What Is Gym Etiquette?

Proper Breathing During Workouts - Pt. 2


What Is Gym Etiquette?

Here’s Chris’ next post for us, and I love the topic! If you have never been to a gym, it will help ease your way into gym behavioral “culture”. Also good reminders for the rest of us!

A quick Google search shows me there’s a lot written about it. However, it’s always good to remind oneself how to behave respectfully at the gym. Furthermore, Chris has done a great job of paring things down to their essence.

So, read on, everyone! And be sure to check Chris’ signature line for a couple of offers of possible interest to you.


During this post, we’ll go over the do’s and don’ts of what needs to happen in the gym atmosphere. There are so many unspoken rules about the gym atmosphere that you may not know. Also, a reminder for the more experienced gym users never hurts. So, here’s a shortlist of the do’s and don’ts.

5 Things to Do


When working out with weights, be sure to return them to their proper home after using them.

This helps to keep the gym neat. It also prevents other members or staff having to clean up after you.

Keep Quiet:

Some people come to the gym to zone out. So, when talking to someone on a neighboring machine keep your volume low.

Use a Towel:

It is polite to wipe machines down after you use them. Also, many gyms offer antibacterial wipes for this purpose.

When waiting to get into a class:

Allow those leaving an earlier class to get their stuff and get out before trying to get in.

For group classes that fill up:

Make room for others. Don’t be a space hog.

Finally, a very short and straight-to-the-point summary of things to do while working out in the gym: Be respectful to other members.

Remember that everyone coming into the gym is working on something personal or trying to achieve overall better health. Unfortunately, we don’t always follow this guideline. Too often, many members don’t think or care to think of anyone besides themselves.

3 Things Not to Do

If you are sick, stay home. Don’t go to the gym:

If you have a cold or flu, you are better off staying home to rest and recover. There will be no benefit to your working out at the gym when you are sick.

Not only will you hinder your recovery, but you will also spread germs around on equipment that you use. You don’t want to give your illness to other gym-goers.

Therefore, quarantine yourself at home until you are feeling healthy again.

Avoid Heavy Fragrances:

We know that you want to smell nice. Wearing too much perfume or cologne, however, can be distracting for other gym-goers. Sometimes fragrances can even trigger allergic reactions in individuals.

Simply make sure that you are clean and that your body odor isn’t offensive. Additionally, just swipe on deodorant rather than strong fragrance sprays.

Get Your Fixation Off the Temptation:

So, you really think the hottie on the elliptical trainer isn’t aware you’ve been staring and heaving directly her way for 43 minutes?

Yes, you will surely see good looking, healthy and fit people all over the place. Remember, though, it is a gym and should not be treated like a meat market.

There is a time and a place for everything. The vast majority of gym-goers are there to get their sweat on, have fun and socialize with their friends. They are not there to dodge piercing stares from weirdos.


After reviewing this list you should have some very clear guidelines to follow when working out in gyms. Remember, this is about your goals, and everyone is at the gym for different reasons. So, PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL.

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