DON’T LEAVE YOUR MANNERS IN THE
KEEP IT CLASSY IN CLASS
Give yourself a few minutes to get settled before the class starts. That means, mat down, water bottle filled, and whatever else you may need ready and waiting. Don’t be that person who disrupts the class by cruising in late.
DON’T SAVE SPACES
Want to put down a water bottle or towel to save a spot for that friend who’s running late—who might also be a no-show? While it’s a nice thought, it’s rude to the others trying to find a space of their own.
SILENCE YOUR PHONE
There is nothing worse than the reverie of your shavasana being interrupted by the jarring ring of a cell phone. And don’t even THINK about answering it!
KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO CHAT
Classes are enjoyable in a large part because of the camaraderie. It’s fun to find friends with similar interests, and can help keep us motivated to work out. While Zumba and Cardio Funk are high energy, allowing for conversation between songs, yoga and Pilates require silence and meditation.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
Many times classes are packed to capacity, and you barely have room to stretch. Be aware of the people next to you, and stagger your position to avoid bumping them. Sometimes though, it’s impossible to sidestep, so if you do collide, apologize and laugh it off. No dirty looks, please!
Generally speaking, if someone is wearing headphones while doing cardio, they are not down for idle chatter. So unless the person on the elliptical next to you is your long-lost best friend, abstain from engaging them in conversation.
NO CELL ZONE
Chatting on your phone while on the treadmill can be hazardous to your health, so be sure to take any urgent calls to the locker room. It’s not only dangerous, it’s distracting to the people nearby.
If you get lucky and there are plenty of vacant machines, leave some space between you and the next person. Conversely, if you notice two people who want to workout side-by-side, and there’s no space, offer to move down when possible. That will bring you good gym karma.
WEIGHTING IT OUT
KEEP IT MOVING
Don’t hang out on a machine, sitting there texting or chatting on your phone while someone else is waiting. On the flip side, if you’re the one waiting, don’t hover. And if someone asks to “work in” with you, say yes. It’s good for your muscles to have time to recover, and taking turns with someone keeps things moving. Who knows, you might just find a workout buddy!
CLEAN IT UP
It’s great to work up a sweat, but don’t leave it behind for the next person. Wipe down your entire workout area, handles included, and throw away the paper towels, while you’re at it. A germ-free gym is a healthy gym.
RETURN TO SENDER
If you’re using free weights, kettlebells, or any other portable equipment, put it back when you’re finished. Think of the extra calories you’ll burn!