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Gym Etiquette That Everyone Should Follow

As a former gym employee and a current gym patron, these are just a few things you pick up in the realm of manners.

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1. Don't ask someone if they're done with a machine while they're literally still sitting on and using it

They're obviously not done. They know what you're doing. You're being rude.
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They're obviously not done. They know what you're doing. You're being rude.

2. Return your weights from whence they came.

The next person to use the bar/machine (or the employee responsible for keeping the floor in order) might be daintier than you.
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The next person to use the bar/machine (or the employee responsible for keeping the floor in order) might be daintier than you.

3. Don't block the mirrors. Men are having staring contests with themselves.

Judge all you want, inwardly, but don't interrupt.
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Judge all you want, inwardly, but don't interrupt.

4. Wipe up after yourself.

Nobody wants to sit in, slip on, or find their hands covered in your sweat. Gross.
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Nobody wants to sit in, slip on, or find their hands covered in your sweat. Gross.

5. Don't use your phone in the restroom (this applies outside the gym as well)

Restroom users do not want their business passed over the air waves, picture waves, radio waves, and/or all other waves. I'm sure the person on the other end does not want to be in receipt of those business waves either.
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Restroom users do not want their business passed over the air waves, picture waves, radio waves, and/or all other waves. I'm sure the person on the other end does not want to be in receipt of those business waves either.

6. Don't start a conversation with someone while they're doing Cardio

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They're already out of breath and self conscious. No one really looks good while sprinting or jumping. Just wave. Converse another time.

Okay, no one except for Rachel McAdams

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7. Shut your locker doors when you're finished

They get in the way of other patrons and need to be shut at the end of the day by the employees. It's just another thing you're adding to their list of things to do before they go home

Though I'll admit that as I walked down aisles closing locker doors, I often imagined myself as a shorter, less fancy Vanna White

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8. Clean up, clean up. Everybody everywhere

The rubbish and laundry bins are there for a reason. Please don't make others pick up after you.

The rubbish and laundry bins are there for a reason. Please don't make others pick up after you.

9. Return equipment before the gym's closing time

10. Don't flirt with the employees when there are people behind you who actually need something.

As entertaining as watching others awkwardly interact can be, I've other things to do
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As entertaining as watching others awkwardly interact can be, I've other things to do

11. And, as always when exercising, use safe practices to avoid injury to yourself and others.

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