Common sense manners, old school etiquette, socially appropriate respectable behavior; call it what you want, this is reasonable stuff I’m talking about.
It doesn’t matter if you workout in a gym, yoga class, fitness class, with a personal trainer or alone with a friend. Exercising manners does matter, a lot! We have all seen, been disgusted, affected and grossed out by some pretty outrageous behavior in our workout space.
And guess what? It’s not just the students. Sometimes and especially, co-teachers can be “super-offenders.” I will get back to this in a minute.
Classic example – The sign that reads “Noble Silence” in the yoga studio, is speaking directly to you! It’s quite obvious to me that others are sitting quietly hoping to grab a few moments of quiet uninterrupted SILENCE!
Here is a list of preferred fitness etiquette doʼs and don’ts for anyone who is a part of our present workout culture. Doesn’t matter if you workout in a gym, yoga class, fitness class, with a personal trainer or alone with a friend.
Please consider the following…..
1. NOT considerate to talk on a cell phone while working out with others. Just plain rude! NOT considerate for the teacher or trainer to be on the phone either. Remember teachers/trainers you are a role model – be a good one!
Is considerate to keep your phone on vibrate and leave the room before beginning a conversation.
How about giving yourself a break and leave the phone in the car!
2. Not considerate to talk with others during a class (especially a class) or during a personal training session with others. Of course exercise is very social and should be fun.
Have fun, but…￼remember, this is not a party. Keep the chatter in check. The more you talk the less you work!
It is considerate to talk before and after your class or training session…..savor your workout time to get the most out of your workout!
3. This one really gets me…
Teachers, be a student while in another teachers class. It’s not considerate, your responsibility or your turn to be speaking out, talking over (or taking over) the teacher during class. Also known as hijacking a class!
We know you mean well, but, please wait your turn and enjoy being a student for the hour.
4. Not considerate to pretend you don’t see someone looking for a space when they walk into a crowded class.
It is considerate too smile and generously move over. Make room for others. Be kind!
5. Not considerate to be chronically late. You know who you are. Ocassional lateness is one thing…when the teacher, trainer, or your workout buddy expects you to be late…that is pathetic! Your teacher/trainer/friend probably says “oh, it’s okay” . You want to know what they are really thinking? What the %$#*& is your problem? Does the world constantly have to be put on hold for you?
It is considerate to think about the other people who are counting on you to be prompt. Practice respect and consideration for others time. It ain’t all about you!
6. This one just pisses me off – period!
Not considerate to show up to class or the gym with a sore throat, cold, cough, fever, aches or chills. And please, no one wants to hear that you just have seasonal allergies. This is down right selfish!
These days you may risk losing friends by knowingly spreading your ￼nasty germs.
It is considerate to think about not infecting others with your germs!
Give yourself a rest if you’re feeling lousy or run down. Your body will thank you and so will everyone else.
5. Not considerate to sneeze or cough on a machine or equipment and leave the disenfecting to someone else.
It is considerate to clean a machine or the equipment you have used when you are finished. Basically, clean up after yourself and PLEASE wash your hands. As a matter of fact, wash your hands thoroughly before and after your workout.
6. Not considerate to be a no show. Not considerate to be the last minute caller either. We are exhausted from all your excuses. Again, you know who you are! This is simply rude, rude, and rude!
It is considerate to be a dependable workout buddy. It is considerate to show up for an appointment with your trainer. Be that reliable person. Be that person that others know they can count on. Show respect by valuing others time. Shit happens, we all know this about life. Still, to many people wait until the last minute to cancel when they could have made the call or sent a text a day or two earlier. Show up, at least give advanced notice. You and everyone depending on you will feel so much better.
Practice showing up for yourself and chances are you will naturally start showing up for others too.
7. Not considerate not to pay for a no show or last minute, lousy excuse cancellation.
It is considerate to pay for a missed session. It is “first class” to pay without asking your teacher or trainer if they would like to be paid for their time. Be a mench and pay up!
Read here about PROPER HAND WASHING
It is considerate to wash your hands regularly. Obviously if you sneeze or cough into your hands – wash your hands! If you sneeze or cough on equipment – clean the equipment IMMEDIATELY. It is smart and considerate to carry tissue or a handkerchief with you, at all times.
Be considerate, treat others as you would like to be treated and enjoy your workout!
If you would like to add to our list of etiquette do’s and don’ts please send them on …..we will happily post your etiquette suggestions on the blog.
Go With Gusto & Grace,