Gym Class Etiquette (Air Your Grievances Here)

After about a 3 year hiatus, I recently got my gym membership back.  I was doing just fine without it, running outside and doing workout videos at home, but I wanted more variety in my workouts and I’d much rather wake up at 5am knowing I’m going to exercise with real life people rather than stare at my TV doing the same workout video again and again and again.  So, I started going back, mostly for the classes.  I go to the Las Vegas Athletic Club and between their 5 locations in the valley, they offer pretty much every class imaginable.  My favorite is Body Pump because I suck at lifting weights and think it is so boring and this class makes it fun and way less intimidating.  Other than my 3 year hiatus, I’ve been going to the same class with the same instructor (and the same regulars) for about 10 years.  Wow, I feel really old now.  So, being a gym class expert (yup I now consider myself an expert) I feel like there are a few forms of etiquette that should be no brainers when taking a gym class, but judging by certain individuals that attend the same classes as me, these rules apparently need to be spelled out.


  • Do not arrive late.  Especially if the class requires any kind of set up (weights, step, mat, etc.).  In theory, you really should be there 5 minutes early, so you’re already late if you’re on time, and extra late if you show up at any time after the class is scheduled to begin.
  • If you arrive late (which I can understand if this happens occasionally because things beyond our control do happen) do not leave early.  Especially if the class is an hour long and you arrived 5 minutes late.  You should not be leaving when the class is half over.  I mean, seriously?  You did what, like 20 minutes of an hour long class?  Yes, there are people (more than one actually) that do this every single time.
  • If the class requires equipment, do not disrupt the class to put your equipment away that you’re done with while the class is still going on.  I know it will save you like what, 10 seconds?  Trust me, you’ll be fine.  You can put your stuff away at the end of class like everyone else.
  • Do not leave the room while the class is ongoing and then come back in, unless it is an emergency.  If you need a drink of water, bring a water bottle.  It’s really disruptive to have people coming in and out during a class.
  • Do not groan and complain when the instructor informs the class that you’ll be doing a particular routine/exercise/move that is difficult.  They are there to help you get stronger and the only way you will get stronger is by challenging yourself.  If you don’t like it, you’re free to go work out on your own.
  • Say hello to the instructor when they come in and say goodbye and thank them when you are done.  They are showing up day in and day out to help and motivate you to become a better person, and probably not getting paid more than a few bucks and a free gym membership.  So the least you can do is thank them.

As I said, I feel like these are no brainers when it comes to attending a gym class, but there are several culprits in the classes I attend, so maybe by me posting this, the word will spread and somehow get back to them.  One can only hope, right?


What things to you see people doing at the gym that annoy you?  Go ahead, air those grievances!

And don’t forget, my Sweaty Bands giveaway is still ongoing!


4 thoughts on “Gym Class Etiquette (Air Your Grievances Here)

  1. There was a lady that showed up in almost every one of my classes but NEVER did the exercises that we were told to do. I understand if you have to modify a few exercises due to injuries, health issues, etc. but she would just do here own little workout in the middle of class and she would then disappear 20 minutes in, never to be seen again until the end of class! It was the strangest thing ever! Why take a class if you are not going to do what the instructor says?

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