10 Things NEVER to Do in a Gym!!
10 Things You Do At The Gym That Annoy Everyone Around You
Even if you're trying to be helpful, it's best not to give tips to fellow gym-goers—after all, you don't know the details of their health or fitness levels. "If you are not my coach, don't correct my form," says Gea. "Getting corrected by people you barely know is just plain annoying, and possibly dangerous."
Jeanette DePatie, a plus-size, certified fitness trainer from California, says that unwanted encouragement can be just as irritating, not to mention presumptuous. "I can't tell you how many times someone has walked up to me—or my students—and said something along the lines of 'Good for you! Keep at it and you'll lose that bulge in no time!'" she says. "First of all, the size and the shape of my body is none of your concern. Second of all, just because I'm a big girl doesn't mean it's any more laudable that I'm exercising than any one else."
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"There is nothing worse than going to the squat rack and there's a barbell with five plates on each side waiting there for me," says Luke Thornton, fitness expert and trainer for Discount Supplements. "It's simple gym etiquette to put your weights away, whether they are dumbbells or weight plates."
Annoyance aside, leaving heavy plates on could keep another person from using the machine at all. "You might be strong, but the next person might not be and can't move those 45-pound plates," reminds Virginia Kinkel, owner of Bodymass Gym in Arlington, Virginia. "If you can lift it, you can put it away." Same goes for medicine balls, jump ropes, and other workout equipment. Putting these items back in their designated storage areas helps other people find them when they need to use them.
Resting or texting your BFF from the rowing machine is a no-no if there are other people who may want to use that piece of equipment next. "It's fine to take a quick break between sets while lifting. It's not fine to sit on a bench and talk on your phone for several minutes," Paulson says. "I guarantee someone else wants to use it."
Even worse? Gaming from the bench: "There's one guy at my current gym who takes his tablet along and plays FarmVille or Candy Crush between sets," says Kevin Graham, a frequent gym-goer in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Yes, wearing deodorant and maintaining good personal hygiene keeps you from smelling up the gym, but stay away from strongly scented products. "Many people are scent-sensitive and don't need to be drowned in perfume while they're trying to breathe, especially at a gym," says Meghan Kennihan, a certified personal trainer and running coach from Western Springs, Illinois.
"I'm just a mom trying to stay in shape," says April Jimenez, a regular exerciser from Medford, New York. "But once in a while the person next to me wants to outdo me.
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