Eva Knott 6:37 p.m., May 25
Have you ever been at the gym and found yourself re-racking 315lbs of plates before you can use the squat rack? Have you gone to the open area usually reserved for stretching or abs only to find it covered with abandoned dumbbells, a movable bench, and a fitness ball; the orphaned children of someone’s circuit training?
Should you be able to smell someone walk by? Should you be forced to smell the remains of someone’s dinner from two days ago?
Here are some basic gym etiquette suggestions.
Re-rack our weights. If we have the muscle to bench press 205lbs then we have the muscle to put those four plates back on to the weight rack. We don’t always know who is going to use a piece of equipment after we’re done. Why make a 75-year-old struggle to re-rack our weights just so he can do his physical therapy? It’s like going to someone’s house and not flushing the toilet. Yes, the next person will flush it for us but perhaps we can act like big kids and do it ourselves.
In the same vein, if we assemble a hardcore circuit with box jumps and Bosa Balls and dumbbells, we must also unassemble it. If we don’t, we’re like the person at work who explodes our lunch in the microwave and just leaves it. We’re too busy and important to be bothered with such trivial issues as cleaning up a mess we made. Let the lesser beings of the world clean up after us.
Smells at the gym are unacceptable. Yes, in high school we would go all week without washing our practice uniform. That smell can be nostalgic. It can also be nauseating. If we worked-out in it yesterday, or the day before, or the day before that, it belongs in the laundry not on our bodies at the gym for all to smell.
Farting at the gym? Yes, it happens. Stop it.