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Working out how to get fit is one thing but knowing how to behave while doing it is another. There’s nothing worse than planning your session only for the equipment to be hogged by someone more interested in their phone.
To uncover the most common annoyances in the gym, Fitness First delved into Reddit threads where gym-goers share etiquette tips. The comments were sorted and grouped by the below categories and tallied the total upvotes (likes) to find the most essential rules that gym-goers live by.
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And the results were interesting to say the least. They compiled the results into the top 11 gym etiquette rules to follow, and they are shown below.
In first place was not passing judgement on others, with 89000 upvotes. In second place was not hogging equipment with 81000, and put your weights back when you are finished with them rounded out the top three with 73000.
Tim Andrews, head of fitness product at Fitness First, said: “Sticking to gym etiquette rules is not just about being polite; it's about creating a space where everyone can work on themselves and improve their fitness without unnecessary hassles.
"Making sure that you don’t hog the equipment in the gym is one of the top etiquette rules. During peak hours, it’s important to share. It doesn’t take a lot to annoy other gym goers – especially if you’ve surrounded yourself with gear like you’re building a fort. Being aware of others and the space is what makes the gym experience smoother for everyone.