Do’s and Don’ts of Cardio Equipment Etiquette

While I love walking outdoors whenever possible, Mother Nature sometimes insists that I use the cardio equipment at the gym. I love my gym and all the various cardio equipment we have at our disposal. However, there are some do’s and don’ts I wish everyone would observe while utilizing the machines.

Do's and Don'ts of Cardio Equipment Etiquette
  • DO turn the machine off when you exit it. DON’T leave it running. (Yes this has happened.)
  • After you turn the machine off, DO come back and wipe it down. Most gyms provide paper towels and disinfectant solutions.
  • DON’T forget to check the machine to make sure you aren’t leaving your phone, keys, water bottle, etc.
  • DON’T talk on your cell phone (unless it is an emergency call and you are getting off the machine).
  • DO use headphones and not your phone’s/tablet’s speaker.
  • If your gym has them, DO obey time limits on each machine.
  • Many people believe that if there are open machines, DON’T take the machine right next to someone.
  • If there is a wait to use the equipment, DO get off when you are done and let someone have it.DON’T just stand on it and talk to people.
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What would you add to this list? What etiquette do you expect people to follow on the cardio machines?



4 Responses to “Do’s and Don’ts of Cardio Equipment Etiquette”

  1. I don’t really workout at a gym but I do when traveling and get really grossed out when people don’t wipe down the machines!

  2. OMG I hate when there are like 10 machines open and someone takes the one right next to me. I feel like they’re intentionally trying to race me or something! I’m all about space at the gym so that drive me crazy!