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Don't make urself look like an idiot at the gym!
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:24:39 PM »
I can't even tell you how many idiots I
see at the gym each day. Me, as well
others who workout regularly, have
developed a keen eye for spotting gym
"noobs" who have absolutely no idea
what they're doing. It's not that I care
that people look dumb when working
out...I really don't, what bothers me is
a) that people are cheating themselves
out of a solid workout and b) that they
make the gym environment less
enjoyable for everyone else. Where do
you think all of the stereotypes about
regular gym-goers came from? Those
jackasses. Abide by the following ten
rules of gym etiquette and you'll
instantly look more experienced and
professional, but most importantly
you'll give others the best possible
chance to have a kick ass workout.
1. Get the !@#$ off your cell phone.
This is my #1 pet peeve among all else,
even more so than the lazy ass people
who stand still on the airport moving
walkways (they're not rides). The gym
is a place to bust-ass and work hard,
NOT check your voice mail, text, make
calls, or check e-mail. If you're on your
phone your work ethic is immediately
discredited and you appear as if you
really don't give a **** about what
you're doing. Exercise with purpose and
with intensity...it's the only way you'll
achieve your goals. Get rid of all the
distractions, your cell phone is a biggy.
My only exception to this is the iPhone
because of it's iPod functionality.
2. Put back your weights. If you use
dumbbells or load a barbell, be
courteous and return what you used
back to its original spot. I have two
major reasons for this. 1) If a barbell is
loaded or dumbbells are sitting next to
a bench it signals to other lifters that
the equipment is still in use. If you
leave weights behind it prevents others
from using the equipment. 2) Why
should someone else have to clean up
after your lazy ass? If you use
equipment it's NOT the job of other
lifters or gym employees to move the
weights that you used. It takes
unnecessary time and energy to return
weights, re-rack your weights after
you're done.
3. Don't stand in front of weight racks.
If you're using dumbbells use them
away from the rack. I can't tell you
how frustrating it is when I'm trying to
get a set of dumbbells, but some idiot
is doing curls right in front of the rack
blocking it. It's really not difficult, just
move to an open area and move on
your way.
4. Stop admiring yourself. Everyone
loves looking at themselves...admiring
the herculean body they've sculpted,
but remember you're in a public place.
Staring at yourself, flexing excessively,
and pulling up your shirt to show off
your abs all fall into the category of
being a conceited jackass. You look like
an idiot, everyone around you thinks
you're an idiot (and I mean everyone),
and trust me you don't look good or
cool no matter how sexy your body is.
Do it in the locker room or in the
privacy of your own home.
5. Stop hitting on women. This one's
mainly for guys, but a huge no-no is
trying to pick up women in the gym.
Women at the gym are typically
focused on one thing, their workout,
and they don't want to be bothered by
some meat head throwing around
inappropriate remarks. I guarantee you
that they'll ignore you or give you a
disgusted look, and really what you're
doing is throwing off their workout and
making yourself look stupid. Respect a
woman's space and focus and leave
her be. If she asks for help or advice
that's one thing, but keep everything
appropriate and friendly.
6. Respect people's space when they're
working. If someone is in the process of
working out, DO NOT talk to them, ask
if you can use the equipment next,
distract them, or crowd their space
(this is assuming they're not standing
in front of the weight rack, in that case
do what you want). It's beyond
disrespectful to interfere with someone
when they're smack dab in the middle
of a hard ass set, pushing themselves
to hit a new max. Wait until they finish
their set and then kindly move along
with your business.
7. Don't be a hog. Gyms are a public
place, nobody owns any of the
equipment. Often gyms get really
crowded, equipment gets backed up,
and people are forced to wait to use
what they want. If you know others are
waiting, accommodate them by offering
to work in with them (switch off), or
simply go a little faster. Also, if you're
resting in between sets do not sit on
the equipment. Get off until your next
set so that it gives others a chance to
use it. There's no reason you should
have to skip an exercise because
equipment is occupied. Kindly ask if
you can work in and they should more
than happily agree to share.
8. Don't be obnoxious. Don't throw
weights, grunt, yell, scream, or making
stupid noises. You look like an idiot
and sound like an idiot. Breathe under
control and lower weights slowly. If you
have to throw weights down when
you're done that means they're way too
heavy.
9. Do some research. One of the things
that bothers me most is when people
use awful form. So many people flail
weights around like floppy fish,
throwing their arms everywhere back
and forth, thinking that they're actually
doing something productive. They're
not. Using proper form and doing
exercises correctly is so important for
getting maximal results and preventing
injury. Get your thighs parallel to the
ground on squats. Tuck your elbows
into your sides during bicep curls and
triceps extensions. Don't arch your
back during deadlifts. Raise and lower
weights in a slow, controlled manner.
These are fundamental skills that so
many people lack. Do a little research,
watch a YouTube video, or ask an
experienced friend...it doesn't matter. It
takes a little bit of work to vastly
improve the quality of your workout.
Besides being more effective, you'll
automatically look 100x more
experienced and proficient.
10. Wipe down. If you sweat all over a
bench or machine, wipe it down with
some disinfectant. Noone wants your
sweat or germs on their clothes.

 

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