Whether you’re a beginner in the gym or the rule enforcer, there are a few guidelines that you would like to follow in order to earn the respect from your “fellow” training partners and save yourself from possible embarrassing moments. The unspoken rule book consists of rules from how to treat your equipment to how you should treat yourself.
Here is how to earn respect from day one and save yourself from a lot of headaches along the way.
Rule #1 Whatever you use as equipment, return it on its original place.
Remember how your mother taught you to return your toys to your closet ? Well, you had years and years to put that into practice. Return the weights to their place bro. Nobody is responsible for the plates and dumbbells you train with but you. And besides, your momma is not here to re-rack them for you.
Rule #2 Know how you smell before you enter the gym. Wash your gym clothes upon usage; nobody should smell your yesterday`s workout clothes. When it comes to smelling fresh and clean, have a rotation of at least two to three gym outfits and a stick of deodorant on call.
Rule #3 Wipe the sweat that you`re leaving behind upon using the training machines. Nobody wants to be the next person training on a machine with your sweat scattered everywhere.
Even though your risk is relatively low of actually catching a really nasty bug at the gym, wiping up is more than just polite. Remember that it’s gross to lie down into a puddle of someone else’s perspiration on the bench press.
Rule #4 Also, another rule on sweat, don’t jump in and spot someone on the bench press if your forehead is soaking wet.
Rule #5 Stop putting yourself first in front of the mirror. Nobody behind you, wants to see you while they`re exercising. Don’t be the guy who spends more time in front of mirrors than the Evil Queen in Snow White.
Rule #6 Don’t be a poser, meaning stop posing double bicep moves next to someone who’s actually doing hard work. Not cool at all.
Rule # 7 When doing exercises involving dumbbells there`s no need to perform them next to the dumbbell rack, there should be a clear passage for other gym members.
Rule # 8 If you`re one of those that wear a belt for every set of every workout, we have a message for you: You look like a dork!
Rule # 9 This one is for men only: If there`re female members at the gym, stop starring at them and show some respect.
Rule # 10 Train your legs, its essential!
Rule # 11 Your shaker is meant for shaking; meaning it should contain more than water.
Rule # 12 Never unload a barbell unless you` re positively sure that no one is using it.
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