Preparations for the Gym and Proper Gym Etiquette

Okay, so you’re interested in working out. What do you need to bring?

1. WATER!! Take enough water. I like to take at least a liter of water, but most times I’ll walk in with a gallon jug. It’s the only right way to do it.

2. Shoes. Whether it be Tennis/Running/Walking/Basketball, it really does not make much of a difference. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and allow you to have good posture. I’ve been in the shoe industry so I know that you shouldn’t get sucked up into the hype that you need the best XXX brand gym shoes. They won’t affect your lifts. Just make sure you’re comfortable and you can maintain proper form with the shoes. NO SANDALS!

3. Towel. You’re going to sweat. It happens. Bring your own towel. Wipe your own sweat. Period.

4. Music Player and Earbuds/Headphones. How can you work out without pumping yourself up? Download or stream music that gets your blood flowing. That next upbeat tempo could be the reason why you’re able to do that extra 10 lbs of lifts.

5. Workout Gloves. If you’re like me, you don’t like huge callouses in your hands. Workout gloves can help prevent most of them. However, if you’re a serious lifter, you might opt out of these gloves so you can maximize your grip and maximize your weight. Well then, kudos to you, good sir.

 

With that said, learn some proper gym etiquette! There are just too many gym douchebags who don’t respect the gym and don’t respect other people. These assholes are everywhere and at every gym. They need to pull their heads out of their asses.

1. Re-rack your weights! You just loaded that machine to lift them. Why wouldn’t you put it back after you’ve finished? Are you that much of a douche? Think of it as an extra set.

2. Wipe down after you use your weights / machines / whatever. No one wants to sit in the residue of your pungent sweat. Clean that nasty crap up.

3. Re-rack your weights!

4. If the gym is busy, let someone in between sets. Don’t be that retard that sits on your spot for 3 minutes, resting when someone could get a set in. Be considerate, for God’s sake.

5. Be patient if someone is using the weights. Don’t expect other people to allow you to get a quick set in while they’re doing their workout. Just be patient. You can kindly ask how many sets they have left and if they have a lot, then follow up if you can work in sets between them.

6. Don’t hog the weights. I don’t care what superset you’re on, don’t take the entire set of dumbbells because you have no idea what the hell you’re doing. You only need one set (maybe two in certain cases).

7. Get off that cell phone. Why are you even on it? Turn that crap off.

8. Don’t tell other people what they’re doing wrong. Chances are you’re doing it wrong, too.

9. Lower your music. No one should be able to hear you listening to ABBA while you’re working out. I don’t care how fairy you are.

10. Wear deodorant. It’s because you smell. Yes, you do.

11. Re-rack your weights. Did I mention this?

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