Rule Six: Ask A Pro
New members: It’s not up to other members to show you the ropes. “If you’re not sure how a machine works or where to find a towel, ask a member of the gym staff,” says Jaime Fenrick, the national education manager for Life Time Fitness.
If the staff members are too busy to help you, or make you feel like you’re a burden, find another gym. From where to put your dirty towel, to how to adjust the spin bikes, to whether the saunas are clothes-optional or not, spending 30 minutes getting a briefing on the rules and regs will always be time well spent.