Hitting the gym should be something that you look forward to. It’s an opportunity to relieve stress, meet new people, and best of all get in shape. Everyone wants to look and feel their best, and the gym is a great place to start. With all the various equipment and styles of training, also comes plenty of opportunity for mistakes. If you don’t use the gym properly you’ll find yourself frustrated, without results, or injured. Here are 25 things you absolutely must avoid doing at the gym if you want to be successful. For other helpful tips about exercise, nutrition, and healthy living, head over to SteadyStrength.
25 Things You Absolutely Must Avoid Doing At The Gym
Never Leave Cardio Equipment Sweaty and Gross
One of the worst ways to make friends in the gym is by leaving a trail of your sweat on every piece of machinery that you use. Gym etiquette is mostly common sense, but if you have to learn the hard way it can attract some dirty looks. Either bring a towel to wipe down your equipment, or use the paper towels that basically every gym supplies for you.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
If you don’t know how to use something, or you need a spot on your last set, don’t be afraid to ask someone. I spend a lot of time in the gym and I have almost never seen anyone say no when they were asked for assistance. Usually people in the gym are there for a common purpose and are glad to help each other out. Utilize your resources.
Don’t Only Do Cardio
Don’t be that person that comes to the gym everyday to use that same cardio machine, and then leaves. That will take you nowhere in a hurry! You’re missing out on a whole different aspect of training, which is using weights. Women tend to violate this a lot either because they think they will get masculine muscles, which isn’t true. There a ton of reasons why women should lift weights, along with everyone else.
Weight lifting tends to use a higher ratio of fat as an energy source. If you lift at an intense level with little rest time in between each set, then you will burn just as many calories as a cardio session. A long bout of cardio is great for exercising your heart, but don’t miss out on the muscle toning and fat burning effects of resistance training.
Never Get Intimidated By Other People Lifting
In almost every gym there will be big, strong guys throwing weight around. Don’t be afraid to get in the mix. One reason people leave weight lifting off the workout schedule is because they are intimidated by the other guys using the weights. Let me share a secret with you: No one minds! Chances are, they are in their own zone and won’t even notice you using the weights right next door. Just grab your weights and do your own workout without a second thought.
Never Forget The Proper Gear
Dressing properly can effect how you workout, and your safety. ALWAYS have close toed shoes in the gym. It protects your feet from stubbing your toes or weights that could possibly fall on them. If you are planning an athletic workout it’s also pretty hard to move without the right shoes.
I’ve always found it helpful to keep a filled gym bag in my car with literally anything I might possibly need. You don’t even have to bring it into the gym everyday, but if you have it out in your car it’s easily accessible. Some absolutes that you should always have are a change of athletic clothes, training shoes, a supplement shaker, and a towel.