My fellow gym rats, we have a problem: We’re making gyms hostile places for new users — especially those who don’t fit the typical fitness fanatic, single-digit-body-fat profile. A study published in 2016 found that those who are overweight or obese reported feeling negative stigmas and shame when visiting gyms.
Listen, we were all beginners once. None of us emerged from the womb doing burpees. At some point in your fitness career, someone showed you how to use the side-facing high-pulley pull-down, or politely suggested a better way to do squats. Now it’s time to pay that kindness forward. So before you set foot in your gym next week, commit these etiquette guidelines to memory, and together we’ll create a workout space that’s welcoming and useful to all.