New to the gym and not sure what the unspoken rules of your new gym are? Well, most gyms don't always hand out a "Rules of Conduct" book when you join. You're simply expected to act like a decent human being, clean up after yourself and generally behave. The problem is common sense doesn't necessarily reign in every fitness facility. Here are the most common and most aggravating gym missteps. From wearing too much cologne to leaving your weights laying around, read on to learn about general gym etiquette.
Do use the sanitation station supplies on the equipment you use. It's not cool to leave your sweaty germs all over the weights, especially on the cardio equipment.
Do always put the weights back when you're done. You'll become unpopular really quick if you leave weights lying around or put them in the wrong spots.
Do respect personal space. Don't be a creep. No one wants you all up in their grill when they're trying to rep out a set. We get it – sweat, spandex and booties, who wouldn't be tempted to stare and hover? Just don't. Pay attention to what you're doing (or what you're lifting).
Do mind your business. Allow the other gym goers to do their thing and you do yours – workout advice and tips are not always welcome. No one likes being told what to do, especially from a know-it-all stranger. Even if you're a trainer, unless you're working at that gym, keep your opinions to yourself.
Do observe cardio limits. During busy times of day, some gyms may limit cardio sessions on machines to 30 minutes. Refusing to step off after your designated time impacts the person waiting behind you and simply isn't fair.
Do smell good, but not great. When your aroma - good or bad - enters the room before you do, it's time to make some adjustments. Leave fragrances and colognes for outside the gym but please use deodorant.
Don't dawdle. Get in, do your workout, and get out. There's no need to waste time in the gym or hog the squat rack for two hours taking selfies when there are other people trying to use it.
Don't talk on your phone on the weight floor – that's just rude and obnoxious. Minimal texting is probably ok, but if someone is waiting for you to get done and you're sitting there working your thumbs and little else, well, that's just annoying.
Don't hog equipment. Super-setting by working out on two or more different pieces of equipment prevents others from using them.