is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly,
itís about your behavior and how you respectfully treat
others. After all, isnít etiquette the invisible glue that
holds civilized societies together?
obvious answer is a resounding yes! Unfortunately, nowhere is
this loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. Is it
the technology, permissive parenting, or are schools to blame
for these obvious lapses in common sense and manners?
canít pinpoint the exact root causes for these poor
behaviors, here I endeavor to shed a little light on them.
Last year I thought Iíd seen it all when I wrote the dirty
dozen gym habits. Sadly, this year, Iíve discovered 12 more
ways to improve your gym behavior.
THE DOOR OPEN. Yeah, I know youíre eager to do your workout,
but surely you can hold the door for 5 seconds for the next
guy or gal behind you. What does it really cost you to show a
small act of kindness and courtesy to your fellow gym member?
So come on, be nice and hold the door. I promise, it wonít
ruin your workout.
YOU CANíT SAY SOMETHING NICE, SAY NOTHING AT ALL. This wise
phrase popularized by the character Thumper in Disneyís
"Bambi," is not only worth repeating, but are words
to live by. Donít offer your unsolicited advice to other gym
members. Donít comment that someone is either too thin or
fat, or ask another woman if her boobs or hair are real.
Remember your manners. Just think about how you might feel if
someone said something rude or asked you an inappropriate
question. In general, keep your personal comments to yourself.
Your unwelcome criticisms or comments will not be appreciated.
So put a lid on it.
THE DUMBBELLS. Remember to share the equipment. You can do
only one exercise at a time, and itís just plain old
selfishness to hog equipment and not share. If a fellow member
wants to work in a set during the resting phase of your
workout, be gracious and let him or her get in a set, too.
SPIT IN THE WATER FOUNTAIN. Please. While this should be
common sense, Iíve actually seen more than one person guilty
of this heinous offense. No, I couldnít believe it either.
BE A GRINCH. Rain or shine, some people manage to always have
a frown on their face, with a bad attitude to match. Give up
the grinch and smile a little. You can smile at the staff, and
it would also be nice if you remember their names. Being
pleasant will add exponential benefits to your workout and
GUM CHEWER. While this should go without saying, smacking,
cracking and popping chewing gum is totally unacceptable
behavior. Oddly, from what Iíve seen, women are the worst
CUSSING. Please leave your foul language at home. No one wants
to be subjected to your nasty language. Increasingly, without
the slightest discretion, and in the public area, people are
throwing F-bombs left and right. Beyond inappropriate, using
foul language in public demonstrates a lack of respect for
oneself and others.
PAVAROTTI, YOUíRE NOT. Perhaps, with your headphones on, you
do not realize how loud you are singing or how annoying it is
to others. Please stop. Reserve your vocal talents for karaoke
night or your shower at home.
CELLPHONES. Limit your cellphone usage. Itís rude. Donít
try to run on the treadmill for an hour while talking on your
cell. Now everybody knows about your urinary incontinence
operation, and thatís entirely too much information. Thank
TO CLASS. When you are late for an aerobics or dance class donít
skip to the front. This is rude to both the instructor and
your fellow classmates. If you want to be near the instructor
then get there on time. Otherwise, be discreet and stay in the
COVER UP. Please stop mooning members. Other members are not
interested or amused by your nakedness. Show a little
discretion and use a towel or robe.
BATHROOM BEHAVIOR. If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be sure to
clean off the toilet seat for the next person.