3. Know your surroundings
When you’re in a room full of sweaty people, awareness is paramount. Jerks and assholes who do whatever they want and act without regard to other people are, well, jerks and assholes—and nobody likes them. So be conscious of your surroundings.
For example: “If you’re a loud screamer or have an extensive hype-up protocol, a high-end boutique gym probably isn’t the best place for you,” says Boyce. Take the time to be aware: Are you in a gym with concrete floors, cracked mirrors, and huge dudes throwing around heavy iron and screaming? Then feel free to yell and get pumped for big lifts. (Be considerate about cursing, though—old-school gym managers can be sensitive about that.) If you’re riding the elliptical machine around a bunch of senior citizens, or aiming to impress the women in the free-weight area (even though that’s definitely not the way to flirt at the gym), then take it down a few notches and show some respect. “Know your surroundings and accept them to respect the culture of the establishment,” he says.
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