I'm considering getting off my ass and going to a gym for the first time in my adult life.

I'm considering getting off my ass and going to a gym for the first time in my adult life.

What are some common mistakes in gym etiquette?
I want to avoid them.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >being this autistic
    you shouldn't go

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      🙁

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He won’t go. He will think he will go and make vague plans and anticipate fictions scenarios and how to respond. But ultimately: he won’t go. He is paralyzed by inaction.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >He won’t go. He will think he will go and make vague plans and anticipate fictions scenarios and how to respond. But ultimately: he won’t go. He is paralyzed by inaction.

        You describe my entire life.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          motivation follows action, anon
          and take the exposure therapy approach - start small, gradually moving to bigger shit as your brain gets it through its thick skull that you can do what you put your mind to

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >someone actually wants to improve their lives and the first thing he does is ask this Mongolian basket weaving forum for advice
      Kek OP is never going to make it. Anyone who lurks here but doesn't actually lift is destined for failure.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Remember to put the communal squat plug back in the rack after use

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    just be yourself
    there is no etiquette apart from (mostly) returning plates etc. to where you found them

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Your question is gym etiquette and not just going to the gym and gaining experience
    ngtmi

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Use one station or set of dumbbells at a time.

    Don’t work out in a way that stops somebody from accessing the dumbbell rack.

    If you load up a barbell with weights, return the weights to where they need to be.

    Don’t be loud or annoying

    Basic stuff

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Listen, son. You need to go to the receptionist, give her firm handshake, smile, and ask where is the boss of this enterprise, because you have urgent business. She's unlikely to question you but if she somehow does just politely smile, wink, and say "This is men talk, honey. Im sure you understand". When she takes you to The Boss, again, put on big smile, give him a firm handshake, pull him slightly toward yourself to assert dominance. You can do it even if in normal scenario he would be stronger. He wont expect that move and he should submit after. Then state your business. Say you want to frequent his establishment and want to agree on a clear price. You should haggle the price down at least 30%n 50% is standard, anything above 65% you did a really good job and should pat yourself on the shoulder. On your way out remember to chat up a receptionist and offer her good time. On your first day go to the biggest guy and ask "how much you bench champ?", he's unlikely to say anything higher than 405, so you must casually reply with "i used to bench 405", if they question you just say you had a shoulder injury and are still in recovery. Then pat him on his back say "nice talking champ, see you around" turn 360° and walk away. As for equipment use whatever you need. You don't really need to put anything back. There is gymstaff and they are paid to do their work. Don't be afraid to ask how many sets someone has left, preferably try to squeeze yourself on an unguarded bench and just say that it will be just a moment if someone talks to you. These are the basics, you got it champ.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      MOGGED

      MOGGED

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this is the kind of content creation we need more of

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Every single thing you just said is correct. Thank you anon.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You lie.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Basic western etiquette you'd have anywhere. Return things to the way you found them when you're done, don't be loud or obnoxious, don't get in other people's way, etc. Seems obvious but you'd be surprised how certain subsections of the population struggle with this

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gawd damn I hate you losers o gawd damn much
    just go and see instead of reading some pdf manual from /fit

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Remember that in the context of weightlifting, set is pronounced 'seet'. If you ask someone how many 'sets' they have left instead of how many 'seets' you'll look moronic

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I’m considering switching gyms since my current gym is getting more expensive. I’m thinking about going to Planet Fitness. How many decibels triggers the link alarm? I don’t want to be rude, except for when I judge people on free pizza days.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Well, that takes me back... Several things, anon:

    1. Don't collar the bar. If the weights slide off one side or the other, that's a you fail, and it lets you know which side you need to work on. If the weights hit someone else on the way to the floor, or the bar does, especially if they die, that's a they fail. They should have been paying fricking attention. You're in the clear.

    2. Make as much noise as you fricking can. Literally, scream like you're being stabbed in the balls every time you touch a dumbbell or barbell.

    3. While you want to exhale under exertion, you definitely want to hold your breath through the rest of the movement.

    4. The "reps" in a "set" is the number of reps you can do before you have to take a breath. This way, you train strength and cardiovascular endurance at the same time. You have to time the exhale on the way up in the squat, for example, so that you can get five reps in before you pass out under the bar.

    5. Safeties are for pussies. Either commit to the weight or don't. When I see someone put the safeties out, I just start shaking my head. They are not going to make it.

    6. Any women at the gym are only useful distractions while you do the fricking work they can't. They wouldn't dress like that if they didn't want you to stare and take pictures.

    7. Clean the squat plug after use. Don't be the guy that puts that thing back dirty.

    8. Drink milk and eat a heavy meal right before you go to the gym. This preloads your body with all the calories necessary for maximum exertion, and makes protein available for post-workout muscle protein synthesis.

    9. You'll hear plenty of talk about "programming", but the best program is literally "Intuitive Programming" (look it up), where you do whatever your body feels like doing on any given day. Very similar to intuitive eating. You'll maximize your gains that way, and it's very similar in concept to the Crossfit WoD.

    10. Remember to have fun.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Excellent advice

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Don't collar the bar
      tbf it's moronic to collar it if you don't have a proper safeties setup (see some of the webms on how safeties can be badly set up too)

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >considering
    Failure point. Get your ass up or don't.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's not complicated, just mind your own business and don't be a dick, put things back when you're done using them, that's about it. No one's paying attention to you. Also
      is true, if you've never lifted before, just lift shit that feels heavy and you'll rapidly get stronger.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you see someone standing next to a machine and it looks like they're resting in between sets, its an invitation to use the machine with them and alternate without saying anything. Also leave your weights on the machine after youre done using them bc people hate having to put them back on after you put them back.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Read the sticky

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Never, and I mean never, grab a pair of dumbbells without asking for permission to the gym staff first. Usually you should go for one of the gym trainers, but if there's none then always ask the receptionist beforehand.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      dude on the left looks pretty chill about the situation

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >all this autistic screeching at someone asking about gym etiquette as a new gym-goer

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Take the preacher curl bench to the best squat rack and then spend 60 minutes curling, this is free advice, I could give you my routine but that'd be 900 gold bars

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just be observant, mindful and polite and you're good. But if you want the specifics, here you go:
    1) Don't hog the only, say, leg curl machine, in the gym when there are people who need to use/are using it. After you're done with your set, gtfo and let people who are waiting do their sets and then get in and do your next set once they are done. Just stand up, gtfo and walk around near the machine while you rest between sets, even if no one is waiting.
    2) If all racks/bench stations/plate-loaded machines you wanted to use is occupied, don't just wait, go to one (preferably one with about as much weight as you'd normally lift) and ask the person using it if you could take turn and use the racks/stations/machines and help them change weight plates between sets (basically secure your position on the waiting line). Also, learn beforehand how to spot someone benching or squatting in case you got asked.
    3) Unless someone's waiting and want to use what's already there, remove the weight plates you use on the barbell/machine and put them back on the rack/stack/tree/pole that you took them from once you're done with your exercise (leave at most 1 plate or less than 20kg per side). Same with dumbbells/kettlebells and other equipment - put them back to where they were once you're done.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I know the guys here are trying to mr funny but seriously there is nothing to worry about.

    >Wipe down equipment after use
    >Re-rack weights
    >Limit phone use
    >Share equipment during busy times
    >Avoid excessive noise
    >Respect personal space
    >Wear appropriate clothing
    >Clean up after yourself
    >Follow gym rules and guidelines
    >Be mindful of time limits on equipment

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks anon.

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