How to Deal With Bad Gym Etiquette

Gym etiquette covers quite a broad aspect of behaviour. From wiping down the equipment after you've used it, to not 'hogging' one machine, there are some people who just don't get it. Hopefully, this article will help you address someone who isn't being considerate.


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    Talk to them. By addressing them directly, you become a human who actually has a personality. It is much harder to ignore or disrespect someone who you have spoken to and got to know.
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    If this doesn't work, specifically discuss their behavior in the gym. Don't make it an attack. Be respectful and polite, but not apologetic. Make sure they don't alienate themselves from you because of an aggressive manner, or because they think you'll be a pushover. Give a specific example of how their behavior affects others.
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    If this doesn't work, inform them, that you will have no choice but to discuss the matter with staff. If the person then tries to tell you that you're being a 'sissy' or similar insult, ignore that. They're trying to shame you into backing down. Reinforce that you will not.
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    Discuss the matter with staff. Don't exaggerate, state it as you see it. Exaggeration will actually weaken your case, whereas being objective and practical strengthens your position.
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    If the gym staff are unhelpful, talk to the manager, and move gyms. If the staff are not willing to help the clients, it's not at the standard you should demand.


  • Be polite at all times. Do not resort to name calling, and definitely not physical contact. Aggressive body language is also bad, waving arms around and thrusting your jaw forward simply looks juvenile.
  • When addressing the offending person, use of words like 'really', and 'very', are good. They aren't over the top, unless used excessively, but equally they are words that add meaning.


  • Remember, you're in a gym. There is ALWAYS someone bigger than you!
  • Do not demand the staff to take action when you speak to them. Ask them to. A demand, when made to someone, is aggressive, and immediately makes a person less likely to cooperate.

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