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Friday Faves: Proper Gym Etiquette

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Happy Friday Loves.  Last night during my workout I witnessed several gym faux pas’ and I didn’t know what to do.  On one hand I should really just mind my own business, get through my workout and go home to relax.  However the germ-a-phobic in me says that I should say something to the person who committed the faux pas as well as the person who uses the machine after them.

What would you do?

Having a gym membership is a contract.  We agree to pay a monthly fee and abide by the gym rules and in return we get access to the gym equipment, services and classes.  It seems pretty easy right?  So then why is it that grown adults can’t be bothered to wipe down their machines after their workout, take a quick shower before they come to the gym and wash their hands so they don’t spew their sweat all around the public place?  I mean is that really too much to ask?!

Can we all please have a little bit of gym manners!

Wipe down your equipment

This is proper gym etiquette 101, is it not?  It’s right there in black and white in the gym membership agreement.  Why is it so hard for people to do this?  After running longer and faster than me on the treadmill next to me this man simply stretched out his legs and walked away from the machine.  Of course this was after the leaned up against and touched his incredibly sweaty hands and other body parts all over the machine.

At first I thought he was just going to get water or get the paper towels and disinfectant to clean the machine… but then he didn’t come back.   So what’s a girl to do?  I wanted to walk over to him – Oh Yeah he continued working out on weight machines – and tell him to clean his machine, but that’s really not my place.

Don’t take up more space than you need

There is nothing worse than someone who is using one weight bench and places all their belongings on another bench.  Why do people sprawl their stuff all over the gym as if it was their bedroom?  This is gym behavior that I will never understand.

Come to the gym in some form of clean

It’s extremely hard for me to concentrate on running when the man on the treadmill beside me smells like a cow’s bottom.  It’s distracting and all I can think about is how gross he is.  Instead of focusing on my posture and listing to my music all I do is pray to the higher powers that none of his stank splashes over on me.

I know it’s a gym and a certain amount of sweat is bound to occur during a workout, but if you smell before you even get to the gym imagine what your body odor will be like after a 45 minute workout.  Totally. Gross.

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TK

TK is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. She started blogging in 2009 after the market crash. TK enjoys helping people plan their retirement, pay off debt, invest wisely, live on a budget and enjoy happy financial lives. You can see what she's up to on Twitter @TahnyaKristina.

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