Equipment Etiquette

  • Learn to share. Don’t hog the equipment for yourself. If you’re in the middle of a circuit but taking a short break, let others slip in between sets to save time. Don’t leave your towel on the machine and walk away expecting the machine to still be available when you return. Everyone has a right to use the equipment, not just you.
  • Practice patience. Don’t rush others. If someone is obviously using a piece of equipment, don’t ask if they are almost done. Wait until he or she takes a break and be prepared to wait or use something else in the meantime.
  • Be on time. Many gyms lightly enforce 30-minute time limits for cardio machines during peak hours. If your gym is busy, respect that limit and don’t go over. If you want a really long cardio workout, avoid the gym during the busy times, like the after-work rush between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Clean up after yourself. Always bring a towel — and use it. There’s nothing worse than getting covered in someone else’s sweat. Towels help keep surfaces clean, dry and germ-free. Most gyms have cleaning supplies available — use them to wipe down your equipment before heading off to the next station.
  • If you take something out, put it away. Have you just finished using a set of free weights? Then put them away. Leaving dumbbells, bands, exercise balls and other equipment on the floor is a tripping hazard and makes it difficult for other members to find the equipment they need. Don’t drop the weights when you’re done either — it’s loud and very distracting for others around you.

“You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners”. ~ Lillian Gish

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5 reasons you might not be seeing results!

 1: Talking to much
Have you ever seen those people who do a set then walk around for 45 minutes talking to everyone about random things? These are the same people that you see in day in and days out, but never really get anywhere.
If you’re not putting in the work, and using the gym as a social hour, then it’s time to reevaluate why you’re at the gym in the first place.

2: Taking too long of a break
The first problem with this is that your muscle will lose the anabolic state that they are in if you rest to long. Second thing is that no one wants to wait an hour for you to get off the bench; some people want to get a great workout in the shortest amount of time possible.
Some people have other things to do then to spend 4 hours at the gym, because someone wanted to take a nap between sets. Too much rest can hinder growth, and can also demotivate you in the process. So rest times should be no longer than a minute or 2 the most.

3: No goals in mind
Sometimes we see those people who do chest and biceps every time they go into the gym. These people neglect to work any other part of their body, and ultimately end up looking like a hot mess. They have no focus, and just randomly work things as they go.
If your one of these people, you need to sit down and reevaluate why you’re working out in the first place. Sit down and either write, or think of some goals. Goals are the staple point in your journey to a new you, if you don’t have any goals in mind or written down, then you’re not going to get anywhere.
Goals create enthusiasm and excitement; goals constantly remind you of why you are there in the first place.

4: Doing too much cardio and not enough weights
If your goal is to gain size, get off the damn cardio machines. If you’re going to do cardio and gain mass, do it in moderation. Only run for a little bit, test different time limits out, test and track and repeat. Figure out what works best for you; don’t follow some magazine articles advice on how long to run. Everyone’s different and each person has to find out what works for them by testing out different things.

5: Not going hard enough
This is probably one of the most problematic situations for not getting any results. Too many people are stuck on fixed workout schedules. The problem with these cookie cutter workouts is this: If you’re not putting in the effort outside of the gym, then you’re not going to get anywhere. You need adequate sleep and food, or your efforts will be in vain.
By going hard as hell, you not only increase your chances to get some serious results, but you increase the chance to continually improve, so you won’t get on a plateau, and you have less chance of becoming bored with your workout.

“Every one of us is an artist, and as an artist, you really can stroll into any venue that you want, as long as you take your time to learn the etiquette of that venue”. ~ Terrence Howard

A quote from notorious badass Terrence Howard. Learn the #WorkoutEtiquette of the gym before you enter!

Terrence Howard – Words of Wisdom

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LOUD NOISES

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There are three types of noises I want to write about in regards to working out at the gym.

The LOUD phone call: This person is so obnoxious that they believe everyone else in the gym wants to hear about what they ate for dinner last night, who they went on a date with, how much they hate someone else, and the circumference of their ankles. I would love to hear a comment from anyone that actually enjoys this banter. Sometimes I do get a laugh myself – but most of the times it is mundane, and just loud noise. I know separation anxiety from phones is a thing – “the extension of the nervous system” they call it. However, please leave it in your gym locker, in the compartments on the equipment, or on the floor. There is no room at the gym for loud jibber-jabber from a phone call.

The LOUD grunting weightlifter/yoga head: So I did yoga once, and you know what? It was pretty relaxing. I definitely get why people do it. However. What the heck was with the weirdly sweaty guy who was groaning as if he was busting a nut? On top of that, this girl was moaning so loud I forget what the instructor asked. So I have I have a groaning man in one ear, and a moaning girl in the other. I felt like a third wheel. The rest of the class and I managed to do it moan/groan free. What’s the deal? Yoga isn’t a class for mating calls, so please calm down or banish yourself from public classes.

The LOUD noise of the inconsiderate bastard who drops the weights on the floor: If you are dropping the weight, it is too damn heavy for you. Need I say more – but I will. I have mentioned before that it scares the shit out of me (bold italics necessary). Just lift a challenging weight that you can use without having to slam it on the ground! I really don’t understand how these people can’t feel the beady eyes (wish I had laser beams) of everyone in the gym hating them. Just stop doing it!

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Improving Hygiene @ The Gym

Etiquette is all about showing mutual respect and manners to those in your surroundings.

One of the most repulsive betrayals of etiquette is HYGIENE. #WorkoutEtiquette

Sneezing & coughing:

  • This is for those who cannot hold in the urge to sneeze, or have a habit of reflex coughing.
  • Make sure you get up from what ever you are doing and wash your hands! All gym’s have sanitiser spray – it’s there for a reason. Spray the equipment and wipe it down.
  • General Rule: DON’T GO TO THE GYM WHEN YOU ARE SICK – use common sense. I see this as a form of germ terrorism!
  • Also: Don’t make that noise where you suck the snot from the back of your nose and hock it up at the back of your throat. Go to the bathroom and use a tissue. Question to the culprits: Where does that even go? Do you swallow it?
  • Also: Don’t pick your damn nose. There are enough mirrors in the gym to see it from every angle.

Sweating:

  • Sweating is a surprisingly good sign at the gym (apart from being quite unattractive and uncomfortable). It shows you and everyone else at the gym just how hard you are working. Unless you work up a sweat, then you are wasting your time – unless you are like my friend, who just doesn’t sweat (weird).
  • Sweat is only good when it’s your own. In other words, wipe up after using all equipment, sit on your towel, wear a headband to catch your forehead drips, or wear a fan suit (they exist).
  • There is nothing worse than going to use a machine, grabbing the handles, and almost slipping off!
  • Also: WEAR DEODORANT!

Soiled, or missing clothing:

  • To all those people that don’t wear socks, here is your problem: your feet stink, you’re ruining your shoes (unless you have liters of Febreeze [this still doesn’t help]), you can get 3 pairs of socks for $5, your moist shoes squeak when you walk, and you will most likely end up with painful blisters.
  • To the dudes that think its okay to wear baggy shorts and boxers (or no underwear), here is your problem: you are raping peoples eyes, the gym walls are plastered with mirrors, it’s so inappropriate it’s not funny. Do everyone a favour and don’t use the bench press or any other horizontal machines.
  • To all those people that don’t wash their gym gear, here is your problem: everyone can smell you, and your clothes look wrinkled from the sweat gradually drying after you squashed them in your gym bag. At least bring a fresh top each time you workout!

Stop committing gym terrorism and change your hygiene practices! Work out your damn etiquette!

Workout Etiquette – Video

I couldn’t have said it better in 300 words.

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