If you’ve been to Krav Maga or frequented any gym, you know that being part of a gym or workout program isn’t just a hobby, but a lifestyle. Like any lifestyle, there are certain rules that accompany participation in that scene. Learn the rules of fitness etiquette before your first Krav Maga classes.
Sweating is Good, Leaving Your Sweat is Bad
There’s no better feeling than putting your whole body into a Krav Maga workout. Pain and stress evaporate as you dive into the muscle memory and thrill of the practice—and all the while, you’re sweating bullets. This is exactly how it should be, and it’s something to be celebrated. However, there’s nothing worse than leaving behind a trail of sweat in the gym. The #1 rule of fitness etiquette is to clean your sweat from the ground or any equipment you touch. Just think how unsavory it would be to sit in a puddle of someone else’s sweat.
Be Courteous With Your Cell Phone
We’ve all been there: you’re in the thick of the best workout of your life; you’re sweating hard and the movements are becoming natural; you’re connecting with your body in a whole new way—then, ring ring ring. “Hello? Oh hi!” And it’s all over: fitness etiquette fail. Someone has ruined your workout, popped the bubble, and now you’re annoyed and fall out of synch. Don’t be that person! Silence your cell phone, or if you’re expecting a very important call, make sure you immediately move to a part of the gym where no one can hear you.
Dress for Comfort and Coverage
Just because you’re in a room with a bunch of other people doesn’t mean you should try to stand out. In fact, in the gym you should try your best not to let your clothing choices lead to distraction. Wear comfortable clothes that offer good coverage. Be courteous and aim to stay in your own little world during your workout. Those around you will thank you for it.
Share the Water Fountain
Don’t be the person who fills up a 40 ounce water bottle right after a workout while there’s a line of people panting and dying of thirst behind you. Exercise good fitness etiquette by getting a few gulps and then standing aside to let your thirsty friends get a drink. This kind of consideration is what keeps the gym a fun, friendly place to be.