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Gyms: Workout guidelines and etiquette

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Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Gym induction
  3. Workout guidelines and etiquette
  4. COVID guidelines for keeping safe

Workout guidelines and etiquette

Do

  • Ask a member of leisure staff for an exercise programme or a review of your current programme if required.
  • Inform a member of leisure staff if you suffer from epilepsy/diabetes or any condition which may affect your ability to exercise.
  • Ask for assistance from leisure staff if you are unfamiliar with equipment.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing at all times.
  • Begin your workout with a low intensity aerobic warm up.
  • Drink small amounts of water during your workout to prevent dehydration.
  • Take rest periods between exercises.
  • Check that the selector pin has been properly inserted into the weight stack.
  • Raise/lower the weight stack slowly and under control.
  • Increase the workout intensity gradually over a period of time.
  • Complete your workout with a low intensity aerobic cool down.
  • Ask a member of leisure staff if you require assistance or advice.

Don't

  • Workout if you are suffering from a respiratory illness.
  • Begin a workout unless at least two hours have passed since your last main meal. Start with a light breakfast before a morning workout.
  • Hold your breath whilst performing resistance exercises.
  • Strain excessively to perform an exercise.
  • Attempt to "reserve" equipment that you are not currently using.

Etiquette

  • Customers must wear appropriate sports footwear and clothing. Workwear, work boots and outdoor clothing such as denims are not allowed.
  • All bags and coats must be kept in the lockers provided and not left on the gym floor. There are lockers in the gym and the changing rooms.
  • Changing must take place in the changing rooms provided not the gym floor.
  • Customers must not use mobile devices whilst using resistance equipment. If Customers are using mobile devices to change music/texting/ receiving or making calls et cetera they must move off the resistance equipment.
  • Customers performing multiple sets on resistance machines should stand or move off machines when they are resting between sets. It is reasonable to let other users work in with you if you are performing multiple sets on a machine.
  • Using more than one piece of equipment at a time in a supersetting fashion is allowed however only when other customers are not wanting to use one of the pieces of equipment. You can not stop another customer using a piece of equipment you are not actually using at that moment.
  • To prevent damage to equipment dumb bells and barbells should not be dropped. If you can't control the weight back to the start position it is too heavy for you.
  • Customers are asked to clean all equipment, including benches, after use; this can be with the paper towels provided or their own towels.
  • Customers must return free weights, dumbbells or mobile equipment back to their original position immediately after use.
  • The fitness rig and its associated stations are designed predominately to be used for circuit training. Customers using single stations may be asked to vacate that station when circuit sessions are taking place or about to take place.
  • Customers are asked not to congregate in groups of three or more around exercise equipment.
  • During busy periods a 20 minute limit per equipment will be introduced and you may be asked to move on by a member of gym staff.
  • When using the facility, customers should behave in a manner that is appropriate and considerate to others. Foul and abusive language is not acceptable. Failure to behave in an appropriate manner may result in you being asked to leave the facility by a member of staff.
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave the facility.
  • As your health and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us customers are advised to follow the instructions of gym staff at all times. 


Next page: COVID guidelines for keeping safe 

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