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Fitting In At The Gym Doesn't Have To Be A Challenge

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The gym can be an intimidating place, especially for those new to exercise. But paying close attention to proper gym etiquette is the best way to ensure you aren't a nuisance at the gym. The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit fitness authority, offers five tips on how to blend in with the regulars.

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"Gym intimidation can be a significant factor preventing individuals from reaping the many important benefits of exercise," said Dr. Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for ACE. "Walking through the club doors is the first step, but building your comfort zone at the gym starts with respecting others around you."

Review these simple tips to make sure you don't offend fellow gym goers.

  • Don't be rude. Avoid lingering on machines too long, blaring your music, singing noisily, grunting excessively while working out or talking loudly on your cell phone.

  • Maintain good hygiene. The gym is a public place, be considerate and leave all the machines clean after using them. Wipe your sweat off the equipment once you are