Failure to follow the rules of personal hygiene and intrusion into the personal space of other athletes leads to injuries in the gym
1. Train in clean clothes
According to the unspoken rules, you need to train in clean clothes. The unpleasant smell of sweat and acid causes inconvenience to athletes involved in neighboring simulators. Do not rely on hoods and air conditioners – not every room has them. Walking around bare-chested is also not accepted, even if the room is +35 degrees. Your pumped-up body, powerful biceps confuse beginners, psychologically put pressure on them.
Training in the gym in crocs or flip-flops is not safe: you need sports sneakers or sneakers that fix the foot and do not slip. This will prevent sprains, dislocations, fractures.
2. Take a towel and antiseptic to the gym
Hundreds of people use machines and equipment in the gym and do not disinfect them after themselves. Viruses and bacteria accumulate and actively spread on the surfaces of projectiles.
Epidemiologists have found that more than 1,000,000 bacteria live on every 7 sq. cm of the surface. There are 362 times more of them on dumbbells than on a toilet seat.
Cleaning surfaces with an antiseptic before and after exercising will protect you from viral and bacterial infections.
3. Do not occupy the simulators for a long time
Queues at treadmills, platforms, hyperextensions are formed not only because of the number of applicants. Some athletes talk on the phone, browse social networks while sitting or lying in the simulator. The rest have to wait. In gyms, it is customary to release the projectile during rest between sets or a break in the exercise for other reasons.
4. Don’t take multiple projectiles at the same time
Many athletes use 2-3 machines at the same time. They “tag” them, leaving towels and other personal items. Polls show that the quiet “occupation” of sports equipment annoys every second visitor to the gym. Because of this, conflicts happen.
In disputable situations, it is more effective to seek help from the coach on duty and do without clarifying the relationship.
5. Clean up after yourself
After completing the exercise, put the dumbbells back in place, remove the pancakes from the bar, fold the mat, balls, fitness rubber bands. In expensive gyms, customers may be allowed to relax and hire a janitor. But in most establishments, visitors are required to fold inventory.
This is necessary so that other athletes do not spend precious training time in the gym looking for the right weight or removing 100 kg of pancakes from the neck. In the halls, free weights are hung on racks strictly by weight.
6. Don’t leave wet spots behind
An athlete’s wet T-shirt is the result of intense training. But leaving puddles of sweat on the machines is unethical. Sweating during active exercise is difficult to control, but you can lay a towel. It will absorb moisture.
A wet bar and bench is also dangerous. The next athlete may be injured if an arm or leg slips off the apparatus.
7. Do not drop barbells and dumbbells
Safety is one of the main rules of behavior in the gym. Athletes sometimes do not calculate the load and drop the bar from their shoulders to the floor. They protect the back from injury, but automatically put people standing nearby at risk. Weights should be lowered from the top point to the floor, and not dropped.
8. Mute the sound
This applies to mobile phone calls, FM radio, speakers. Constant calls and negotiations reduce the quality of training, distract others from the exercises. Gym goers have different musical tastes – it’s not guaranteed that they will like your music. There are people who practice in silence, listening to their body and inner feelings.
Listening to music at full volume is bad form. That’s what headphones are for.
9. Don’t violate the privacy of others
Before you sit down on a bench or spread out a rug in the hall, make sure you don’t disturb another person. If you need to answer the phone urgently, leave the room and talk so as not to distract others.
Do not walk between the athlete performing the exercise and the mirror. Your movements will distract him. Without seeing his own reflection, he can easily make a mistake in technique, pull a muscle or ligament.
Respecting the privacy of others is one of the main rules of conduct in the gym.
10. Don’t teach others
This is done in the gyms by individual and on-duty trainers. You can suggest a sequence of exercises, give advice on the execution technique, if a person has asked for it. It often happens that an experienced athlete approaches a beginner on his own initiative and categorically declares: “You are doing everything wrong.”
The wording is repulsive. But how else, if an outsider publicly points out a mistake to a stranger, humiliates him? Want to help? Wait for the athlete to take a break between sets, come up and politely address him.
During a workout in the gym, you do not need to stare at others and laugh if they do not succeed. Each person has his own limit of possibilities: in the hall there will surely be athletes who surpass the laugher in physical form and endurance.
Etiquette and time of day are interconnected. In the morning, the halls are usually not crowded – you can often alternate simulators, relax anywhere. But if the hall is crowded, then the rules of conduct will have to be observed. The comfort and safety of training depends on this.