I’ve been a member of a local inexpensive gym here in Boulder for years. Their equipment is fairly new and usually in reasonable condition. The group fitness class offerings are adequate, and it’s close to my house. The problem is that you can almost never get a machine during peak hours (last night I waited 20 minutes for a treadmill), you have to arrive about half an hour early to get on the list for the cycling class and the instructor occasionally does not show up.
As someone who’s at the gym a lot, I am going to set a few ground rules for a good gym experience:
- Don’t blow your nose, pee, or do anything but wash yourself in the public showers. Whatever you do at home is your business, but these showers are PUBLIC and I hear some gross stuff going on in there
- Don’t wear shorts that are so short I can see your butt cheeks. I know they are called shorts and I know that you, at 18 years old probably have a cute butt, but I don’t need to see it hanging out from under your shorts.
- Don’t wander around completely naked in the locker room. (Men, I know some of you have fantasies about what the women’s locker room is like. If you want to keep that image, I suggest you quit reading this right now) I know you naked women are comfortable with your bodies, but I just don’t find it pleasant to watch you strut around or dry your hair completely naked. Please. Please. Just put on some clothes. Or a towel. That’s what towels are for.
- Get in and get out. Don’t chat. Don’t take a phone call. Just move. Think of it as part of your workout.