Gym Etiquette Quiz

Gym Etiquette Quiz
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About This Quiz

If Emily Post was alive today (and had she turned out to be a gym rat) it’s a safe bet that she’d be shaking her head in frustration at some of the less etiquette-minded people who frequent the average work-out facility. There are many old-timey manuals out there dictating old-fashioned etiquette rules, like table manners, how to make introductions and such, but as gyms are a more modern-day invention fitness fans have often been left to figure things out as they go. Some of us succeed. Others fail spectacularly.

Etiquette in general is just about having manners and being considerate of the people around you. One common thing that drives regular gym-goers nuts is when someone is perfectly capable of loading the weights onto the bar, but then fails to re-rack them. Breaking this cardinal rule of the gym is likely to earn you anything from a side-eye to a verbal cut-down and beyond. Gym fights happen all the time, not so surprising since there’s so much bad behavior and testosterone a-flowing!

Also, be considerate and take steps to protect yourself and others from unwanted germs by following your gym’s clean-up protocol. Nasty bugs like norovirus and MRSA run rampant in gyms and can survive on equipment and in locker rooms for impressively gross lengths of time. So, even though it seems like a pain, do your part! And for the love of everything holy, do NOT go to the gym if you’re sick!

The gym is a place for newbies and vein-popping enthusiasts alike. Take this quiz so you can learn — or brush up — on the unspoken rules of the gym.

Before you even walk into the gym, what should you make sure to avoid wearing for a work out?
perfumes and colognes
Wear whatever you want to work out, but leave the strongly-scented stuff at home.
revealing gym clothes
dirty sneakers

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Sure, nobody can tell you what to wear — but what is one kind of clothing that might not be well-suited to a hardcore workout?
cotton
synthetic or polyester
We're not going to tell you not to wear jean shorts, but synthetic and polyester clothing has been proven to actually smell worse when exposed to sweat.
denim

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What is one way to avoid conversation at the gym?
glowering
wearing headphones
Put them earbuds in if you want to be left alone.
closing your eyes in fake concentration every time someone comes over to you

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The squat rack is for:
bicep curls and squats
squats and just kinda watching yourself in the mirror
Squats. Period.
While the fun squat contraption might look like a good deal for biceps or something else, let the squatters squat.

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What is one thing you should do in the free-weight mirrors?
apply bronzer
check your form
Best to use the mirror for simply perfecting your form, but you wouldn't be the first if you stood in front of the mirror flexing.
flex your rippling muscles

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If you're on a weight machine and someone is waiting for it, you should:
ignore them
stop lifting
Do a reasonable amount of reps, and then let someone else step in.
Feel free to come back to complete your sets, but it's nice to give others a crack.

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Is it cool to ask someone how much they lift?
no
perhaps
Nobody needs to ask a stranger about their fitness records. But if you're talking shop with another gym rat, it might be appropriate.
yes

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Guys, is it cool to comment on a woman's body at the gym?
Sure; everyone is there to focus on their body anyway.
As long as you're being complimentary, it's fine.
No. Nope, no, never.
Never. Ever.

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But what if you're just trying to tell her she looks strong, fit or healthy?
Oh, in that case — sure!
Totally fine, you're not a creep!
No.
Really. Never.

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The proper time to wipe down a machine is:
before your workout
after your workout
both
Really, it's only the after that matters — but if you want to make double-sure you don't get the strep that's going around, wipe it down before, too.

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Workouts should be:
silent
as quiet as possible
No one is going to fault you for a little grunting, but maybe avoid singing out loud. Please.
Hey, it's a gym — make a racket.

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So there are twelve empty ellipticals and one that's occupied. Which do you choose?
the one farthest away from the occupied equipment
one that isn't directly next to the occupied machine
You don't have to run to the other end of the gym, but a little buffer is courteous.
the one right next to the occupied one

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You can save a machine by:
calling dibs
licking it
You cannot save a machine.
Sorry, but you can't "claim" a machine. First come, first served.

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You're in the weight room, lifting a ton. (Or like 20 pounds.) To show your mad skill, you:
drop the weights dramatically
set the weights gently down and glare
try to be careful about dropping the big weights, but it depends on the gym
Seriously, you will look ridiculous when you break your own foot.

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Now let's head to fitness class. When choosing a buddy for partner exercises, do:
decline and do everything solo
be easygoing, and buddy up with whomever is nearby
This isn't high school; don't reject someone unless they truly make you uncomfortable.
ignore an assigned partner and ask the instructor to personally show you the moves

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Watching fitness classes you're not participating in is:
totally fine
kind of creepy, and not welcome
In general, avoid staring slack-jawed at strangers doing Zumba.
almost as good as being in the class itself

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Filling your water bottle up at the fountain is:
no problem
If your bottle is huge and takes a ton of time to fill, do let someone in for a drink though.
inappropriate -- do it at a sink
for weaklings

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Wearing a bikini or swimming briefs at the pool is:
horrifying
fine
Again, there's a theme: Wear whatever you want, within most reason.
encouraged

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You should wipe down:
machines
benches or weights you touch
both
Remember to give seats and handles a bit of a shine.

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If you'd like to do sets with multiple weights, you should:
grab all the weights you need
still grab one weight at a time
Grab the weights when you need them, or at least try to find a time when there's enough weights to go around.
don't

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It's lap swimming time! What do you do if you're sharing a lane?
keep on opposite sides
And let the faster swimmer go ahead, if there's a jam.
stay behind the other person
try to stay in front of the other person

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An important call is coming in while you're on the treadmill. You:
push pause and answer it
ignore it and hope your house isn't on fire
step off into a hallway or quiet corner to answer
Nobody wants to prevent you from responding to an emergency, but the middle of the cardio room is not the place for dramatic news.

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If you're asked to spot someone:
yell encouragement the entire time
goad them into doing more reps
You're just making sure they're safe.
Unless it's your sibling, you're really not allowed to yell or harass anyone at the gym.

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Swearing at the gym:
is part of the fun, grown-up atmosphere
is inappropriate
No one is going to be appalled if a salty word is said after a grueling lift, but try to keep it clean.
is punishable by revoked membership

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Oh, look — that guy's rowing-machine form is way off. Tell him:
exactly what he's doing wrong
nothing, unless he asks
Unless you're a trainer at the gym getting paid to advise folks, leave your thoughts to yourself.
he's doing great and could win a medal

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You see a person who looks overweight working out at the gym. You should:
give them encouragement and commend them for doing something for their health
do and say absolutely nothing
Healthy bodies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Do not presume anyone is healthy or unhealthy, or guess anyone's motivation for exercise.
watch to make sure they don't hurt themselves

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Ready for the locker room? Showering is best done:
with shorts on
naked
Don't be afraid of being naked. A lot of us are, underneath our clothes.
showering at the gym is only for exhibitionists

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But showers at the gym needn't include:
soap
shampoo
grooming beyond soap and shampoo
The group shower is not the place to shave or clip toenails.

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If you're late to your fitness class, should you still come on in?
Yes, it's better to get a half hour of exercise than none.
No, it's disruptive to the other participants.
It depends.
This depends a lot on the teacher and the type of class. Some teachers will welcome all comers. Others can be snarky to the late arrivals. Find out your teacher's style in advance. But generally, the more equipment (mat, bar, ball, weights, etc) you have to get out at the class the less you'll want to be late as it's disruptive.

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You see a newbie at the gym, trying to figure out a machine. You should:
ask if they need some help
Be nice!
ignore at all costs
loudly talk about how this gym is getting weak

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You Got:
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