Tuesday, December 7, 2010

How to Act in the Gym or Not

I belong to two gyms. The work gym I've been going to for the past 5 years and the home gym for about 4 months. A few things have happened to me at both gym that make me question what gym etiquette is. Here's some example of the thing I experience:

- I had just finished doing leg raises with the stability ball at the work gym, older guy says something about them being good for my abs. I'm all like yeah I working on it and then he reaches over and touches my stomach. Inappropriate

- In the shower room after my morning workout getting dressed for work. Older lady starts to talk to me about department politics. I'm kind of in a rush but try to be polite, make my excuses and enter the shower. And she keeps talking while I'm trying to take my shower, dry off, get dressed and fix my hair. Arkward

- Going through my strength training workout on the cable machine. Guy has set up all four stations of the machine with his weight needs. When I good to use a station he just finished, he states that he's using it. I go to another station and he says he's using that one too. He suggests that I come back in 20 minutes when he'll be finished with the weights. Rude

- During my boxing I'm informed by a follow student how to perform a move, totally different from the way the instructor has told me. Confused

These are just some of the examples of things that happened to me at the gym. I try so hard practice gym etiquette: don't invade other's personal, no unsolicited advice, don't hog the machines you can only use one at a time and keep your hand to yourself (unless the other person wants you to touch them).

Did I miss anything?


  1. Aack, these people need to be set straight! I wrote a post about owning the weight room... I strut it baby and if any of these guys are in my way, there better move. Seriously, I had a dweeb ask me if I was using a bench and my stuff was on it. I just gave him the eye roll and said yes... some guys (and ladies) just don't know where the boundaries of good taste are. Next time that a-hole is taking up four stations, tell him you're going to work in. LOL!

  2. Thanks Suzanne. Sometimes I'm just thrown off, like wow is this happening. I'm ready now.