From eating in the gym to lines for equipment, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Kristen Kennedy, covers the basics of gym etiquette.
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There are a lot of things that we kind of run into with just gym etiquette, say cleaning the machines off after you work out. Say you go and sit on the machine and you're kind of a little sweaty, of course, from working out. So, you get up and you kind of walk away. You leave your sweat for the next person, isn't the greatest thing in the whole entire world, so you do want to -- we provide the water bottles with the germicide in it and you just spray it off and you clean off from that. We have to worry about the staph injections that are going around these days. There are a lot of things that are going on, it's called the bug. So I like to stay in layman's terms, people going around just leaving their sweat or anything let's say that you haven't taken the shower in a little bit that you leave around on the machines, you need to clean that out before somebody else comes around to sit right on top of it, just so you won't get any kind of staph infection on your arms or anything like that. It goes along with leaving your water bottles around in your sweaty towels everywhere. You want to pick up after yourself, because it's not like your bedroom, it's actually several other people's gym as well. So you want to make sure that you clean up after that, then, let's say, eating in a gym, that's not the biggest deal as long as it's not a hamburger and French fries. If you have a protein bar after you do a very heavy cardio workout, that's totally fine, because you need the energy to go right into a training workout. So, those are just a few things that you do need to worry about. Of course, taking your time on a piece of cardio equipment, if there is a big line, you need to limit yourself to about 30 minutes and then you can kind of give it up to somebody else. That varies from gym to gym, so it's kind of what your take is on.