Even if you’re listening to your music with your headphones, getting in the zone and working out in your own little world, it’s still important to remember that the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym is a common space. You’re surrounded by other people who are members as well, and there’s certain ways you can use the equipment and interact with others to ensure that everyone around you is having a comfortable, quality experience.

Here are some general workout etiquette tips that can help you avoid any awkward looks from your fellow fitness fans the next time you come in to get your gym groove on:

  1. Don’t talk on your cell phone. Inside a gym isn’t the place to catch up with your friends and family. People often complain about others being on their phone in the middle of the room. You can step outside or even visit the locker rooms if there’s a call you have to make. In a pinch, keep it short and quiet. This rule also goes for in-person gym convos: Think of your fellow guests and use an indoor voice.
  1. Communicate politely with other members. Like at home or in the workplace, good communication skills are important at a health club. If someone’s waiting for the treadmill, pop out your earbuds and let them know when you think you’ll be done. You can ask someone to show you how to use the equipment they were just using (though it’s better to ask the staff). Or you might just want to say “hello” and “excuse me” in a respectful way that doesn’t invade anyone’s space or be unwelcome when someone might look like they’re enjoying solitude.
  1. Put everything back where you found it. One of the most frustrating things, no matter where you are, is looking for something where you know it should be or where you found it last time – but now it’s gone. Everyone will have a more efficient and enjoyable gym experience if they can find the weights, balls, mats and other accessories right where they’re supposed to be. If you’re not sure where something goes because you found it out of place, don’t hesitate to ask a friendly Greenville athletics club staff member!
  1. Wipe down the equipment. Gyms all have their own official policies about this, but as a general rule of thumb it’s a good idea to assume that the next person to touch the machine you were just dripping on would appreciate a little wipe-down with a clean towel before you move on.

Check back next week for even more great tips!