Annoying gym habits
Fitness is not a destination but a way of life. Going to the gym for a solo workout can be very rewarding and beneficial for those who know what they are doing. If you are like many who have no clue how to obtain “gains” or work on your cardio, then you might find yourself in a boot camp class. Here are some annoying gym habits that need to be dropped quicker than a dumbbell.
Don’t act like a diva, the word diva has many different definitions but now we are focusing on the infamous gym diva. People who think they are above everyone else. If you’re going to take a spot in the middle of the class, don not leave halfway through. Save your snobbiest for another venue please and thank you!!
Respect the machine time limits. How long is too long while using a machine at the gym? If someone is hogging a machine, don’t let that be a reason for you to get out of character. It is rude to stand and give death eyes at someone if they are dominating a machine. Kindly remind them their time is up or be creative and get your cardio in another way.
Save water!!! The showers at the gym are not attached to the water bill at home that you must pay, that does not give you the freedom to take the longest showers you have ever had. Others need to get in and rinse off as well. People tend to take extremely long showers in the bathrooms after a grueling workout. Pull yourself together and shorten those cleansing times. The world does not revolve around your hygiene needs.
Stay hydrated, water is pretty much nature’s energy drink. Drink it! If you dare go into a workout without hydrating, we cannot tell you how bad you will feel, especially if you sweat a lot. One needs to replace what one loses and water does that perfectly fine. Just get some regular water and call it a day. Be sure to stay hydrated even before you hit the gym. Always replenish what you have lost afterward as well.
Don’t use the gym as a dating site. At the gym, you meet lots of lovely singles but do not confuse your gym for a real-life dating app. While some people might be flattered that you asked them out some might even say yes, most people are at the gym to let off some steam and have a good workout. If someone had to worry about being hit on, the gym quickly becomes another place they feel anxious going to before you hit the gym.
Don’t be too talkative. The gym can be a great place to meet new friends. After all, you are all there to improve your overall health and fitness. But if you are interrupting people during their workouts, you are going to come off as rude instead of friendly. If you want to approach someone and start a conversation, gather nonverbal clues from their body language. Are they in the middle of a workout? Are they in a rest period and about to start a new set? Do they look in the zone?
Be a person with a plan. There’s no excuse to head into the gym and not have a plan ready. When you do that, you end up wasting more time than you usually would and possibly holding up others in the process. Especially if you are short on time, one should always come prepped and ready with what they are going to do. If you are going around just bouncing from one exercise to another, you are likely to focus on your favorite muscle groups while disregarding the important.
Above all, cut the circus act!!! Okay, you have a lot of muscles and strength. You are one of the strongest at your gym. We get it! But this does not permit you to test out your power in all the obscure ways you can imagine.
Written by tatenda