It’s 2021, and since last year, having any excuse to go out and safely do something has been welcomed. We saw a huge shift in sanitization expectations, especially in high-traffic areas such as gyms. Being respectful of the people around us became a norm in the new culture of social distancing, mask mandates, and an endless amount of hand sanitizer!
Now that some of the restrictions have been lifted, including in Camden amenity areas, it’s important to remember some best practices when using every apartment community’s most popular spot: the fitness center. Whether you’re new to or familiar with this environment, take a few moments to read these tips!
Wipe down and sanitize equipment
Taking the time to clean your equipment after using it is one of the most important rules in any gym. If you have ever walked over to an empty machine and noticed it had been recently used, you probably remember how gross that was! With that in mind, be considerate of yourself and others and take a few moments to use wipes or a sanitizing solution to leave the equipment clean for the next person.
Don’t drop weights!
You’ve probably heard the sound of weights dropping before - it’s loud, the sound echoes, and it can be somewhat abrupt. If you’re working out in a small space, the sound can be much more intense than in a larger, public setting. If you decide to use free weights in your Camden fitness center, consider either using a lighter weight that you’ll be less likely to drop or having some kind of padding nearby to stifle the sound.
Consider too that dropping weights causes unnecessary wear and tear and can sometimes make the weights unsafe to use. Remember you are sharing gym equipment with everyone who uses the fitness center. Setting weights down instead of dropping them can help make the equipment last longer for everyone. Your neighbors will thank you!
Be aware of your surroundings
It’s possible that you started your workout in an empty fitness center, and before you know it, there are five other people in there with you. If you notice someone waiting to use the machine or equipment you’re using, consider capping your time or making a plan to come back to that station later on.
Once you have finished using something (and wiped it down!) remember to collect any belongings (phone, water bottle, keys, etc.) placed nearby so it’s a clear signal that you’re no longer occupying that space. Try to stick to using one area at a time to avoid confusion for other gym-goers - parking your stuff by a machine could also potentially prevent others from using that spot.
Now that you’re an expert on friendly gym protocol, you’re ready for your next workout at your Camden fitness center! Remember to abide by any mask and social distancing mandates in your area and to drink plenty of water. If you need more fitness guidance, check out how to get the most of your at-home workout and the best ways to stay active during COVID-19.