Quiz: Gym Etiquette Quiz
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Gym Etiquette Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

If Emily Post was alive today (and had she turned out to be a gym rat) it’s a safe bet that she’d be shaking her head in frustration at some of the less etiquette-minded people who frequent the average work-out facility. There are many old-timey manuals out there dictating old-fashioned etiquette rules, like table manners, how to make introductions and such, but as gyms are a more modern-day invention fitness fans have often been left to figure things out as they go. Some of us succeed. Others fail spectacularly.

Etiquette in general is just about having manners and being considerate of the people around you. One common thing that drives regular gym-goers nuts is when someone is perfectly capable of loading the weights onto the bar, but then fails to re-rack them. Breaking this cardinal rule of the gym is likely to earn you anything from a side-eye to a verbal cut-down and beyond. Gym fights happen all the time, not so surprising since there’s so much bad behavior and testosterone a-flowing!

Also, be considerate and take steps to protect yourself and others from unwanted germs by following your gym’s clean-up protocol. Nasty bugs like norovirus and MRSA run rampant in gyms and can survive on equipment and in locker rooms for impressively gross lengths of time. So, even though it seems like a pain, do your part! And for the love of everything holy, do NOT go to the gym if you’re sick!

The gym is a place for newbies and vein-popping enthusiasts alike. Take this quiz so you can learn — or brush up — on the unspoken rules of the gym.

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Before you even walk into the gym, what should you make sure to avoid wearing for a work out?
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Sure, nobody can tell you what to wear — but what is one kind of clothing that might not be well-suited to a hardcore workout?
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What is one thing you should do in the free-weight mirrors?
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If you're on a weight machine and someone is waiting for it, you should:
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Is it cool to ask someone how much they lift?
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But what if you're just trying to tell her she looks strong, fit or healthy?
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The proper time to wipe down a machine is:
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You're in the weight room, lifting a ton. (Or like 20 pounds.) To show your mad skill, you:
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Watching fitness classes you're not participating in is:
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Filling your water bottle up at the fountain is:
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Wearing a bikini or swimming briefs at the pool is:
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If you'd like to do sets with multiple weights, you should:
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It's lap swimming time! What do you do if you're sharing a lane?
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Oh, look — that guy's rowing-machine form is way off. Tell him:
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Ready for the locker room? Showering is best done:
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But showers at the gym needn't include:
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You see a newbie at the gym, trying to figure out a machine. You should:
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