Fit For Life: The Three Commandments of Gym Etiquette
Saturday, February 01, 2014
One of my biggest issues in the gym is the cell phone. I understand that phones do many things, but when you are at the gym they should play music only. Really folks, let's disconnect for an hour and focus on the task at hand....exercise and intensity. If you are that important that you can't turn off your phone or email for one hour, maybe you should reschedule your workout times to a time when you can turn off, because answering the phone zaps intensity, and without intensity your results will be non existent. Its also bothersome waiting to use an area or a machine when the person is sitting around texting and holding up progress, and it is most annoying trying to focus when someone ten feet away is arguing on the phone. Remember that there are lots of heavy equipment and moving parts, and a gym can be dangerous, so let's be considerate of others and for safety reasons, leave your phone in the locker.
Get to class on time
When I’m doing group instruction, I must explain the importance of punctuality, especially in cycle class or class that requires equipment and weights. First, you compromise on your warm-up. This is an important part of the workout. Besides that, it is dangerous to start adjusting your bike or set up your area, when others have started moving. Finally you have the distraction factor. It isn't the end of the world to me if you are late, but what of the others who made the effort and arrived on time? It can be annoying and distracting.
Now let's talk a little about hygiene. Being the cold and flu season, this area should not be overlooked. I have seen many guys leaving the men's room without washing their hands. Seriously? I encourage my clients to wash their hands after every workout. Wiping down the equipment is always a welcome courtesy. Trust me, nobody wants to jump on a bench with a puddle of sweat, or a wet circle from ones head dripping off of it. Take 30 seconds and give it a quick spray, the next person will greatly appreciate it. And while many employees at the gym are mothers, they’re not yours, and even if they were, they’d tell you - let's pick up our toys when we are finished. A lot of people feel that paying for a membership entitles them to a personal butler. If you use a piece of equipment, it is easier for the next person to find when it gets put away or re-racked to its rightful place, so please put your stuff away.
Finally, if you are sick - stay away. You might think you are being rough, tough and cool working out sick, but you are not only taxing your immune system even further, making recovery time longer, but you are spreading germs to every one in the building. When it's cold outside, and you have a heated box full of sweaty people, you get an incubator for germs, so please think of your fellow gym goers, and keep your germs to yourself. Walk outside if you absolutely need to workout. Germs won't spread as quickly in the cold, and YOU will feel better. Or just rest and recover.
We go to the gym to improve our bodies and de stress from the days’ events. We are not looking for more stress or to get sick. Going to the gym should be a pleasurable experience for all, so if everyone does their part and follows a few rules of etiquette we can all have an enjoyable workout, stay safe, and stay healthy.
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The Core Connection
The Core Connection in Northborough offers so much more than a traditional yoga studio. They’ve got yoga, which creates a union between mind, body and soul; Pilates for a strong core; and cardio/fusion to help you burn calories and kick fat to the curb. This studio is also perfect for teen girls; they have a special class just for teens that promotes self confidence, posture, flexibility and strength.
290 West Main Street, Northborough, MA. (508) 393-8086.
Bikram Yoga Auburn
For a twist on traditional yoga, visit Bikram Yoga Auburn. Bikram Yoga is a type of yoga that includes 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. It is practiced in a heated room, and is one of the most challenging—and effective—exercise programs in the world. Bikram Yoga Auburn is the perfect place to get in on the action. Check out their Early Bird Special: 6 at 6! Enjoy their Monday-Friday 6 am class for only $6.
567 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA. (508) 832-YOGA.
Metrowest Yoga offers two convenient locations so that you can have close access to the practice of yoga wherever you are. To make things better, Metrowest literally has a class perfect for anyone. Choose from kids classes for mini yogis, open meditation sessions, power hours for fat burning and strength building, and classes for total beginners.
69 Milk Street, Westborough, MA. (508) 366-5025.
32 Millbrook Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 752-1533.
C. Mass Yoga & Wellness
West Boylston’s Central Mass Yoga & Wellness offers a unique program to anyone who wants to help combat post traumatic stress disorder and combat stress: Yoga Warriors International. The mission of this program is to use the calming properties of the practice of yoga to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and COSR. Other programs include hot yoga to soothe the muscles, healing yoga designed for those who have experienced loss, and more.
45 Sterling Street, West Boylston, MA. (508) 835-1176.
On Saturday, January 11, take a trip to Earthsong Yoga in Marlborough for the Earthsong Yoga Open House! Enjoy free yoga and a massage from 9 am-1 pm and see what Earthsong is all about. Learn about their special pre-natal yoga classes for expecting moms, family classes including stories or guided meditation, children’s classes, and Evening Flow classes to prepare you for bed.
186 Main Street, Marlborough, MA. (508) 251-9620.
Wellness Works Yoga & Healing Arts is the perfect place to start yoga later in life. Wellness Works is dedicated to sharing the practice and art of yoga with Worcester’s seniors, although people of all ages are invited and encouraged to join. Try yoga classes ranging from Rise and Shine morning classes to meditation sessions and more. Also, enjoy healing massage techniques like Reiki, reflexology, and polarity.
128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 330-4258.
Auburn Yoga & Pilates
Find inner-peace and fight fat at Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center. Try out the Community Pilates class for only $5 on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. complete with spinning classes, family classes, pre-natal classes, and more. Even better: Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center offers special pricing for college students!
889 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA. (508) 832-8177.
At Flowforms Yoga, you can try before you buy. Your first class—any class—is free! If you find that you want more, Flowforms also has a new student special: 5 classes for only $50. Explore Body Mechanics classes that will aid in body awareness, traditional Indian Yoga, Yoga for Birth (designed for couples), and several other great workshops and classes offered at the studio.
195 Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA. (508) 752-4700.
State of Grace
If you are looking for a one-stop shop to renew your body and your mind, look no further than State of Grace Yoga and Wellness Center in Uxbridge. Stop by to take part in level-specific or mixed level yoga and meditation classes. New students can take advantage of their 40 for 30 offer: $40 for 30 days of completely unlimited yoga.
104 E. Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge, MA. (508) 278-2818.
Every Body Balance
If you are like the many people searching for balance in their life, why not give Every Body Balance in Southborough a try? This unique studio uses the serenity of a yoga mindset and the body benefits of Pilates to craft great classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Strength and Flexibility Yoga for Every Body and Candle Light Yoga are favorites.
155 Boston Road, Southborough, MA. (508) 485-8585.
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