I have just joined a gym and before I go for the first time (I’ve never gone to a gym before) am wondering if there is any gym etiquette I should know about?
There are a few things that are good to know. First, put equipment, like weights, away or restore the equipment to the way you found it. Wipe down any machines after you use them, with a wipe if provided, or at least your towel. Be prepared to share or take turns. Most gyms post a time limit for the use of any equipment and you should abide by that whether anyone is obviously waiting or not. Don’t text, and don’t sing. It’s amazing how many people sing, rather loudly, along with their iPod. This is annoying to other gym users. Also, don’t stare at other people. It feels invasive to them, even if you are just trying to figure out how to use the piece of equipment they’re on. It’s best to ask a staff member when you aren’t sure.