Fit Tip Friday: 6 Rules of Gym Etiquette
We’ve all been there. You’re minding your own business on your favorite treadmill at the gym, when all of a sudden a Pam Anderson look-alike pops on the machine next to you while chatting on her cell phone (which is held securely in her sports bra smashed between her double Ds) and dropping the latest issues of US Weekly and OK! Magazine.
Yep, it’s January, and the annoying gym-goers will no doubt be taking up residence in a sports club near you. And while we totally support anyone taking a step toward bettering themselves in 2013, we have to admit, we don’t love the inevitably crowded gyms that come along with the new year.
We chatted with Lori Pines, a lawyer in New York who was fed up with the bad manners and horrible gym etiquette displayed by her fellow exercising patrons, and even wrote a book, The Little Book of Gym Etiquette, to address the situation.
What inspired you to write The Little Book of Gym Etiquette?
This book practically wrote itself while I was working out at various gyms. All I had to do was look around, and I couldn’t help but notice many incredible breaches of gym etiquette. Some of what I saw was funny, and some was just plain disgusting. I knew I just had to write about the topic.
What are your six rules, and which is the most important in your opinion?
1. Don’t be a slob
2. Don’t be a hog
3. Don’t be a space invader
4. Don’t be a super-talker
5. Don’t be a grouch
6. Don’t be an exhibitionist
Each of the six rules is very important, but if I had to pick one, I would say the hogs probably annoy me the most.
Have you ever confronted an offender in the gym before? How would you suggest that we approach a cell phone talker, equipment hog, or other culprit?
I have never confronted an offender directly. I think it is probably best to contact the owner or manager of the gym and have them deal with it.
Do you think gyms could do a better job to educate their guests on gym etiquette?
Absolutely! I think keeping several copies of The Little Book of Gym Etiquette around is a good place to start.
We think it might be a good idea to breach one of Lori’s rules and “accidentally” leave a copy lying around in your gym! Pick up a few here!
xx, The FabFitFun Team