Posted by admin | April 19, 2011 | No Comments » |
The convenience of an onsite gym in your Chicago luxury condo inspires many to take an active interested in achieving a healthy lifestyle. However, the intimate and personalized routine that develops can sometimes create a tense atmosphere among other gym-goers. Knowing a few etiquette tips can help you appreciate the amenities at your disposal, while protecting your neighborly reputation.
Here are a few tips to help make your gym experience respectful and enjoyable.
Share equipment. If you’re doing multiple sets on the same machine, it is common courtesy to let others ‘work-in’ during your rest periods. If you are on a rigid workout plan, you are often engaging in multiple ‘reps’ on the same machine, however you can easily avoid frustration and confrontation by simply allowing others to jump in.
Clean up. Not only is cleaning equipment after use sanitary, but it’s also respectful to both gym employees and fellow gym members. Most gyms offer strategically located wipes or spray bottles/towels in order to promote this behavior. If you like the gym you belong to, help maintain its equipment and cleanliness so you can continue to enjoy the atmosphere and amenities for many years.
Exercise, not socialize. If you enjoy socializing while exercising, it’s extremely important to remember that it is not a preference that suits everyone’s “work-out personality.” Some people utilize the gym as both a place to improve physical health and to meet people, however some gym-goers are a little more hardcore and prefer an interrupted mental state while exercising.
Appropriate noise level. Whether it’s talking to the person next to you, listening to music in your headphones, chatting on your cell phone or grunting underneath the weight of a machine, it’s extremely important to maintain an appropriate volume level so as not to disturb the rest of the patrons.
Respect equipment. Increasing your weights and pushing your limits is important to any avid gym member, however, there is no need to use equipment that is simply too heavy. Dropping or throwing weights down after use is not only damaging to the equipment, but it could you put you and those around you in a great deal of danger. If you are considering increasing your weight, consider using a spotter to help you out until you feel more comfortable.
Dress appropriately. It’s important to remember that the gym is not your private home, and though it’s great to be confident, it’s important to maintain a comfortable atmosphere for all users. Try not to wear outfits that are too revealing or distracting. It’s also important to wash your workout clothes as often as possible to avoid unwanted odor at the gym and in your home or car.
It’s sometimes difficult to remember these manners and protocols when you’re mind is ‘in the zone’, but polite behavior is a simple action that benefits workers, building managers and tenants alike. If you appreciate a clean respectful gym, then you can help maintain that luxury atmosphere by adhering to these simple tips.