Most local gyms have standard rules posted on their walls for all to see. If you’re no stranger to the gym, you already know that there is an unspoken code of conduct that you should be following. We think its time we all got on the same page so that you and the rest of our members can enjoy a healthier, more effective workout.
Sweat your sweat. Sweat is the key ingredient in the recipe for intense workouts, and that means you’re going to leave some behind on the bench. Always be sure to grab a paper towel and some spray to clean up after yourself, or bring your own towel (bigger than a washcloth) to wipe off the equipment.
Re-rack ’em. It’s a pain taking someone else’s weights off the bars before you start your workout, isn’t it? Take the time to put the weights you used back in the correct place. Keep in mind that not all members are on the same level as you and the weights you were using might be too heavy for the person next in line. Not only does leaving weights on bars create more work for others, it can bend the bars over time, which will eventually render them useless.
The phone is for music, not for talking. No one comes to the gym floor to listen in on someone else’s phone conversation. While getting in a killer workout, be mindful of those around you and use your phone for music (with earbuds), data, and avoid distracting phone calls.
No peacocking. We know you’re working hard, and we’re happy we can help you push past any limits to reach your fitness goals. But just like no one wants to overhear someone else’s phone conversation, no one wants to hear the grunting and shouting that comes with lifting weights. And men: be sure to keep your shirt on!
Mind the water fountain line. Are you filling up a big bottle or shaker in between cardio and weights? Is the person standing behind you patiently waiting for a simple sip of water? Do like you’d do in the grocery store line: let the person who can get out of there quickly go first, then take your turn.
Help out! If you’re new to the gym, welcome! We’re glad to have you, and we hope our fitness instructors and your fellow gym-goers can help you with any questions you might have. If you need a spot while lifting weights, ask one of our friendly team members! If you’re not new to the gym, it’s time to pay it forward: help someone who needs it, or direct them to someone who can.
Different gyms have different cultures, but these workout rules are understood across the spectrum. If you have any questions, just go to your local Fitness Connection and ask any of our staff. We’re always happy to be your Fitness Connection!