Gym Etiquette

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Question: I just joined a gym and like a lot of people I am making my New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get in shape. I will say I was intimidated being there and wanted to know if there is some gym etiquette I should know?
Answer: There is no real written code but there are rules which boil down to simple good manners.
For the older, experienced members, you need to accept that at the beginning of the year a flood of new people will be in the gym who are excited and nervous about trying to start a new fitness program just as you did at one point. If they interrupt your training by sitting on a machine or bench you need to politely request to work in with them and take a moment to explain how to properly or most effectively do the exercise.
As a new member try not to take up residence on a bench or machine between sets. The best way to avoid doing that is to have a plan for your workout. For your first day, plan on a light workout by choosing one or two exercises for each bodypart and performing one set of each of those exercises. Get familiar with the layout of the gym and as you continue to workout begin to add exercises to your routine.
Within one or two workouts you should be comfortable with your surroundings. If the equipment you need is in use politely remain a few feet away while the set is going on. Once the set is complete, ask if you can work in or how many sets the person has left. By doing these few things you will fit in nicely and quickly become one of the regulars.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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