you're on my machine and standing over MY STUFF!" Then it gets nasty. Avoid!
Don't Hump the Weights
This one's simple, one would think. However, people screw this one up all the time. When you take free weights, actually take them somewhere. Don't just pick them up and do curls right in front of the weight rack. Chances are, someone wants to access the other weights right in front of you, and they don't want to almost touch your junk to get to them. Don't work out all up on those weights like you want to give it to them. It's inconsiderate.
Sweat is okay...
Just wipe things down if you sweat all over it. It doesn't take much time and it helps keep things sanitary. If you get up and see you left a wet spot, just take care of it. You would want the same done for you!
The gym should be a fun place. But you have to be courteous to others. It's not your own personal gym, it's shared. So take care of the equipment and treat things nice. You set the example and hopefully others will follow. Any rules to add? Leave them as a comment. 💪🏾🏋