Know the Basics of Fitness Center Etiquette

Chances are if you work out regularly in a gym or fitness center, you’ve encountered behavior committed by other patrons that can interfere with your routine. Workout facilities are often crowded, so following a few gym etiquette rules helps everyone have a more enjoyable session. Most people know the basics of acceptable gym behavior, but there may be a few behaviors you don’t realize are frowned upon by your fellow fitness fanatics.

Crowded workout facilities translate to being up-close-and-personal with others. If you’re sick and you want to sweat the sickness out of your system, do it at home. Don’t infect everyone else by showing up at the gym and passing your germs around by sneezing, coughing, and then touching the equipment. Wash your gym clothes and your body before heading to the gym. Just about everyone has experienced a situation of working out next to someone who doesn’t observe good hygiene. However, don’t douse yourself with a layer of strong-smelling deodorant or perfume. This can be just as overwhelming as body odor.

Be courteous. Never leave a pool of body fluid on the equipment. Wipe down handles, seats, and anything else you’ve touched. Monopolizing a piece of equipment frustrates others. Fellow patrons have the same or similar fitness goals. Rotating through the equipment allows others equal time. Always re-rack weights when you’re done. Leaving them on the floor can cause someone to trip. Watch your language. Not everyone appreciates off-color jokes or cussing.

Mountainside Fitness offers 17 different locations in the Phoenix area, focusing on a positive, friendly environment and a high-quality fitness facility. Designed to provide a workout that is both flexible and challenging, Mountainside Fitness provides a wide range of strength-building and conditioning equipment, free weights, and fitness classes. Indoor one-on-one or team basketball games, performance-building group workouts, cycle classes, or calming and invigorating yoga sessions are also offered.

At Mountainside Fitness, patrons receive a complimentary fitness consultation to get them on the right track to better overall health. Take advantage of the full-service locker rooms, free towel service, wifi, a cafe, as well as sauna and steam rooms. For more information, or to sign up for a free 5-day pass, visit the Mountainside Fitness website.