Gym Etiquette 101: Strutting Your Stuff

distracted_unprofessional_Trainer_bStrutting, grunting and slamming down weights will get you noticed. Some use these ‘techniques’ on purpose, to get noticed. Fitness is about exercise and conditioning, and hopefully feeling good about yourself. It’s not about showing off. #gymfail

We all have different body types and need to find a comfortable level of satisfaction in our own skin. Of course, we all want to make the most of what we have through our exercise regime. However, unlike Snow White’s “mirror, mirror on the wall,” it’s not about “who is the fairest of them all.” The mirror is there for proper form, not to stare at yourself.

Stretching is important for flexibility and can help reduce the likelihood of injury. Stretching provocatively in front of the mirror while you’re wearing little clothing is not appropriate in public. If you must stretch in your skivvies, do it in the privacy of your own home. Stretching is important though. It might even help your posture, which will come in handy when you’re ready to strut!

There is a difference between confidence and cocky.

And if you strut, you don’t have to grunt.

If you have to grunt to impress people with how hard you are working out, you might want to reconsider the type of exercise and/or the amount of weight you are lifting. Strength training and cardio workouts need to cause a decent sweat and an occasional grunt might be heard. Continuous loud grunting might be a sign that you are exceeding your limitations or just showing off. #gymfail

Just like grunting, slamming the weights down to get noticed irritates the others in the gym. It could also land on someone’s foot. #gymfail

Do your work; reap the rewards; then maybe you are ready to strut a little. But, please chill out on the grunting and slamming.

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Kim Becknell Williams is a freelance writer with more than ten years of personal training experience. Certified through NFPT, she is a Functional Training Specialist and holds a Master Trainer level certificate for resistance, endurance and sports nutrition. Kim has written two books including Gym Etiquette 101. She enjoys writing a variety of lifestyle articles and fitness blogs.