Beginner's gym etiquette.

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    Jul 11, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
    So i'm starting out at a new gym here in NYC, haven't been in quite a while and i really don't want to make that much of an ass of myself while im still getting the knack for it all. anyone have any tips for a general noob? also any tips on building mass for a "hard gainer" would be ace! thank you ahead of time, the guys here are probably the nicest i've chatted with on the gay interwebs. icon_razz.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jul 11, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    Clean your bench/equipment when you are done using it.
    Put your free weights away when you are done using them.
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    Jul 11, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    Don't "ego-lift."
    Proper form is much more important than the amount of weight you're lifting.
  • jim_sf

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    Jul 11, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    What they said, plus:

    If someone else is moving a plate or bar or dumbbell from one spot to another, then stay out of the way. (You can also think of this as "yield to the heavy things".)

    If you need to talk to someone else, be polite - "excuse me" and "please" and "thank you" etc. - but don't hog their time.
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    Jul 11, 2011 2:10 PM GMT
    Timbales saidClean your bench/equipment when you are done using it.
    Put your free weights away when you are done using them.


    This. I hate that hood rats at my gym that dont do this.
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    Jul 11, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    Eat two bananas or + at least an hour before you start with the workouts. Keep a water bottle with you as well..But my own suggestion is mixing it with 'Tang' or other healthy powder water drinks. That way it'll help to replenish your sodium and electrolyte levels.

    To echo paul's advice, do not lift any more than you are capable of....

    Plus remember to be in proper form and technique when you are lifting weights. If you do not recall the technique/form for lifting certain weights, ask the gym trainers, they are there for a reason.

    Start with the basic workouts before you try harder forms of workouts.

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    Jul 11, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    I would say don't hog the equipment. What I mean by that is everyone hates the guy that likes to rest on the bench press instead of using it.

    -Try not to stand in the way of someone, if you are using the big mirrors to checkout your form while lifting.

    -Don't forget if you are without a spotter, you can always ask one of the other guys. Remember to return the favor if you can also. (I've been surprised when bigger guys, have asked me to spot them before)

    I hope that you have a great time working out at the gym
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    Jul 11, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    just lift things up, then put them down.

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    Jul 11, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    Please don't stand directly in front of the dumbbell rack when working out. Grab the dumbbells you're gonna use and then move back a few feet so others can access the rack. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 11, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    Avoid idle chatter unless you and the other guy are clearly done with your workout. You'll benefit by staying in the zone, and the other guy won't have reason to become annoyed at distractions.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 11, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    Make sure you eat enough calories to sustain muscle growth.Eat frequently (every two hours) through the day,don`t go hungry,then binge.Try to eat high calorie,low fat snacks like dried fruit and nuts,yoghurts,milkshakes,smoothies,meal replacement shakes and bars.
    Also eat enough good quality protein every day,at least1.5g/kg. of body weight.
    As you`re a beginner,lots of water,rest and sleep.
    All the best with the training!
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    Jul 11, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    metacognition saidSo i'm starting out at a new gym here in NYC, haven't been in quite a while and i really don't want to make that much of an ass of myself while im still getting the knack for it all. anyone have any tips for a general noob? also any tips on building mass for a "hard gainer" would be ace! thank you ahead of time, the guys here are probably the nicest i've chatted with on the gay interwebs. icon_razz.gif


    Ask one of the trainers at the gym to sit down with you and discuss "gym etiquette". They are usually more than happy to accommodate.
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    Jul 11, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    Don't fart on someone in the locker room. God love this big dude who was really trying to lose some weight but I was changing, bent over tying my shoes, he bent over to drop his shorts and greased a fart about 12 inches from my head. I am bald to this day!
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    Jul 11, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    Find out what the house rules are at your induction. Hope it goes well for you. Remember to enjoy yourself. Good luck.