Many of us go through this at our local gym or fitness centre on
a regular basis, we become increasingly frustrated as a group of
trainees chat away their experiences of the day on a bench or on
at 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 heavy weights. Or
casuals using equipment
favoured by the regulars and often looked at like pieces of personal
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. In trying to realise their New Year’s resolutions
they overcrowd the aerobics area and take over the weight room leaving
weights lying around and causing queues for equipment. Regulars
of the gym experience these problems and tempers start to flare
in a phenomenon becoming known as "Gym Rage"
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 hints below:
• Stand at the back of the aerobics class when you first
start, as you will usually find the hard-core regulars will be down
• Their are no rules that govern how many members a gym can
sign up, causing some fitness centres to become overcrowded with
everybody wanting to use them in the morning and afternoon 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. There is only
one effective way to beat the January to April rush and that is
to workout out late at night after 7.00pm
• Talking on your cell phone whilst you are working out,
this will tie up a machine or piece of equipment for a long time
causing problems. It’s recommended that you turn off your
cell phone whilst at the gym.
• 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 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 there correct place on the racks
when you're finished with them even though you might have found
them lying on the floor.
• 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 first.
• A gym isn't a social 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 leave your towel or other personal items lying
around on a bench or piece of equipment if you are not using it.
Leave your training space as clean as the way you found it. If the
equipment is unattended for more than five minutes go ahead and
use it, but be prepared to share also, let people work in with you
if the difference in weight is not too large. Leave enough space
around you so that other people can approach the weight rack and
get the equipment they need.
• 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 to and don't need to hear you screaming out
for attention. Exhaling loudly as you contract the muscles during
your set is fine.
• Don’t hog the water fountain, only take a few mouthfuls
of water and then move away, don’t fill up your huge water
bottle with cold water and leave warm drinking water for the rest
of the members.
• Follow the gyms code of conduct usually seen on the walls
of the gym or fitness centre, if trainees are not following the
code report it to management don’t take it into your own hands.
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