HEALTH & WELLNESS: Do’s and Don’ts of the gym

By Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" • Last Updated 2:30 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012

So you’ve decided to stick to your 2012 resolution and get into shape or lose weight. Great! But now you actually have to show up to the fitness center and work out.
As you work up the nerve to prepare yourself — and your gym bag — to head to the fitness center or local gym, The Daily News and The Club Fitness in Greenville offers a few do’s and don’ts at your workout place.
Etiquette as defined by Merriam-Webster is, “the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life.”
Many establishments have a code of conduct or etiquette they would prefer their clients follow and a fitness center is among them, both as a courtesy and for the purposes of hygiene.
Deb Christensen, manager of The Club Fitness, provides several simple steps patrons can follow to make working out a positive experience for all.

DO disinfect the machines after use.
It helps prevent the spread of germs and is required of club members.

DO pay attention to the trainers.
They offer the correct use of machines and free weights to help maximize effects and prevent injury.

DO ask questions.
Not asking questions could lead to improper use of equipment and possible injury.

DO wear clothing that allows movement.
Proper fit and comfort is key in helping make for an enjoyable workout.

DO a warm-up before lifting.
Not only do muscles require a proper warm-up but organs do, as well.
DO work toward muscle failure.
Continue repetitions until another cannot be performed.

DO work to “train; don’t strain.”
Working out shouldn’t hurt, but muscles should be worked.

DON’T try to outdo the person on the next machine.
Overdoing things could result in pain and injury.

DON’T wear work boots or jeans.
Gear should be comfortable and be breathable. Many runners live by the phrase “cotton is rotten” owing to it not wicking moisture away from the body.

DON’T allow children in the sauna or the hot tub.

DON’T wear a sweater in the hot tub.
Unfortunately, this happens, otherwise it would not have been mentioned.

DON’T wear street shoes on the equipment.
Street shoes may be wet from rain or snow and could cause someone to slip and fall. Dirt from street shoes get the equipment dirty and could potentially cause damage.

DON’T be afraid to sweat.
There’s no cutting corners in a workout. Getting the best results means doing the best you can.

Your fitness area is a great place to feel better from the inside out and even develop friendships with others who share a common interest. Pull on a pair of shorts, lace up a pair of shoes and head out for a healthier life.

The Club Fitness is at 1401 W. Oak St. in Greenville. Call (616) 754-6667 or go online to for more information.

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