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    Gym Etiquette ... Which type are you??

    So ... what kind of gym person are you???

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    Mind Your Manners -- in the Gym

    Annoying socializers, grunters, and excessive sweaters can bum out your workout. Following gym etiquette not only is polite, it's safe -- for you and your fellow gym-goers.

    By Dulce Zamora
    Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD
    WebMD Feature




    We all have different reasons for working out, whether it's to lose weight, to obtain rock-hard abs, or to stay healthy. Whatever the motivation, for some of us, getting to the gym is an achievement unto itself. So when people there are rude, gross, or downright annoying, it can be frustrating because they can distract us from our fitness goals, or worse, can hurt us. Or sometimes, we might not know it, but we may be the offending club member.

    Salvatore Fichera, an exercise physiologist in New York, and Joe Warpeha, Duluth, Minnesota-based certified strength and conditioning specialist, have seen their share of careless and inconsiderate acts resulting in injury.

    For example, customers who fail to wipe sweat from exercise equipment have reportedly been known to pass on communicable diseases such as rashes to other people. Cell-phone yakkers or excessively loud grunters have caused serious trainers to lose concentration and strain muscles. Weightlifters who neglect to secure barbells properly have had loose plates drop and crush toes -- theirs and others'.

    These mishaps are easily avoidable. With good manners and common sense, gym-going can become a pleasant, safe, and healthy experience for everyone.


    The Lazy ... and Dangerous


    One of the most common gaffes people make at the gym is failing to put equipment back in its proper place.

    "Some people just leave dumbbells on the floor, which is totally dumb," Fichera says. "It is inconvenient for someone who may need that particular weight afterwards, and it could hurt other members who, while looking at themselves in the mirror, back up and don't see it on the floor."

    The rule also applies to clients using free weights. Besides leaving them on the floor, some lifters apparently don't return them to their proper number slots (i.e., the 10-pound weight in the "10" spot, the 20-pounder in the "20" spot, etc.) Some people carry weights to different parts of the gym and leave them there. This obviously inconveniences others who may have to do some searching to complete their exercise.

    It is also important to secure the collars on barbells. Loose plates can slide off, bounce on the ground, and hurt someone. Such common-sense rules fall under the heading of "Use equipment properly" and "Follow instructions," which should be a no-brainer, but some people still surprisingly act foolish.


    The Grunters


    Then there are people who scream or grunt loudly during their set. Some even drop their weights on the ground, making a big thump. These noisemakers peeve David Reyes, 33, who takes his workout routine seriously.

    "Let's say that I'm bench-pressing," says Reyes. "I'm doing a heavy set and am focused on lifting with the proper form, and on my way up [with the barbell], I hear "BOOM! BOOM!"... There goes my concentration, and without it, I could end up with 300 pounds on my neck."

    Reyes himself feels the need to release energy when he lifts, but he does what he calls a "muted grunt" to be considerate of other members. For people who think they need the extra boost while lifting, Fichera suggests a loud breath instead. He says a forceful exhalation should provide the same benefits as a noisy grunt.

    Heavy-lifters may want to ask people to spot them while doing a set. While this may seem like an inconvenience, Warpeha says most lifters won't have a problem looking out for you, knowing that they might also need the help one day. If you can't handle a certain weight, it's best not to use it, for your safety and for others around you.


    The Yakkers


    Talking to others while performing a weight set could be hazardous to your health because it distracts from following proper technique, says Fichera. "Even if you've been going to the gym for a long time, it's still important to focus on your muscle contractions, or you could really hurt yourself."

    Plus, people who stand idle and simply hang out with one another on the workout floor can ruin a positive, serious workout atmosphere.

    Albert Valencia, a Los Angeles consultant, likes it when people are more like him at the gym. He works out at least four times a week, and tries to be out of the gym in an hour and 15 minutes. He says people who socialize sometimes upset him because they tend to not pay attention and hog equipment, making his workout inefficient.

    Another disturbing behavior at the gym has to do with something that seems to irk people everywhere -- hearing people talk on their cell phones.

    "Nobody needs to hear your conversation," says Re Perez, 31, who has not only experience as a club member, but as staff at an upscale Manhattan gym. He says it's one thing to receive quick calls to get information, but it's another matter to babble away, looking pretentious.

    If you must yak, take your chatter outside the workout area. Some gyms have dedicated places for socializing, such as cafes and lobbies.


    The Intruders


    It also annoys Valencia when people disturb him during a set when they ask questions like if he's going to be finished with the machine soon.

    In this case, Fichera says it's proper etiquette to let others use equipment while you're resting between sets. It may not be ideal, but the same courtesy could come in handy next time you're in a hurry.

    If you're really in a rush and can't wait for someone to finish, Warpeha recommends looking for alternatives. "More than one machine can work out a particular muscle," he says. "If all else fails, use free weights."

    Fitness centers usually have trained personnel on the floor who can guide you with appropriate exercises. For a simple question or two, there is usually no charge.


    The Soakers


    Some people may feel good about sweating up a storm at the gym, but remember to clean up after yourself. Warpeha says he's heard of customers catching colds and getting rashes from peers who don't bother to wipe perspiration from equipment. He's also seen people leave their stinky clothes in the locker room, thereby polluting the air.

    Remember that the locker room is not your personal private space. This means other people may not appreciate it if you spread your stuff all over the benches, leave your shaven hair in the sink, put towels on the floor, and forget to flush the toilet.

    Bottom line is that proper fitness etiquette may not differ so much from practicing good manners in the outside world. The only difference is that at the gym, you may be able to get away with wearing skimpy clothing without even a second glance.


    Published April 14, 2003.


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    SOURCES: Salvatore Fichera, exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer, New York. Joe Warpeha, certified strength and conditioning specialist, Duluth, Minnesota. David Reyes. Albert Valencia. Re Perez.

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    I am none of these.

    I workout alone, I ignore everyone else in the gym, and I'm in my own world.
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    I'm the guy who does his own thing and doesn't sit there being an obnoxious, passive aggressive little prick who looks down on everybody else.
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    I am the soggy assed guy in the corner doing deads and squats. I rarely socialize because I try to limit my time in the gym and there are few people I need to talk to anyways. I have heard enough BS in the gym and now just plug in my MP3 player and do my thing. I don't need someone to tell me that deads and squats will ruin my back and that I should do 25 sets of concentration curls and tri-kickbacks to "tone" my arms.
    Just one guy's opinion.

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    None of those things actually bother me. They don't break my concentration at all. But I'm used to being in a high school weight room where a lot of the people don't know what they are doing so you kind of get used to the things you described.
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    people need to stfu about grunters. they pump me up. they make me want to be the hardest working mofo in there instead of them

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    im more of the guy that minds his own business, and keeps to himself unless approached by someone else.

    also, people that hog the equipment SUCK!
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    Re: Gym Etiquette ... Which type are you??

    Originally posted by Dr of Golf
    So ... what kind of gym person are you???
    One who turns up, trains hard and goes home... Nuff said.
    I'm not moaning, i'm having an opinion.

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    Originally posted by Reinier
    people need to stfu about grunters. they pump me up. they make me want to be the hardest working mofo in there instead of them
    grunting = hard work??
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    i'm none of those. i pretty much keep to myself and rarely talk to anybody. and by the way, hi to everybody...

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    When someone is doing curls in the power rack when I need to do squats, I just walk up there and start doing squats in that same power rack. After all, I shouldn't "notice" anyone else in the gym if my intensity is high enough.
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    What's the problem with doing curls in a power rack? Where else would you load up the oly bar? (assuming you do enough weight to warrant that)
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    "If all else fails, use free weights"

    This advice makes the article worthless

    PS- I am also none of the above, I work out alone and dont talk to anyone.
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    I am a soaker, a grunter, an intruder, a yakker, and I leave dumbells all over the floor. DEAL WITH IT!

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    I dont mind grunters if its heavy weight


    i hate the meduim to big guy db pressing 60lb dbs and grunting them out
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    i dont mind grunters, except when they scream like a little girl

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    I am the guy who accidentally drops 110lbs dumbells on the feet of people who leave dumbells all over the floor. Deal with it.

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    Posted before, and that article is worthless. That's like going to a restaurant and complaining about everything the other customers/staff do that you don't like. Here's a little hint, no matter where you go in life there are going to be people that do things you don't agree with, ****ing get over it.
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    Originally posted by Saint Patrick
    I am none of these.

    I workout alone, I ignore everyone else in the gym, and I'm in my own world.
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    I'm the guy who is tempted to say 'old' because he read this article when it was posted six months ago.


    BUT, I'm the guy who sits there and minds his own business but still hates everybody there because after all, they are people too. I dont talk to anybody if I dont have to. I am the guy who takes the gym very, very seriously and only gets truly annoyed if someone is acting in a careless or dangerous manner. I'm the guy who racks the weights and takes the plates off of the machines and puts them on the trees because not even the ****ing workers will do it.
    I do make sure to make VERY dirty looks at those who left them there if they are still in the area. I could tell them to do it themselves, but I need the grip work.

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    Originally posted by MrWebb78


    grunting = hard work??
    not necessarily. but it sounds like it. so it still pumps me up

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    Originally posted by Saint Patrick
    I am none of these.

    I workout alone, I ignore everyone else in the gym, and I'm in my own world.
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    My main pet peeve is the people who are doing 3 different exercises at the same time, thus hogging three different machines/weights. It gets annoying when you need one of those machines/weights to finish your workout in a logical time frame, but have to wait around for them to finish strolling back and forth.
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    Why not ask them if you can work in? If they say no, then get annoyed
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