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20 Bad Gym Habits You Need to Quit

We thank you for wiping down your equipment when you're finished, and yes, we appreciate you saving those mirror selfies for when you get home. But when it comes to proper gym etiquette, it turns out we're still doing it wrong. Trainers, group instructors, and fitness pros from around the country weigh in on the worst behaviors.

1. Spit It Out


"If you're chewing gum, it means you're not breathing properly, which is the whole way real yoga works. I go around and have people spit their gum out if I see it!" —Lauran Imparato, founder of I.AM.YOU yoga studio in NYC

2. When in Doubt, Wash It


"We all have those days, I get it, but the best instructors are hands on. There is nothing worse than going in for an assist on someone in stinky clothes." —Imparato

3. Focus on Yourself


"I hate it when people get competitive with you during class, and not in a friendly way. You never know if it's someone's first class, if they are injured, or just having a bad week. Whatever the case, everyone is at a different level and that's completely fine." —Aly Teich, founder of The Sweat Life

4. Show Some Respect


"I think people don't understand or respect the volume of requests and tasks front desk staff has to deal with. Being rude to anyone is never acceptable, but this is something I see a lot." —Teich

5. Mute Your Inner Mariah


"Music is a HUGE motivator for getting through your workout, and you should listen to whatever you choose. But that doesn't mean you should sing along loudly so everyone else can listen too." —Teich

6. Stop Stalking


"While I understand that there are one-hour limitations on machines during rush hour for a reason, and those should be respected, it's rude to stand and give death eyes at someone if they are dominating a machine. Kindly remind them their time is up, or be creative and get your cardio in another way!" —Teich

7. No Savesies


"People take their spot in class very seriously. There are a lot of factors like mirror space and fan placement which help people decide where to be in the room. Sometimes your friend doesn't even show up and you are left looking like a fool." —Allie Cohen, trainer at Barry's Bootcamp in LA

8. Dress For the Part


"Converse and skater shoes are not OK to workout in. It isn't safe for you to train if you aren't wearing proper shoes, so invest in a great pair of workout sneakers." —Cohen

9. Follow the Pack

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"If you want to do your own workout you should go to the gym on your own, not to bootcamp. It's very distracting and throws the energy off when one person isn't practicing." —Cohen

10. Don't Stare at the Clock


"You chose to be there, pay attention to what you are doing and count reps, not minutes. You can also try singing along [see #5 for volume recommendation], it will make the time fly." —Cohen

11. Don't Drop It


"People will be so fatigued after a set that they just throw their weights down, but this is a big safety hazard. Although you just pushed it to the limit, carefully place your weights down." —Cohen

12. Turn Off the Spotlight


"Unless you're rocking a sweet Apple Watch on your wrist, your phone with your Shazam app should stay in your bag. Wait until after class to ask the instructor about any and every song you like." —Sarah Shelton, instructor at Cycle House LA

13. Protect Your Goodies


"Boobs are bouncing more than ever in class—bottom line, ladies, we need better bras! Poor fitting sports bras can be a big distraction to others and it can also be bad for you. Many designers are making beautiful, cool cuts, but when it comes to high-intensity levels of activity, these bras don't always hold everything in place." —Shelton

14. Use the Lockers


"Don't put your gym bag, purse, or any luggage next to the bike or on the handle bars. Just like in planes, buses and trains, please keep the aisle free." —Vladimir Bermudez, Ph.D., Group Fitness Instructor at Crunch in NYC

15. Don't Be a Diva


"If you're going to take a spot in the middle of the class, don't leave halfway through. Is that a version of the 'exit of the diva'?" —Bermudez

16. Quit Stealing


"If there's equipment out, that usually means someone's using it. There's enough for everyone, so to take it out from the rack...yourself." —Bermudez

17. Look Around


"When we're training, especially if we're traversing space, people with headphones that aren't paying attention will put a mat down and start doing a floor-based exercise in the same line. Which isn't just annoying, it's flat out rude." —Lauren Gary Rice, Training Manager at DavidBartonGym in Chicago

18. Take The Circus Act Elsewhere


"People balance on objects that aren't meant to be stood on, like stability balls. They always choose to do it like it's a dare: Try and balance on this circular object without breaking your neck. Seeing it is believing it." —Rice

19. Don't Be Greedy


"Some people have a bad habit of taking several pairs of dumbbells to one area far away from the dumbbell rack, during prime-time hours. They'll take a 5, 10, 12, 15 and a 20, like hoarders!" —Rice

20. Taking 40-Minute Showers


Come on, ladies! You know that line goes on for days.


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