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Posted 12 March 2013 by Brandan Fokken

Things You Don’t


Do In The Gym Part 2

Things you don’t do in the gym: Part 2

1. Did you really just do that?

Do not spit into the drinking fountain.

For one thing it’s just not sanitary. It can spread sickness, make people stray away from consuming water while they are working out which can lead to becoming dehydrated, and who wants to sit and stare at your big glob of spit while they are taking a drink? Nobody, that’s who. To add to this, if you chew, save it for after the gym. Do not walk around the gym with a water bottle to spit into or even worse don’t spit your chew into the drinking fountain either. The people working out will appreciate it, as will the staff that has to clean up after you.

2. Clean it up

When was the last time your mom worked at your local gym to clean up after you?...Never? Well then don’t assume the gym staff, or the other gym members want to assume her roll. If you are strong enough to put the weights on or take them off the rack, then you are strong enough to put them back. When you leave weight out or on a machine, people will assume that someone is using the equipment and bypass that part of their workout, in turn messing up their set program. Also make sure you put them back in their proper place. You may have also loaded up a squat rack or hammer machine and the next person to use it is half your size. The last thing they want to do is unload all the weight you left on, and that’s if they even can. So be courteous, take the time to clean up after yourself. You will have a much cleaner and less cluttered gym to workout in and the other people using the facility will appreciate it.

3. Is that what it’s used for?

Do you brush your hair with a tooth brush? I’m sure with enough time it could do the job, but you would look ridiculous doing it. A squat rack is called a squat rack for a reason, to squat. So why do people do curls in the squat rack? Most every gym you go into has adequate weights for you to do your arm workout, so keep it to the normal designated areas, and leave the squat rack for people wanting to do heavier movements like squats and deadlifts. The people that use the squat rack for it given purpose don’t come over grab a curl bar, and start squatting right in front of the dumbbell rack do they, and if they do they need to stop too. Keep your workouts where they are supposed to be and everyone in the gym will benefit from it.

4. Everyone’s a trainer

So you’ve been working out for three months? This does not make you an expert or a trainer. So do not pretend to be one. Don’t go around telling people what’s wrong with their workouts, or what they should be doing instead. You could seriously injure someone if they do take your advice, and if they don’t you just look like an idiot preaching to people about things you don’t know. You will give other trainers a bad name and could hurt the business of some by displaying improper movements to people and in turn causing them to lose faith in the help of others. If training is something you want to do, take the time to learn the proper form and movements. Go to school and get a degree, do a job shadow, and get certified. Even then you are still new to things, so start off slow and work within the boundaries of your experience and branch out from there.

5. It can wait

If you see someone that’s into their workout with a headset on, odds are they do not want to be bothered. So unless your teeth are on fire and you don’t know where the water fountain is, you should refrain from bothering someone that’s trying to get their workout done. People go to the gym to relax, wind down from a long day, get in a great workout, make progress, etc. Some wear a head set to help block out everything around them, and focus. So unless it’s important, whatever it is you have to say can wait until they are done.

Part 1 -  things you don't do in the gym

Written by Bodybuilding.com sponsored athlete Brandan Fokken: Fanpage

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