Here Are the 8 Commandments of Proper Gym Etiquette

The gym has a set of rules. These rules can be official (like those signs that kindly ask you to wipe off the machines once you're done using them) or unofficial. The latter would be something like not listening to loud music without wearing headphones. It's not a rule that's specifically written anywhere, but it's commonly known and abided by. So it's not a stretch to say that just like every other public sphere, the gym requires that everyone follow proper etiquette for it to run smoothly and without conflict. "Proper etiquette," however, is a subjective term. What might be considered rude to one person is totally normal to another. I know this firsthand. Last week another gym-goer took my coat off the rack at the front and replaced it with his instead. After my workout, I found mine folded up on the floor next to shoes and a used gym towel. At least he folded it for me?

Nonetheless, proper etiquette can mean something different depending on who you ask, which is why we decided to put together a list of the most common breaches of good gym behavior. This list is by no means comprehensive or universal, but we think it's a good start. So, gym-goers of the world, read on and take note.