We all know that gym guy; he screams too loud, doesn’t re-rack his weights, sings rap lyrics out loud and hits on every girl that dares to use the adductor machine. If you’re lucky enough, your gym has one of these guys, most gyms have several variations of this human.
We all know that girl; she shows up to the gym practically naked, with perfect hair and makeup, turns every exercise into a photo-shoot, spends more time setting up her camera and selfie-ing than actually working out, God forbid you ever have to use a machine that she’s on, she will hold that thing hostage until the battery on her iPhone dies – and you better pray that there isn’t an outlet close by.
If you don’t recognize any of these common gym types you might be one of them, in which case you should definitely read on.
Headphones are a gym-goer’s do not disturb sign – Understand one thing: Music is a key ingredient for getting into and staying in the zone during your workout. That being said, recognize when other people are in their zone and DO NOT attempt to start a conversation when somebody has their headphones on. If I take out ONE earbud, we are having a brief conversation, TWO earbuds, you have my attention. Earbuds or headphones staying on? No conversation to be had today, it’s not personal. You can always message me or come see me at my Popeye’s Supplements stores.
Don’t take up equipment while you selfie – If you take too long on a machine, we are now sharing that machine. It’s your right if you want to spend your time scrolling through Instagram or talking on the phone (as loud as you possibly can), but when you’re on extended rest, I’m going to kill my set like you’re killing your data plan.
Don’t stare without saying anything – If we make eye contact, you have 3 options; say something, nod, or look away. Staring is never polite and staring for extended periods of time is psychotic behavior and has no place in the gym environment.
Unsolicited gym advice – Anybody who is willing to give you advice on an exercise or movement without knowing your purpose is either full of shit or just trying to hit on you. Either way, it’s annoying especially if it takes you out of your zone. If you haven’t asked someone for help or their opinion and they give it anyway, do not give them the time of day (see headphone rules above).
Bonus tip (Change room Etiquette) Don’t talk to me when you’re naked – Now’s not the time bro. Seriously.
These are some of my gym rules, I would love to hear some of yours. Leave your comments below.