5 Basic Rules of Weightlifting Gym Etiquette
bservance of basic gym etiquette ensures that all lifters have an optimal training environment. Understanding a few standard rules allows lifters to concentrate on the training experience without unnecessary distractions.
We’ve all committed a social faux pas more times than we care to remember.
Embarrassing moments when we unintentionally offend others is uncomfortable for everyone. It’s especially deflating when the situation could have been avoided altogether. A general code of conduct understood by everyone decreases the chances of any social awkwardness.
Similarly, a simple understanding of gym etiquette makes you a better teammate and a small part of an overall better setting for lifting.
5 Basic Rules of Weightlifting Gym Etiquette:
- Sightlines – Walking across a lifter’s sightline as they’re performing a lift is the quickest way to become “That Guy/Gal.” Walk behind them or wait off to the side until the lifter has completed their attempt. Same basic idea follows when training next to another lifter. If a neighboring lifter is taking a lift, wait until they’re done before taking yours.
- Bar Loading – Use as few plates as possible. Avoid continuously loading more 10′s and 15′s on the bar when you can easily make the same weight using two larger plates. Larger plates absorb the force of being dropped much better than thinner plates.
- Less Talk, More Lift – Light chatter and encouraging words are completely acceptable in a typical training environment. Excessive chatting and distracting yelling and hollering is not.
- Clean Up – Pick up after yourself. Used tape in the trash. Shoes, wraps, sleeves or straps returned to their proper storage location. Bars and weights put away. All these make for a perfect end to a hard training session.
- Coaches Coach – If another lifter asks for your opinion on what you saw in their lift, cool. If you offer up unsolicited coaching advice to another lifter, not cool. It’s best to direct all technical questions to a coach.
Hopefully these guidelines have given you an idea of how to make your training experience a more positive one. Most importantly, it’s given you better insight into what is expected of a good club teammate.
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