7 rules for gym etiquette

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It’s that time again! Time for New Year’s Resolutions, one of which is to get healthier. To do so, many people head to the gym.

Here are seven rules for gym etiquette. Follow these and your fellow exercise enthusiasts will thank you!

  1. Clean your machine after you are finished. You’d be surprised how many people fail to do this. With flu season currently here and the risk of other illnesses, including MRSA, always high where people (and germs!) congregate, it only makes sense to wipe down your machine, whether it be the treadmill, elliptical, or that weight bench.
  2. Stay home if you are sick. This goes without saying, but you’d be surprised how many folks show up at the gym hacking up a lung (and oftentimes not covering their mouths). sick person2
  3. Take cell phone conversations out of the workout area. Important calls do inevitably happen at the worst moments. When they do, be courteous.
  4. Don’t wear strong perfume. Many people have asthma and allergies. Resist the urge to shower yourself in perfume and cologne before heading to the gym. However, please do wear deodorant!
  5. Use modesty when workout choosing clothes. Make sure that you do the “bend, move, and twist” test at home. If things are hanging out, you’re wearing the wrong clothes. Make sure your outfit is not too tight, too low, or too see-through.exercise ladies
  6. Don’t be a fan stealer. In my experience as both a frequent gym user and a group fitness instructor at a couple of different gyms over the years, I have discovered that “fan” people fall into two groups. They are the pro-fanners or the anti-fanners. The pro-fanners are working out hard and need the fans on and circulating air, especially since cardio rooms tend to be stuffy and humid. The anti-fanners strongly dislike fans and don’t want them on. In my personal opinion, we need fans and they need to be on at all times. We are coming to the gym to sweat, after all. A great compromise if you are an anti-fanner, turn the fan away from you so that it’s still circulating air, but not causing you distress. And a note to pro-fanners: if someone has the fan blowing on them, don’t steal it and point it on yourself.fan
  7.  Watch your language. The best rule of thumb: keep it PG-rated, especially when it’s a gym that’s shared by families and children are present.

The best rule of all? Treat others the way you’d like to be treated – including at the gym.

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What are some of the pet peeves you’ve noticed while at the gym?

 

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the ultimate Christian playlist for a total body workout

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From warmups to cardio to cool-downs to stretches and everything in between, check  out these motivational songs (in no particular order) to add to your playlist for a total workout:

Warmup:

Upside Down – Jonny Diaz

Finding Who We Are – Kutless

Never Let You Down – Hawk Nelson

Messengers – Lecrae feat. For King and Country

Right Now – About a Mile

Eyes Up – Building 429

I Want to Know You – Sonic Flood

Break the World – Nine Lashes


Cardio:

The One I’m Running To – 7eventh Time Down

Running – Natalie Villa

Born to Live – About a Mile

Start Over – The Afters

Outta My Mind – Anthem Lights

Rise – Ashes Remain

Marvelous Light – Christy Nockels

Set it on Fire – Citizen Way

The Comeback – Danny Gokey

Secret Weapon – Disciple

Thank God for Something – Hawk Nelson

Press On (CB Ultra Remix) – Mandisa

Dear X (You Don’t Own Me) – Disciple

The List – Matthew West

Amen – Matthew West

Where I Belong – Nine Lashes

Money – Manic Drive

Vertical -1 Girl Nation

We are Brave – Shawn McDonald

Ready or Not – Britt Nicole (featuring Lecrae)

One Shot – Hawk Nelson

Give My Life Away – Big Daddy Weave

Say it Loud – Sanctus Real

Ready Set Go – Royal Tailor

Transformed – Shonlock feat. TobyMac

Unstoppable – TobyMac

Shake – MercyMe

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us – Sidewalk Prophets

Hold Me Down – Storyside:B

What a Friend – Matt Maher

Don’t Wait – Addison Road

Outcast – Kerrie Roberts

The River – Jordan Feliz

Fishers of Men – Newsboys

Tear it Up- Kutless


Cooldown:

Warrior (remix) – Hannah Kerr

All of Me – Ashes Remain

Beside Me – Cameron James

Found – Seventh Day Slumber


Stretches:

Worn – Tenth Avenue North

From the Inside Out – Seventh Day Slumber

Never Once – One Sonic Society

Leaving 99- Audio Adrenaline


If you still have a craving for more workout songs, check out The Top 50 Christian Workout Songs.

What are your favorite workout songs?