Exercise good etiquette at the gym in 2013

Denise Hart uses bleach wipes to clean off a reformer at her Pilates studio at Strictly Fitness in Springettsbury Township. (Photo by Paul Kuehnel)


By STEPHANIE KALINA-METZGER
for Smart

If your New Year’s resolution involves losing weight, you’re not alone. It’s no surprise that fitness center memberships skyrocket each January as people scramble to get in shape.

But it’s important to learn the do’s and don’ts of navigating the machines, weights and classes before you go.

Sally Roberts, assistant manager and trainer at Strictly Fitness, says the Springettsbury facility has standard guidelines members should follow during and after a workout.

Gym newbies and veterans alike can apply her advice to fitness centers across the area.

Towel it down

Roberts encourages gym members to use the towels available at the facility.

“We offer towels at the front desk, and although it’s not required, members will often put a towel down as a barrier between the machine and themselves. If they choose not to, they can use the antiseptic we provide and use our towels to wipe down the machines.”

She said members are also welcome to bring their own towels or mats.

Roberts said those who use the gym’s -towels should put them in the marked -receptacle before leaving so they can be washed.

Restore equipment to its default setting

When using equipment like free weights, or other items, Roberts offers common-sense advice.

“If you’re using it put it back where you got it so the next person won’t have to look for it.”

“If you put weights on a bar, make sure you take them off. If you get it out, put it away, just like at home,” she said.

Use cellphones sparingly

While Strictly Fitness doesn’t have a policy against cellphone use, some gyms do. Either way, Roberts said to be mindful of those around you.

“If you’re on the elliptical and talking to someone, everyone can hear you,” she said.

“And if you can talk and work out at the same time, we joke that you aren’t working hard enough.”

Roberts said if you’re in a class and someone calls with an emergency, step outside to take the call.

Show up on time

Being late for class isn’t always a deal-breaker.

“I’d rather see them in class late than not at all,” said Roberts.

A courtesy call to an instructor in advance is appreciated when possible.

“If you must come in late, please do so unobtrusively,” she said.

Use common sense with scents

Roberts said that they have had complaints about heavy scents.

She asks members to use perfume sparingly and be mindful that some people might not appreciate a scent as much as you do.

“Some people have allergies,” said Roberts.

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  1. February 13, 2013

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