With all the sweat (and sometimes ego) flying around a gym, it’s really no surprise that they’re the perfect breeding ground for germs.
The key to a cleaner, and possibly healthier, workout session? “Following the unwritten rules of the gym ensures everyone can enjoy the facilities without getting a foot infection or being smoked out by body odour,” says one of Australia’s most respected etiquette experts and Rexona Etiquette Ambassador, Anna Musson.
With that in mind, Musson has revealed the most common gym hygiene faux pas’ and shared her top tips for proper gym etiquette. If you don’t want to be “that” person at the gym, take note.
It’s important to be comfortable with your body and a little nudity is acceptable at the gym, but wear a towel to the shower and back. Then when dressing, bottoms to the wall. The same rule applies when side stepping to your seat in the theatre; patrons would rather see your face than your bottom.
Wear thongs to the shower if you have a foot condition – and if you would like to avoid one.
Leaving perspiration on a machine is inexcusable. Bring a towel and check for your perspiration footprint on machines after using them, even if your workouts only generate perspiration “glow”.
If you are leaving the gym in your workout gear, popping to the shops to pick up lunch is fine, but popping in to the changing room to try on clothes is not. Shower at the gym or go home, no on wants to try on moist or smelly clothes after you. It’s also imperative that you wash your gym gear after each use.
Body odour is the pits, literally. That’s why deodorant is a must-have in any gym kit arsenal. Rexona Clinical Protection passed our sniff test, and I’m sure it will for you (and fellow gym-goers), too.
If the last time you went to the gym was 1995 and you are planning to turn up in a G-string unitard, a quick check of gym fashion will make your trip less stressful. Having said that, it’s not a fashion show so matching outfits are not required.
Fairly self-explanatory, but laugh when the instructor tells a joke, they have to look at you for 45 mins.