Muscle Building – Observe Proper Gym Etiquette
What does gym etiquette have to do with muscle building? Believe it or not, the gym is not a place where you work out alone. You will be sharing it with a lot of people, and you don’t want to be that guy who’ll interfere with their muscle building journey. Learning about gym etiquette is as important as knowing how to do the right exercises. If you don’t follow gym etiquette, you’ll end up ruining your chances of building muscle and others’ chances as well.
Gym etiquette is something that’s not taught, but learned. Novice lifters will not have a clue if they end up breaking the rules, but it’s important that they know about it. If it’s your first time going to the gym, you need to read about what you need to do and what you don’t want to do at the gym.
1.) Put the weights in their proper places – When you’ve done and lifted 100kgs, try to put the plates back to where you got them. The next one in line shouldn’t be the one who has to clean your mess. If you’ve made the effort to make 5 trips to put on the weight, it shouldn’t be that hard to do the same when you put them back, unless the next lifter decides to keep the weight. Bodybuilders are really strict about returning the plates, so you don’t want to make them mad.
2.) Keep chit-chatting to a minimum – It’s OK to have conversations with other lifters in the gym, but don’t be that guy who talks non-stop. When you talk, you waste your rest time and you distract your fellow lifters from doing the same. This also prevents you from focusing on doing the workout, so keep chit-chat to a minimum.
3.) Don’t drop the weights – You’re lifting heavy weights and that’s the only excuse where you’re allowed to drop the weights. If you’re deadlifting or cleaning 50kgs, that’s no excuse to drop it. Dropping weights can cause commotions and damages, where the former will also distract other gym goers from doing their own thing. Try not to be that guy who goes around dropping the 15lb and 20lb dumbbells in an effort to sound like a total lunk.
4.) Don’t hog the equipment – If your gym has limited equipment, don’t hog it all at once. If you’re bench pressing and doing incline dumbbell presses at the same time, allow people to use the equipment when you’re not using them. While supersetting requires you to keep a pace, there’s no excuse for you to hog both the bench and incline bench at the same time. You will only hinder the others from doing their own workout.
Going to the gym is more than just paying your subscription and showing up. You need to learn the different etiquette and manners involved because the gym is its own community and you don’t want to mess it up.