Being the New Guy (or Girl)

It’s been a while since you’ve been in the gym. Maybe it’s even been a couple years, but for one reason or another you haven’t been able to workout for some time and as part of your New Year’s resolutions you’ve decided to get back into the gym. First of all, congratulations, I wish you the best of luck with your goals this year. Before you head back into the gym, I’d like to share a couple quick “gym etiquette” tips that I think are important to brush up on. These may seem like common sense to some, but even regulars forget some of these little tips.

Refresh your knowledge on the proper lifting form.

Wipe off the equipment when you are finished.

Check the rules and time limits on the cardio equipment.

Leave your ego at home.

Try not to hog the machines.

It’s best to not bother others in the middle of their lift.

Most importantly, Don’t be afraid to ask for help and enjoy your lift!

If possible, you could also try to find someone with experience in the gym and ask him or her to go with you the first couple days. They, most likely, would be happy to help you get back into the swing of things. Being with someone experienced can help to alleviate any stress you have about being in a new gym as well as make the gym a safer place by ensuring that you are using proper form as well as following the gym rules.

Jack Burdick is majoring in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and along with hisweightlifting workouts, he competes in marathons and ultra-marathons (50 mile races) and is looking to earn a Cross-Fit title or to be recognized with The World’s Fittest Man title which is reserved for an ultra endurance power athlete.

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