10 Ways to Avoid Being a Gym Douche

Tallahassee 3 min Read

Written by

Keith Hansen

This list is designed to up your gym etiquette, keep you and others safe, and ensure you get a great workout.

Be a good part of your gym community by following these rules.

And make sure you have a good training program.

1. Don’t Slam Your Weights

There’s no need for you to drop weights in the gym. Ever. If you can’t control it on the way down, or set it gently, then the weights are too heavy for you.

2. Rack them When You’re Finished

Put the plates back where they came from. Make sure the 25lb dumbbells go in the 25lb dumbbell slot. Hang that lat pulldown bar up after you remove it from the cable machine. You’re sharing the gym with a lot of people.

Pick up after yourself.

3. Wipe Down Your Equipment

The moment you start to perspire (which should be pretty damn quick) you need to wipe your equipment down. Not with that towel you brought. That’s just a guaranteed way to spread your sweat between every piece of equipment you touch.

Go get the disposable wipes or spray and clean the equipment proper.

4. Don’t Coach Others Unless They Ask

This is the quickest way to look, no, be a douche in the gym. Unless someone is in imminent danger, keep your tips to yourself.

If you’re advice was good people would be paying you for it.

See that little chart on the right? Don’t be the king of Mount Stupid.

5. Ask for a Spot

If failure on a set of bench is anywhere in the realm of possibility ask someone nearby for a spot. Be specific about how you want them to spot (“don’t touch it unless I ask for help”). Otherwise you’ll end up with some gym douche ripping if off of your chest forcing you to do 10 extra reps because he’s turning your bench set into his upright row.

6. Ask to WorK In, within reason

If the lat pulldown machine is taken it is perfectly acceptable to ask to work in. Working in means you can jump on the equipment, do your set during the other person’s rest period, and have it ready for them to use again by the time they are done resting.

If you have to change the attachment, rack height, or you slow down the other person’s workout, you aren’t “working in”.

7. Stop Camping

If your thumbs are getting a better workout than your quads, you’re being a douche.

Gym equipment is usually limited so keep your rest periods just long enough to hit the next set. This will give you the best workout and allow others to achieve the same.

8. Don’t Block Equipment

We all love to curl in front of the mirror. But you’re a douche if you’re curling directly in front of the dumbbell rack preventing others from getting to the weights.

Grab your weights, step away from the rack, and get your swole on.

9. Don’t Curl in the Squat Rack

The squat rack is for squats first. That’s why it’s called the squat rack. If you’re doing any lifting in/at the squat rack that doesn’t absolutely require the squat rack, you’re being a douche.

Especially if you’re doing curls there.

10. Go in With A Plan

When you go into the gym you should have a plan. Bebopping from machine to machine with no plan means you’re just taking up space. Ya know, being a douche.

Know what your workout will be before stepping foot in the gym. This will help you achieve better results in less time.

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Keith Hansen

Keith was an All-State wrestler in high school and in 2007 hung up his singlet to attend Florida State University to pursue a B.S. in business management. He wasn't sure what industry he wanted to be involved in at the time, but soon realized after graduating in 2011 that fitness was the ever-constant activity in his life. Keith began studying to become a personal trainer and in 2013 earned the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Personal Trainer certification. After a short stint as a big box gym trainer he realized he wanted to bring something different to Tallahassee. Keith competes in Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, and Crossfit.