When there are group of sweaty people put in a small space, there are bound to be some issues. There are no written rules as such to explain how one should behave in the gym, but there are some unsaid rules that need to be followed. Here is a list of proper gym etiquette that every beginner and regular gym goer must be familiar with.
Carry a gym towel with you, to cover machines that you use, apart from being polite it will also help you to be dry.
This does not apply only to heavy lifters, even if you are using a 15 pound plate, you still need to clear the bar once you are done.
If the gym is empty, you can stay on a machine for as long as you like. Do not leave your towel on a machine and walk away, someone else is going to be using it by the time you return.
Do not Stare
The most important gym etiquette for men - do not stare at girls, unless you want to be labeled as 'the pervert'. It's perfectly natural to notice someone with a fabulous body, but restrict it to a glance. The mirrors all around are meant to help you with your posture and equipment, and not to ogle women.
If someone has headphones, get the hint, they are not interested in talking. Also, refrain from constant grunting, it's like telling people 'look at me'.
Ask for Help
If you do not know how to use a machine, do not hesitate to ask for help. It is very easy to get injured, if you do not have sufficient knowledge about a machine or an equipment.
Do not treat the locker room like your personal bathroom. Just like equipment are for everyone so is the bathroom. It's very rude to take unusually long in the shower when there are a lot of people waiting outside. Also, remove all your supplies from the bathroom, when you're done.
At every community place, you are expected to follow certain rules. If you are going for a spa, there are certain spa etiquette that you must adhere to, same is the case with the gym. Even if you feel this is your own little space, remember that others are also using that space. It's simple, enjoy your workout session and let others enjoy theirs!