Don't Be That Guy at the Gym
Don’t be “that guy” in the gym
It doesn't take long to spot them. Whether it’s a predilection for noise or nudity, we’ve identified four of the worst offenders. If you think we’ve missed any feel free to mention them in the comments below. And, if the following traits sound all too familiar, we’ve also served up a few tips to correct your etiquette just in time for your next session.
Please, don't be 'that' guy.
1. Mr Noisy
Executed correctly, a baritone grunt gives you the power to fire through that final rep. But moaning like Maria Sharapova on Centre Court has no place at the squat rack. Aside from annoying your fellow gym goers, you’re also sabotaging yourself. Swap you ragged roars for well-regulated breathing; not only will it improve the oxygen supply to your muscles, it’ll double your strength too. Follow this guide to bracing your diaphragm for maximum strength gains.
2. Mr Know-it-all
Saving a gym-noob from himself is fine. Suggesting he swap that twisting, jerking motion for a steady straight back is helpful. But asking Jim Bro why he opted for the Zercher instead of the back squat is sure to make you public gym-nemy No. 1. Check out our brand new exercise database to ensure you’ve got your form facts correct before you start dishing out dodgy advice.
3. Mr Bares-all
Gym etiquette is important, but obeying the rules of the locker room isessential. No matter how high you are on endorphins post-workout, attempting to incite the towel-whipping camaraderie of your favourite sports film – or, worse, indulging in overly thorough drying routines – is an even more heinous gym sin than curling in the squat rack. Instead, fill your gym bag with MH's post-gym grooming picks and aim to be in and out within 10 minutes, keeping conversation – and exhibitionism – to a minimum.
4. Mr Selfish
You don’t need every piece of equipment, in every size – this isn’t an episode of Hoarders. Building a fort out of dumbbells in a quiet corner while the other gym-goers wrestle over the last remaining 5kg weight isn’t on. No circuit, however complicated, really needs a kettle/dumb/barbell combo.
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