Going on 6 years of working in gyms, you really learn a lot about people. Gyms have a bad rep for being dirty and smelly, but the reality of it is, it's totally the people.
I have worked in high class gyms, attended lower class ones and worked in the in between. I've seen it all from celebrity clients to the regular gym go-er. I have countless funny stories, horror stories and straight up odd ones too.
Here's my top 10 things you learn working in a gym:
1. Most people don't actually wipe down the equipment they use
(And by most, I mean like everyone. To keep yourself on the cleaner side, wipe down your machines before and after you use them. I once caught the stomach virus after a gym session, so do yourself the favor).
2. There are directions and warnings on machines for a reason
(If you are a newbie there's no shame in the game, but there are directions and warnings on the machines for a reason. Take the time to read it before you hop on and potentially hurt yourself, or break the machine. I've seen both happen countless times).
3. Every mirror will be used at some point for someone's gym selfie
(I've 100% been in at least 5 gym selfies on accident of course. But the mirrors are not only for watching your form, we all snap a quick photo for the gram or snapchat. I say own it).
4. Re-racking weights is few and far to come by
(I slightly dislike you if you're the type to rack a few 45lb plates on machines and walk away when you're finished. Do the right thing, put it back where you found it).
5. Deodorant is a must and BO is a real thing
(There's just no way around this one. It is a must. We all smell a little I mean you are working out, but please do us all the favor and swipe a little under each arm).
6. Some people really do go to the gym to workout
(I'm one of them, once I take my pre-workout I'm in the zone and I'm in no mood to chat, so stay out of my way).
7. Some people really do go to the gym just to socialize
(I can be one of these too! When I stroll in, not really in the mood to exercise and take my time sipping on my caffeine. But some people do genuinely go to make new friends, and maybe even meet their swolemate).
8. You really should eat before taking a class
(There is nothing more terrifying then someone passing out in class because they didn't eat or they're dehydrated. Take care of yourself, make sure to have food and water in you before you over exert yourself).
9. Working with a trainer should be a must if you're a beginner
(It's okay to be the new guy, or gal, but take the precaution and work with a professional first. You'll learn the ropes (literally), the machines and how to exercise properly without hurting yourself or others).
10. No one is starring at you, they're really starring at themselves
(Okay so some guys or girls, might be checking you out but for the most part everyone is so concerned with the way they look they're too busy to pay attention to you or anyone else. So rock your body, enjoy your workout and don't feel self-conscious, you got this!)