MILD-MANNERED: Peter Stringer, at Bodiez Fitness in West Ipswich, shows how not to behave while at the gym.
MILD-MANNERED: Peter Stringer, at Bodiez Fitness in West Ipswich, shows how not to behave while at the gym. Rob Williams

Exercise a bit of courtesy, gym fans

EVEN at a gym - a place where sleeveless shirts, profuse sweating and mild grunting are perfectly acceptable - there is a code of etiquette.

And when a person doesn't adhere to it, it can make a couple of hours of painful exercise an even more painful experience for others.

Bodiez 24/7 Fitness in West Ipswich owner Darren Jolley said gym etiquette was all about common courtesy and a little tolerance.

But he said there was always an occasional few who chose to leave their good manners at the door each time they entered the gym.

"Wiping down machines after use, for example, is a key gym rule," he said. "Either by using a towel or the gym wipes we have available.

"It's a matter of making sure germs and sweat don't linger on the machines.

"There's nothing worse than getting on a piece of equipment that's wet, and wondering if it's a cleaning product or the previous user's sweat.

"As a gym owner, I like to keep a clean and hygienic club because then people will want to use it more."

Mr Jolley said another issue was when people violently dropped their dumbbells on the ground as if they were trying to slam a hole through the floor.

"If it's dropped like that on the rubber matting, it could bounce up and hit someone or a mirror," he said.

"It also damages the equipment."

Mr Jolley said he had noticed a growing trend of people taking "selfie" photographs during their workout routine, which sometimes annoyed other members.

"From a business perspective, I don't mind it, because it has the potential to promote the gym through social media," he said.

"But I know of members who get frustrated by it, particularly the older clients."

Gym frequenter Peter Stringer, 20, said people taking photos of themselves at the gym was a pet hate of his. "For me, the mirrors are there so you can observe your technique while you're exercising," he said.

"So if someone is blocking your view so they can take a photo of themselves, it can be annoying."

Jetts Fitness in Goodna assistant manager Chris Moore said another thing gym-goers needed to be mindful of was not to sit on equipment without actually using it.

Mr Moore said most people wanted to get through their workout routines as efficiently as possible, so sitting on a machine and not using it could prove infuriating for others.

"I've heard from other gym owners that it can be a problem at their fitness facilities," he said.

"I've heard it happens more frequently when a group of school kids go to work-out together and end up standing around the machines chatting."

More gym rules

  • Clean up after yourself
  • Wear appropriate, closed-in footwear
  • Don't gape at others
  • Don't give unsolicited advice
  • Don't put pressure on others to hurry up
  • Respect people's personal space
  • Control offensive body odour
  • Avoid foul language