Yup, it’s happened: My gym has officially been overrun by the post-New Year’s crowd. While I’m thrilled that more people are trying to get on the fitness wagon (go you!), it’s sometimes cause for more than a little annoyance. Like, suddenly there’s a long line for treadmills. And now I’m spending five to seven full minutes opening and closing unlocked lockers to try and find a free one. (Why don’t people always lock up their stuff, by the way? Maybe I’m a particularly untrusting sort, but I’ve never understood this.)
So while I have the attention of the class, I’d like to take this opportunity to review some Unwritten Rules of the Gym. These are rules of conduct and implicit understanding that you won’t find plastered on a plaque in the locker room or next to the cardio machines. These are gripes about unseemly habits and behaviors that everybody wants to say to everybody else, but nobody actually has the stones to.
Well, Philly, I have the stones. And I asked a bunch of local trainers trainers and gym owners for their input, too, so consider what follows to be straight from the horse’s mouth. Capisce?