Gym Etiquette: Top Rules for Rookies

From Healthy Living

Gym attendance spikes by 30 to 40 percent in January, spurred by New Year’s resolve. And these days, thanks to Twitter, the gym-shy among us now know for sure what we always suspected: Gym rats disdain gym rookies.

Carl Helmle III, vice president of personal and group training for David Barton Gym in New York City, tells Yahoo Shine that you can spot gym newbies by their “deer in the headlights look” and “perfectly coordinated, brand-new outfit they bought for motivation.” He suggests new members start by taking some classes and signing up for a one-on-one session with a trainer (many gyms offer a free introductory session). “They will point you in the right direction and up your confidence on the weight floor.”

When you’re ready to hit the gym circuit solo, your No. 1 goal (aside from getting into shape) should be to avoid annoying anyone. It’s not just that fitness centers are packed during the first weeks of the New Year with virgin members taking advantage of membership promotions and trying to atone for their holiday excesses. Rookies are more prone to breach unspoken gym etiquette and generally be a nuisance to veterans who just want to put their heads down and get their sweat on. While some big chains, such as 24 Hour Fitness, list their basic safety rules, they rarely cover the fine points such as not spitting into the water fountain and — believe it or not, hotshot — the fact that most other folks would rather you kept your towel on in the locker room.

Here are the top gym do’s and don’ts:

Do leave your cell phone in your locker (with the ringer off). People come to the gym, in part, to get away from their daily distractions. Nobody wants to hear your conversation, no matter how exciting you think your life is. Helmle says that the top behavior that “drives regular gym-goers crazy” is a person sitting on a piece of equipment and talking on the phone instead of using it.

Do follow basic rules of hygiene. This includes wiping down equipment after you use it and washing your hands before and after working out. Gyms can harbor a veritable buffet of bacteria and viruses—many of which come from other humans. Protect others and yourself.

Don’t be a machine hog. You’re squeezing a prework or afterwork session into your busy life? Yeah, so is everybody else. Most gyms post time limits on cardio equipment. If there’s a wait for a machine or set of dumbbells, offer to share between your sets.

Do wear fresh clothing. Reusing your gym togs in a hot, sweaty, crowded environment is a major no-no. If you need an additional incentive to wash between wears, harmful germs from the gym can stay on your clothing and make you sick.

Don’t take center stage at your first class. It’s great that you have the confidence to stand in the front row, but if you’re new to the activity, your classmates might not appreciate your wild wobbling during tree pose while they’re trying to focus.

Don’t leave a mess or clog traffic. Rerack your weights, stow equipment after using it, and don’t leave your gym bag or water bottle where someone could trip on it. Helmle also advises against setting up a bunch of equipment in a common area to create your own personal minicircuit.

When in doubt, ask questions. Lashaun Dale, the senior national group fitness creative manager for Equinox, points out that you are surrounded by fitness enthusiasts and professionals at the gym and it’s the staff’s job to help you feel comfortable and safe and to encourage you to stick with it. “If you get through month one you will be making exercise a habit ,” he adds, “and that is all it takes to get started toward your goal.”


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Etiquette Matters: Camis vs Tank Tops

What’s the Difference Between a Camisol and a Tank Top?

Simply put, camisoles or “camis” usually have adjustable “bra like” straps, feature built-in bras, typically fit very close to the body and are considered to be members of the lingerie family.  Camis are considered “under-garments” and are meant to be worn UNDERNEATH clothing while in pubic.

Tank tops on the other hand, are designed with much wider straps, don’t usually have built-in bras and are appropriate for casual wear in public.

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Wedding Protocal: Flower Girls

It’s wedding season!

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During the summer months, many couples opt gather together with family and friends to celebrate their love and committment to one another through thoughtfully and sentimentally orchestrated wedding ceremonies.   Annually, it is during this season, we receive the highest number of wedding etiquette questions from brides-to-be and wedding planners. We have therefore decided to begin a series to address the most commonly asked questions and etiquette “hiccups” we’ve observed.Today’s topic is:  FLOWER GIRLS

Flower girls scatter flower pedals before the bride or may simply carry elegantly adorn baskets of flowers or bouquets.

They walk directly in front of the bride unless a ring-bearer has been included in the ceremony, in which case the flower girl precedes him.

Flower girls are typically young relatives or the bride or groom or the daughter of a close friend.  Flower girls should be between the ages of three and seven years old.

The flower girl’s dress should be paid for by her family and should be similar to the brides-maids’ dresses, but should be appropriate for a child.

Flower girls should plan to attend the wedding rehearsal, but are not required to attend the rehearsal dinner or shower.  Parents may decided whether her participation at these events is appropriate given her age.


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Become A Certified Etiquette Instructor: Teaching children to resolve conflict through etiquette and civility mastery.

This certification program is ideal for educators, program directors, community/faith based organizations and individuals who desire to either incorporate etiquette mastery into their existing programs or desire to start their own etiquette businesses.

In our six day training, you will learn everything needed to launch your own etiquette business or to incorporate etiquette lessons into your school or youth programs. This program is limited to 12 etiquette trainees and will focus on etiquette programs designed to impact the lives of youth residing in urban communities.

Your program will include:
  • Weekly virtual meetings (5) each Saturday, (1) onsite interactive training session with youth participants.
  • An etiquette training manual complete with proven teaching tools
  • Fun, engaging and educational sheets for easy duplication
  • Detailed lesson plans for 1st through 12th grades
  • Course materials including Business Operations, Marketing and Strategic Planning, Self-Presentation Skills, Dining Skills, Conversation Skills, Telephone Skills, Thank You Notes, Posture, Hair and Makeup, Clothing, Dating Skills, Grooming, Cotillion and many other topics that help nurture a child’s social development
  • Rights to use The Etiquette Imperative Institute® name on your materials
  • Professional Photograph Session
  • Marketing opportunities designed to promote you and your classes
  • Certification exam modules will be completed online. You may complete your reading and take your tests at your own pace.
 Based on this program, a child can return to you for continued etiquette training up to six times over 12 years.  Visit The Etiquette Imperative at for more information.

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