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Many of us go through this at the gym on a regular basis, we become increasingly frustrated as a group of people chat away their experiences of the day on a piece of equipment for fifteen minutes while you are waiting to use it, or someone is standing directly in front of the barbell rack doing tiny lateral raises when you want to get at the really big weights, or casuals using equipment like pieces of personal furniture for their own use.
All this builds up stress especially between the months of January and April when the newcomers hit the gyms and fitness centres in an attempt to lose the weight gained over the Christmas and New Year period. During this testing time, all gym-goers, both new and experienced and the employees of the fitness clubs know that the newcomers usually only last until April and after that their good intentions run out. To help you through this stressful time have a look at and follow some of the tips below.
Avoid Gym Rage
Change up your training times.
In some cases, there are no rules that govern how many members a gym can sign up, causing some gyms to become overcrowded with everybody wanting to use them in the morning and evening on their way to and from work. So try to plan your visit to the gym a little earlier than usual or later in the day or evening.
Turn off your mobile phone.
Talking on or using your mobile phone whilst you are working out, this sometimes means that you will tie up a machine or piece of equipment for a long time. Turn off your phone whilst at the gym, or better still leave it in the locker.
Don’t hog the machines.
Try not to go over the time limits set on the particular machine you are using. If there is a time limit please stick to it. The thing that annoys most people is the way people sit on a machine knocking out set after set. By performing one set to muscular failure and moving on will free up the machines for use by the next person.
Wipe the machines down after use.
Try not to leave your sweat on the piece of equipment you have just used, use a towel to separate yourself from the machine while you make use of it and wipe it down thoroughly after use.
Don’t be so loud!
Don’t drop the weights onto the ground and don’t clang them loudly as this is very off-putting to the other members. Make sure you return the weights to their correct place on the racks when you’re finished with them even though you might have found them lying on the floor.
Are you done with that?
One thing you don’t want to do is constantly ask people if they’ve finished using a machine when they’re obviously still exercising on it. If anything the trainee will try to sit on it longer just to annoy you. Be patient; don’t interrupt them while they are lifting, wait until they finish their set to ask.
A gym isn’t a night club.
Don’t stand around in large groups chatting especially if you have a machine in use, do your talking in the locker room or at reception.
Don’t scream when you are going for that personal best lift.
Remember that the others around you are concentrating on their own work out too and don’t need to hear you screaming out for attention. Oohs and arghs belong in the bedroom! Exhaling loudly as you contract the muscles during your set is fine.
Follow the gyms code of conduct usually seen on the walls of the gym or fitness center, if trainees are not following the code report it to management, don’t take it into your own hands.
- Danny Loeb is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Model and Writer. He enjoys blogging about health and fitness, messing around with Photoshop, and sharing his experiences with everyone.
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