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Gym Etiquette Donts
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Gym Etiquette Donts

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Most people want to make the most of their time whether they’re at work, at home or in the gym. It seems we all want to do things a little better or more efficiently. We wanted to pass along some great tips we found in an article from editor Nicole Dossantos of The Active Times entitled “16 Things You Should Never Do at the Gym” (March 2017). We didn’t include all 16, but you’ll find plenty of food for thought.

Don’t do the same routine every day

"If you’re keen on improving your fitness, you need to move in functional and challenging ways. In order to do this, you need to change up your routine regularly. There are so many ways you can keep your exercise interesting and challenging. You can change the exercise routine itself, but you can also change the speed at which you do an exercise, the weight, the duration or repetitions, too."

Don’t forget about your cardio

"If you really want to improve your fitness and help to prevent disease and illness, don't just lift. Lifting is fantastic, but if you’re looking for overall health and wellbeing results, keep your cardio in your routine."

Don’t go too hard too soon

“Sometimes it can be intimidating working out alongside others pushing and pulling double your weight,” Debel says. “But don't push yourself too hard too soon if you know you're not up to par. Maybe you're just a beginner or you've been out of training for a while. Work at your own pace and don’t risk an injury."

Don’t train only one muscle group

“You've probably seen examples of this - the guys with biceps double the size of their quads. By focusing on just one muscle group, you neglect the rest and this can actually cause physiological problems down the track,” Debel says. “Take time each week to train each muscle group in isolation."

Don’t ignoring proper form

This is one of the most crucial parts of any exercise regime. “If you get into the habit of poor form, you're asking for an injury,” Debel says. “If you're new [to] the gym, get help from a trainer who can show you some basic form and how to use certain equipment.”

Don’t try to be a hero when you lift weights

“There is a difference between pushing yourself in the gym and then being plain old stupid. Remember you are there to enjoy your fitness journey, no one else's! Don’t risk injury by trying to be a hero.”

Don’t check all forms of social media on your phone while “resting” between sets

“This tends to happen in a more commercial gym environment,” Clark says. You know how frustrating it is when you’re waiting for a piece of equipment and someone is sitting there staring at their phone.


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