Nadia Alterio Lemmon's Gym Etiquette
Article care of Don Lemmon
ladies, you've been training for some time now at
the same gym. You're feeling good and making progress.
You actually enjoy every workout now and you even
have the girl at the front counter feeding you compliments
with each visit. In a sense, you feel like you got
a little bit of poll going on and this can be a
good thing if you use it to your advantage in a
smart way. BUT, it can also start to work against
you if you're not careful about the way in which
you carry yourself.
knowledge that the way in which we present ourselves,
even if it is only in the gym, really can make
a difference in the way that others perceive us.
Sometimes, we fall prey to behaving in a way that
we feel is acceptable simply because we are on
a ego trip and we don't even realize it!
so self absorbed into our training and our recognizable
status that we fail to acknowledge the fact that
either our gym etiquette or our training rituals
have become annoying to all of those around us!
In both a serious and humorous manner, I have
put together a summary of several unacceptable
'GYM CRIMES' that YOU may or may not be guilty
of. Yes, that's what I said, 'criminal-like' behavior
in the gym? The only way to know what I'm talking
about is to simply read on! Note: this list was
not meant in any way to be offensive, but rather
to serve as what I like to call 'eye openers'
for you, or anyone guilty of these gym etiquette
let's discuss GYM HYGIENE. In a nutshell, good
hygiene is a BIG deal. It really is ladies, especially
in an environment filled with germs just waiting
to attack. Practicing good hygiene habits will
not only keep you from getting sick, but it will
also save you from potentially uncomfortable and
embarrassing infections. Here are a few points
to keep in mind regarding good hygiene practices
at the gym. "Germs, Germs, Germs AND more Germs!
I don't care how new the facility that you train
in is or how often you see the staff cleaning
or wiping down the gym equipment, "ALWAYS WASH
YOUR HANDS AFTER YOU WORK OUT!" I absolutely can
not emphasize enough how important good gym hygiene
habits are. The gym is, without a doubt, one of
the biggest germ and bacterial infested places
you can be in. Just think about it, from the early
am hours, to whatever time your gym closes, people
are coming and going all day and everyday! Not
even the best cleaning crew in town can keep all
the equipment 100% germ free 24 hours a day. It's
just not feasible. So ladies, PLEASE wash your
hands after each workout if you want to avoid
illness. And keep this also in mind, it's not
just weight machines that carry germs, but what
about that pen you use to sign in with each visit,
and how about those change room and bathroom door
handles? And what about that water fountain that
you keep running back and forth to? This takes
us to my next tip.
When it comes to drinking water during a workout,
DRINK FILTERED BOTTLED WATER. If you don't have
any, then see to it that the water fountain you're
drinking out of at the gym has been through an
effective and safe sanitation process. Again,
it's better to be safe than sorry folks. I'll
bet that there's been times when you were feeling
partially ill after a work out and it didn't even
occur to you that it may have been from all that
tap water you were drinking at the gym in between
Even though we are told and reminded often to
bring a towel with us to the gym, very rarely
do I see people carrying them. Come on ladies,
be courteous to others, ALWAYS WIPE UP AFTER YOURSELF.
No one wants to use equipment that's been marinated
in someone else's bodily fluids. And besides,
what if the next person to use the equipment that
you were just on happens to be the last person
on earth that you would have wanted it to be?
Yeah, you know yourself who it might be... So
ladies, save yourself from a very embarrassing
moment and wipe up!
are someone that claims to not care what others
are thinking about you, quit lying to yourself
and consider this. If you are going to the gym
for any other reason than to workout, then you
really don't belong there. It's that simple. Yes,
it's true that most gyms are for everyone, but
this means for everyone who is serious about their
training. People who go to the gym for reasons
other than to workout usually are guilty of displaying
what I like to call "ATTENTION SEEKING" rituals.
Yes, every gym has them. Ladies, you know who
I'm talking about. The annoying 'dressed to impress',
bronzed gym chatter bugs. Those who will do almost
ANYTHING to make sure their presence is known.
If you know that you are guilty of any of the
following Six Attention Seeking rituals, THEN
STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!
FOR MEN - Ladies, please, we go to the gym to
pick up weights, NOT MEN!! If this is a ritual
of yours, why don't you try really getting into
a steady workout program and you'll soon realize
that to feel good about yourself, you don't need
to be on a manhunt 24/7. The confidence that you
will accumulate from working out and feeling good
will eventually have the men coming to you, wherever
you go! High self esteem and confidence in a woman
is definitely refreshing these days.
WORKOUT WEAR - Quick, somebody call the fashion
police! Ladies, if your gym attire consists of
a thong bottom, it's time to redeem yourself.
The days of Jamie Lee Curtis workout wear are
long over! The serious folk are always the first
to point out that if you are guilty of this attention
seeking ritual, then YOU are 'lost in the 80's'.
Sometimes, tight spandex just isn't the way to
go either. Think twice ladies about what you choose
to workout in. Choose comfortable clothing, like
a T-shirt and shorts, preferably cotton as it
will allow you to move better while you perform
exercises. But hey, if tight spandex is what you're
comfortable in, then wear it. But remember this,
sometimes people can be real cruel and some of
them have no problem in letting you know this.
So, if you know that emotionally, you're really
sensitive, then it might be a good idea to choose
workout wear that you know won't draw attention.
TANNING - Okay ladies, a nice healthy complexion
with a little color is always nice, but looking
like a live replica of an Oscar award is just
plain wrong! Being bronzed is great if you're
lying on the beaches of Jamaica, but in a gym
full of people training hard, is a sure cry for
attention (especially when it's the winter time).
Besides, tanning too often can be dangerous to
your health. I know that I'm not the first to
bring this fact to your attention, so wise up
ladies and don't be afraid to just be yourself.
However, if you do insist on tanning, please take
the following tanning tips into consideration:
Never tan if you are without eye protection or
without a lotion best suited for your skin sensitivity.
Make sure your tanning package is reviewed and
approved by both your doctor and the staff members
at the facility that you choose to tan in. This
is why most states regulate tanning bed exposure
times. Check too, exposure times also vary with
each brand of bed, so! make sure you are following
the manufacturer's guidelines.
And always be sure to use your T.J. Clark Minerals!
GRUNTING & MOANING - All right, this one is
a classic. Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, if this is
you, I must say it's excellent that you're really
serious about your training and working real hard
to meet goals, but there's no reason to announce
it to the rest of the world. You might as well
get up and yell out loud, "Look at me everyone,
look at me! HEY!!!! I SAID LOOK AT ME!" I mean
working hard through a set and letting out a little
exertion here and there is acceptable, but going
out of your way to make sure everyone around you
hears it is not. It becomes bothersome to most
people trying to focus on their workout, and some
will even leave because it's annoying. It's one
thing to work hard, but to have to walk into a
gym that reminds you of a maternity ward is another!
Remember ladies, if your actions speak louder
than words, sometimes those actions will be misinterpreted
and are going to leave people with the wrong impression.
Further, keep in mind that building muscle and
putting on size is great if that is the goal you
have set for yourself, but we are women. Just
because we are putting on muscle or training with
males doesn't mean we have to start behaving like
them. Especially if they are the kind who strut
around the gym and look like they've got basketballs
under their armpits. Aren't those guys hilarious?
There was this fella back home that used to always
train back and walk around the gym trying to impress
everyone by always spreading his lats, he thought
the ladies loved it until one day this young girl
asked him if his back was like that because of
a birth defect. GETTING attention is flattering.
SEEKING attention is unimpressive.
UP & BIG HAIR - All I have to say here is
that if this is you, YOU MUST STOP! Save the make
up and outrageous hair styles for the dance clubs.
Further, if you're one of those who feel like
they just can't do anything without makeup on,
then you need to ask yourself what it is that
you're really hiding from. I'm telling you that
real beauty comes from within, so lose the make
up and hair spray and just be yourself! I don't
know of anyone that's really serious about their
training who goes to the gym looking like Zsa
Zsa or Eva Gabor. No one will take you serious
if you're decked out to the max just to workout.
Sorry, but that's the reality. And if you're doing
it with the hopes of attracting men, the only
thing they're really going to think is "Holy,
- Okay, so I saved the most annoying for last.
Ladies, NOBODY LIKES A GYM CHATTER BUG!! If you
want to chat, save it for your spouse. And if
that's not satisfactory enough, you can call any
one of the hundreds of party lines that we see
so often advertised on TV. Also, keep the rumors
and what you might categorize as 'juicy gossip'
to yourself because making a point of discussing
other's personal business just tells us that you
are so insecure with yourself that you have to
take pleasure in trying to make others look bad.
This is a clear signal to stop and re-evaluate
who you are as a human being and ask yourself
what right do you have to question other's behaviors,
especially when you know darn well that nobody's
perfect. What goes around, comes around.
I hope that these gym hygiene and etiquette tips
were helpful to you. If you found yourself guilty
of more than one of these behaviors, don't sweat
it. It's NEVER too late to make changes and I
encourage you to make your health a priority.
Trust me, you'll feel better, look better and
function better. You'll see!
Don Lemmon's Nutritional and Exercise Know How
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