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  • Angie Tan // Oct 9, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Great tips. >:)

    I’ve been to the gym for a few months and have picked up alot of the weird stuff happening there.

    I hate to go to the weight area to borrow weights because the body-building guys treat it as though as their own private club, i.e. only pretty chicks, or macho gays (no pun intended) need apply.

  • Elvina // Oct 10, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    I saw this quite pretty and petite lady in yoga class. I think she was cool looking but my impression towards her instanly changed when I saw her washing her foot in the sink! She just dun bother even there were other members looking at her. She lift her foot and rubbing her toes in the sink… eewww….

  • Rachel // Mar 9, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    another one to add to your list :

    Do not hog places and reserve them for your friends in classes. This goes for yoga mats, stepboards & any other equipments as well. I lost count of the time when I have to turn away from classes as places were seemingly filled up until one day I saw ppl reserving places for friends who either never turn up or turn up really late.

    I bloody hate certain people who always do this in FF Body Balance, Body Step and Body Jam classes. Especially in one particular outlet in KL known for small rooms and lack of space (despite it’s recent renovations).

    Be considerate towards ppl who have to rush from work to attend classes and hoping they will not have to fight for their space.

  • Dan // May 28, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    heres the MOST IMPORTANT one:

    Don’t grab a pair of dumbbells and do your exercise right in front of the rack.

    That is very annoying.

    Please step back so others can return and pick up new weights.

  • Zou // Jul 14, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    We have a very well equiped gym at the hospital I work in. It’s small and it’s very popular (24 hours access, never closes, only 6$ a month fee, possibility to take an appointement whenever you feel you need it with a professionnal trainer, excellent and up-to-date equipement).

    There are reservation sheets on the wall. If you reserve, you have to put your name and phone extension so you can be reached if you don’t show-up and prevented other users to enjoy the machine. You can’t reserve for more than 15 minutes at “gym rush hour” (lunch time) any popular machine (ellyptical, ect). And you can’t reserve them everyday at the rushed time-frame. You can reserve as long as you want and at the exact same hour at any other time of the day. It works great, forces you to avoid crowded time-frames. Some people learned how to wake-up early to take advantage of un-popular early morning hours or negociated odd lunch hours with their boss. ;-)

    It’s mandatory to use the desinfectant spray bottles and cloth put at your disposal near each and every weight lifting or cardio training machines. You have to use that each and every time you finish an exercise on all areas your body touched (chair, handles, ect). This is enforced severely (after all, the gym belongs to a hospital…)

    There are no closed lockers. You put your bag and working shoes in plain sight in custum-made shelvings. So if you have athlete’s foot, you’d better cure it before thinking coming to the gym. Otherwise you and your socks and smelly shoes will be the talk of the hospital. Same for obviously non-exersise-related body odors, you don’t want to be gossiped about on that particular subject by your coworkers.

    I could go on and on… Bottom line, people seem to act more civilised if they share the gym with coworkers. And a work-place gyms seem less concerned with loosing members by enforcing simple hygiene or courtesy rules.

  • Robert James // Dec 19, 2008 at 5:28 AM

    Awesome article and advice. As a professional trainer, working in gyms for more than 20 years… ya see a few things… things that’d make yer toes curl.

    I like to make my clients aware, right from the get go… teach ’em right… keep ’em safe.

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