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I Gotta Do What?

If you've been working up a sweat at the local gym, then you have probably learned that there are "rules". You know, those things we are supposed to do or not supposed to do at the gym.  If you are a newbie, then you will likely run into a few of them soon. Rules are what help us, believe it or not, get along, stay safe, and keep gym membership costs from jumping through the roof.  Yes, you gotta do them!

  • Re-rack the weights.If you can lift them off, you can stack them back on the rack!
  • Return towels to the hamper. This is one of the biggest areas of theft in gyms.Theft, really?
  • Limit cardio time (sometimes it says "when busy").Everyone would like to at least get 30 minutes, too. Come back later to do more, if you can.
  • Let others work in with you on the equipment.Your mom taught you to share, didn't she?
  • Don't drop the weights. I have actually seen weights fall through a floor!
  • Don't wear dirty, wet shoes in the gym.Dirt and water damage equipment putting it out of commission way too often.
  • Follow the track pattern for the day. This prevents uneven wear on the track and your body.  Besides, you can avoid an accident, which I have witnessed more times than I care to count.
  • Wipe down equipment after each use. Do not spray sanitizer directly on equipment. A lot of germs get passed on equipment like MRSA. Since there are so many people, please be considerate. Your neighbor will thank you for not giving her a shower with the cleaner!
  • Youth under a certain age are not allowed in the weight area. Unless equipment is made specifically for youth, a child's size and proportions don't fit well on adult equipment.  I'm barely big enough to be on it!
  • No cell phone usage in the locker rooms. No one wants to find unauthorized pics of them on the web! Do I smell a lawsuit???
  • If you have high blood pressure,  a heart condition, or are pregnant, do not use sauna or whirlpool. Youth under a certain age aren't allowed to use them, either. Yes, we know CPR, but we don't want to have to do it on you!
  •  Please, use the machines as directed.Abusing the equipment can lead to an injury. Medic!!
  • Ask attendant/associate to change television channels. If you don't want a fist fight over t.v. stations, that is.
  • Please, use earphones for your music. If you don't like someone else's "noise", please, don't share yours.
  • Refrain from using profanity. Certainly there are more words that you can use. If not, work on building your vocab!

After working in  gyms for a number of years, I've encountered a lot of things with members and guests alike. One of the big things is the attitude of ownership, "I paid my membership! It's my right to do what I want." No, it's not.  What members and guests really pay for is the privilege to use the facility.  Since there are so many different people with different backgrounds, rules must exist for everyone's benefit.

Wow! There are a lot of rules.  Maybe your gym has some other ones, too.  There are valuable reasons to follow them. Even if you see someone else not following them, it does not excuse you from following them, too.

There are even some unwritten ones that are good to follow, such as:

  • Leave the equipment at the gym; don't take it home with you. Those kettlebells will cost you $200. Will that be cash or on your card?
  • Hailing a staff member like a cab is rude; that person has a name. Really? There is a name badge right on the front of the shirt.
  • Thou shalt wash your workout clothes! You can't smell it, but everyone else can!
  • Wear workout clothes that stay put; the gym isn't a "meat market". The rolls of whatever spills out of that bare midriff top and too tight shorts looks nasty.
  • The personal training studio is for personal training with a trainer; it's not your personal workout space in the gym. How about a six pack of training sessions and letting the trainer kick your butt and save you from yourself?
  • The staff is not your kid's babysitter; if there is childcare, please check them in there. Your kid's safety is a huge concern. Not everyone in the gym is a safe person.
  • Using weights on cardio equipment is a recipe for disaster. One smashed toe and one tread-rashed member equals a call to EMS!

Thank you for being a good neighbor in the gym. You will appreciate other people and they will appreciate you. Most important of all, everyone is safe. Happy exercising!

Many blessings to you!

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