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Codes of the Gym

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By: Nick Nilsson


The gym is a unique environment in our world. People come there to improve their bodies and feel better about themselves. Most gyms have a written set of rules to govern our behavior while working out.

ALL gyms, however, have an unwritten code of behavior that is not always readily apparent to sometimes even the most advanced of us. The aim of this report is to tell you the written as well as the unwritten rules of behavior in The Gym.


The written rules of the gym are usually few and designed to ensure members safety, convenience and equipment care. You are probably familiar with the majority of them. These rules are all fairly straightforward and come out of common sense. These written rules are also grossly outnumbered by the unwritten rules of the gym.

1. Dropping Weights


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Dropping weights on the floor can cause injury to yourself or others and can also damage the equipment itself. Always set it down as gently as you can.
2. Returning Weights


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This is a simple matter of courtesy to whoever is using the equipment after you. Not everybody can or wants to unload ten 45-pound plates off the leg press machine. Place dumbells back on the rack in the slots where they belong and always remove your weights from the machines unless the next person specifically asks you to leave them on.
3. Proper Attire


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Wear appropriate clothing for exercise. This mainly refers to shoes but can include things such as wearing jeans in the gym.
4. Sweat Hogs


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Wipe benches off if you sweat all over them. It's even better to put down a towel before you use the bench. You don't want to lie in other peoples sweat so extend them the same courtesy.
5. No Swearing


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This is a very common sense rule. Profanity can be offensive to others. If you have to scream in the middle of a tough set, make it unintelligible.
6. No Smoking


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If your gym doesn't have ashtrays on the stair-machines, chances are it doesn't allow smoking in the gym area. If you need to smoke, go to a designated smoking area.


The unwritten code of the gym is often a mystery to the inexperienced trainer, though advanced trainers have been known to experience lapses. If you have ever wondered what the unwritten code of the gym is, you have come to the right place. They are many and not always what you'd expect.

1. Talking


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Do not talk to someone in the middle of a set. This is very distracting and they are probably not listening to you anyway. Don't be offended if and when they ignore you. Wait until they're done.
2. Excessive Talking


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Don't talk excessively to people during their workout. They are (usually) at the gym to work, not socialize. Socialize after the workout.
3. Through The Looking Glass


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Walking or standing in front of someone during a set interferes with their concentration. People rely on the feedback from the mirror to help their balance and keep track of form, especially during overhead presses, squats, deadlifts, etc.
4. Working In


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Always ask before you work in. It is very rude to just sit down on a machine or bench the instant someone gets off. Don't ask to work in on a machine or bench if the other person is using a lot more or a lot less weight than you as it may take too long to change weights in between sets. Just wait until they're done or find something else to do.
5. Letting Someone Working In


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By the same token, it is rude not to let someone else work in with you. The exception to this is when it would interfere with your own workout, e.g. lots of weight changing or very short rest periods.
6. Bench Hogs


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Don't hog benches or machines (unless it's quiet and nobody else wants to use them).
7. Rolling, Rolling, Rolling


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Don't let your dumbells or barbells roll away from you as they can cause injury in others.
8. Water Breaks


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Don't take too long at the water fountain. This includes filling up your water bottle. If someone is behind you, let them drink then resume filling. Don't ever spit or blow your nose in the fountain, either.
9. Captain Safety


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Don't automatically jump in and spot someone the instant they look as though they're having trouble. The hard reps are the most productive and you may screw it up by jumping in. Get into position and be ready if they ask but don't assume.
10. Abusing Your Spotter


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Don't ask someone to spot you if you can't lift the weight yourself in the first place. If your spotter gets a lower-back workout while you are bench pressing then you need to reevaluate the amount of weight you are using.
11. Comfort Zones


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Don't move your bench too close to other people's benches. Some exercises require room to execute than others and you might just be in the way.
12. Resetting Machines


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If you work in on a machine, reset it back to where the other person had it after you've done your set.
13. Be Nice


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It's not nice to laugh at other people just because they can't lift as much as you. Remember, there is always someone else who can lift more than you.
14. Spotting


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If someone asks you for a spot, give it to them. If you don't feel comfortable spotting them, e.g. they are using a very heavy weight, let them know.
15. Screaming


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Try not to yell and scream unnecessarily. This can distract other gym members. Sometimes it is necessary but if you scream during a set of wrist curls, something is wrong.
16.. Dropping And Banging


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Don't drop weights or bang them together unnecessarily. Not only can you hurt your joints by banging and dropping weights, it is very distracting to others.
17. Too Much Information


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Don't hold loud, in-depth conversations around people while they are doing a set.
18. Bullseye


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If you tend to spray spit when you lift (it happens), make sure there is no one in the target area.
19. Pepe La Pew (Part 1)


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Don't wear excessive cologne or perfume to the gym. It can be very unpleasant for others who are breathing heavily.
20. Pepe La Pew (Part 2)


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Bathe regularly. 'Nuff said.
 

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people at the gyms i've trained have no fucking etiquette whatsoever. i hate that shit - i'm always having to help women take plates off machines and shit. i don't mind but if you think you're a tough fucker putting up a million plates on bar, then put them the fuck back! argh!

rant over.
 

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^^ Yup..I hate those fuckers who put weights on the bar..then decide it's too heavy so they just throw it on the floor and leave. That is what pisses me off.
 

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i hate the people at my gym. They talk and hang over all the machines i want to be on. Then, if i move from the machine im using for a sec they get on it.. no courtesy wait.

No asking. I hate it. I need to switch gyms. It used to be nice. Now, they are letting really young kids in there.

Lance
 

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HondaIntegraTypeS said:
dude i think you should be the fitness forum moderator.

diedra told me i was gonna be when i posted this idea in the suggestions forum but i guess not oh well. :dontknow:
 

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thats some great info for everyone that goes to the gym. a few months ago I switched gyms and I like the one I'm at better now, but there are more inconsiderate fucks there. the old place was more expensive and was 70% fitness and 30% free weights. the new place saves me some cash and there is much more equipment available and a 50/50 ratio between fitness and weight training. almost everyone at the old place racked their weights, very few didn't. at the new place it seems there is always a bench, squat rack, or dumbells that didn't get racked everytime I switch workouts. I wish these codes of the gym were posted on the walls every 10 feet.

very informative read that everyone that goes to any gym needs to take the time and read. pos rep for you.
 

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Great info . Most of this is absofuckinlutley common sense yet I see people doing the opposite of all of the above! It really irks me when stupid asses huddle together around machines they are not using and they expect me to say "excuse me " or "can i use this" !!!!!!!!!! FUCK THAT!!!!!!! GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY WAY!!!!!!!!!!1 You may be bigger than me but i will lay your ass out! Just because you are bigger doesnt mean you know how to fight like ME!!!! :mad:

:) Sorry ! Had to vent .

I try to follow good etiqute as best I can however
 

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"if you scream during a set of wrist curls, something is wrong."

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posting in an old thread, i know, but i used to work in a gym for awhile, and IT WAS A SERIOUS PAIN IN THE ASS TO STRIP WEIGHTS OFF EVERY FREAKING BAR/LEG PRESS MACHINE/ETC ALL DAY! when it was kinda dead in there i'd go around every 45 min or so just to strip weights. it sucked, but at least i got a pretty good grip from it. and i hate people that stand around and glare at you like theyre a badass just cuz theyre bigger than you.
 

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rockatanski said:
posting in an old thread, i know, but i used to work in a gym for awhile, and IT WAS A SERIOUS PAIN IN THE ASS TO STRIP WEIGHTS OFF EVERY FREAKING BAR/LEG PRESS MACHINE/ETC ALL DAY! when it was kinda dead in there i'd go around every 45 min or so just to strip weights. it sucked, but at least i got a pretty good grip from it. and i hate people that stand around and glare at you like theyre a badass just cuz theyre bigger than you.
HAHA YOu hate me :laughing:
 

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I swear , I was lifting today and I was there for about an hour and a half fuckin rockin shit , this guy gets there for about 5 minutes before I leave and starts sitting on the machines , I then go into the locker room and he goes in there too................... no biggie right ? Gonna probably take a piss or something.

WRONG!

He strips asshole naked right infront of me and starts walking around like he owns the place.

Fuckin weirdo :crazy:

Dont come to the gym and show off your tiny cock and flabby ass, no one wants to see it, especially me!
 
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