Wikipedia’s definition of the word etiquette is “a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior.” Oh how this formal definition can pertain to what we meatheads call “gym etiquette”.
Where did this fine practice in the gym go lately? When you started working out, I’m sure you heard this phrase thrown around quite a bit.
If I were grading today’s so-called bodybuilders on their gym etiquette, they would all FAIL miserably! I come from the old school (showing my age again) and I was taught proper gym etiquette from the old timers.
Why was this important?
Well, because I don’t want to be “that guy” in the gym who doesn’t put their weights away or wipe off my sweat on the equipment for the next victim. Personally I don’t want to lie down on a sweaty bench after some hairy beast in a tank top in the middle of summer just got done with it. I wipe all my equipment down with an anti-bacterial disinfectant in the squirt bottles next to the paper towel dispenser scattered throughout the gym. I even use a gym towel to lie on during my sets. Yes, that is what those squirt bottles are for, not to clean the mirrors so you can check yourself out during your next set.
I also take ALL my weights off after I’m done with an exercise. It seems the proper etiquette today is to leave at least 1-2 x 45lb plates per side, and those are the nice meatheads.
Most of the time, I see pencil legged guys stacking the leg press with way too much weight, grunting for all to hear, doing quarter half reps and then walking away. I have seen many upset women walk up to that loaded up leg press mumbling words I cannot write here (it’s a family blog) and giving that evil woman glare to that guy.
In summary, please don’t be that guy and do us all a favor as we all need to use the gym as one big happy, dysfunctional family. If you are unsure of today’s gym etiquette, please ask us old timers. We would be glad to educate you.