Gym Rules

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This post may not be favorite of some of my readers, but I feel like it is something to address. Now that people have stopped complaining, for the most part, about January Joiners they have started complaining about other aspects of the gym.

I have seen posts about rules you should follow at the gym. I am not writing this to call anyone out. I will admit I have complained about people at the gym before, I am the first to admit I am not perfect.

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I sparkle when I sweat & I love kettlebells.

Some of the common rules I have seen:

Don’t dress to impress

I know I am not the only one that likes to dress in flattering clothes, but here is the thing, feeling confident and great in what I wear makes me worry 100% less about what I look like at the gym. And this clearly has nothing to do with picking up men at the gym, obviously. But I am my biggest critique when it comes to what I look like. If I see in the mirror that this is hanging out and this is jiggling — then I am going to feel like shit and probably lose whatever good thing I have going. So what if someone wants to wear makeup to the gym? That might not be what I like but it certainly isn’t bothering me.

Share equipment

Every blogger and gym goer has a different opinion, and frankly it is confusing. Some want you to share weights & equipment between sets, some want you to work your reps and sets and put your equipment back ASAP. I do what I am comfortable with, if someone got to the weight set before me, then I figure something else out. Not too complicated, don’t let it ruin your entire workout.

The gym is not a social place

The gym is not a bar or your local coffee shop, I get it. But there is something to be said about gym camaraderie, if I am at the gym 4 days a week at the same time as 3 other people. Does it hurt to make small talk, no? Does it make sense to tell them my life story? Nope, but we are all at the gym bright and early, I bet we have at least one thing in common.

Make sure you are using the gym equipment properly

This is my biggest issue, especially with those who work in the fitness industry, instead of mocking the person that is struggling with a machine or weights or an exercise, if you know what they are doing, ask them if they need help. You aren’t hurting anyone.

I am sure there are a hundred other “rules” that bother me, but these are the ones I see repeatedly. What bothers me is that everyone is saying oh, people need to get into the gym, they need to get fit and healthy, etc… Yet here you are dissing “january joiners” and then setting rules for the gym you go to. Yes, we all have preferences of how we would like the gym to be, but not all of our presences will align, so why can’t we just accept that?

Off my soapbox for the day :)

What rules do you hate or love when it comes to the gym? I love it when people wipe down the sweaty equipment after they are done!

16 thoughts on “Gym Rules

  1. I don’t like sharing weights between sets. I think itz important to be mindful of others, but there are plenty of other exercises that can be done if someone is using the machines or weights. Be mindful of others and WEIGHT your turn! (ha)

    • I agree – definitely be mindful of what others are doing. It’s okay to ask to use the weights but it’s okay if the person says no to you!

  2. At my gym we are REQUIRED to wipe down the equipment and yoga mats, etc. It is only common courtesy and housekeeping. I couldn’t care less what anyone wears or does as long as they aren’t in my face and bothering my workout.

  3. I’m with you when it comes to sharing equipment. I think it all depends on how busy the gym is and how long you’re taking in between sets. If you’re monopolizing five pieces of equipment at a busy time to get your workout in, then I think maybe sharing is in order, right? But if no one else is in the gym, then maybe it doesn’t matter!

  4. Great Post..My Pet Peeve- when people leave their weights on machines when they’re done and walk away…did you want me to put those away for you??? I’m 42 soo make-up is a necessity for me…its a courtesy to others really! =)

    • Haha yeah if you’re too tired to put away the weights after maybe you should drop it down a few pounds ;). When I used to go after work I always had makeup on…laziness at its best.

  5. I’m with you on this!!!!

    Also, the way I see it is, gyms should be a JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE – everyone is there trying to better themselves in some way or another, please check egos and attitudes at the door.

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