Gym Etiquette

We want everyone to have a good time. There are a few rules and some that are implied. If this is your first time in a gym setting, please feel free to read this article to help you understand gym lingo and behaviour. 

Its important:

  • Keep hydrated 
  • Wear the appropriate clothing 
  • No cell phones allowed in the studios
  • No bags allowed in the studios or gym floor
  • First come, first serve 
  • Be there 10 minutes before class to prep
  • You are not allowed to film, or take pictures in the spin studio

What to Bring: 

  • Water bottle (There are water bottle available to buy) 
  • Gym Towel (small hand towel) 

What to wear: 

  • sports bra
  • legging 
  • tank top / t-shirt 
  • training shoes (preferably non marking) 

Things to remember: 

  • Wipe down the equipment after use. 
  • Use your towel when using equipment 
  • Pack away your equipment after use
  • Don't drop your weights (unless needed) 
  • There is no eating on the gym floor. 
  • Drinking water is encouraged 

'Unspoken' Rules: 

  • Don't judge, make inappropriate comments or make fun of other members 
  • Always ask before taking - when someone else is using a machine or weight, ask if you can share or to get them when they are done. 
  • Don't have an extensive phone conversation
  • Chat away, but when using a machine keep chatting to a minimum so someone else can use the machine as well and not have to wait till then end of your conversation... 
  • Follow the bathroom stall rules. - Give a person space... 
  • Unless someone is in danger don't offer advise without being asked. Rather call a trainer to speak to the person. 



AMRAP: As many reps/rounds as possible in a given time.

EMOM: Every minute, on the minute. A set number of reps are performed at the start of every minute.

HIIT: High-intensity interval training. Short, intense work periods provide improved athletic capacity and metabolism.  

TRX®: Total Body Resistance Exercise. Refers to yellow and black straps you might see anchored to the wall or a rack used for bodyweight and suspension training.

BOSU®: Both sides up. The BOSU® is a half sphere. One side is flat and rigid, and the other side is a pliable ball. BOSU® is often used for balance or core training. Note: BOSU® recommends standing only on the dome side of the equipment.

DOMS: Delayed onset muscle soreness. Discomfort and stiffness experienced in the muscles hours or days after performing an exercise with unaccustomed loads or movements. Many people experience the effects of DOMS 1-3 days after exercise.

BMR: Basal metabolic rate. The amount of energy expended while at rest in order to perform biological functions. In general, the more muscle mass one has, the higher the BMR.

BMI: Body mass index. BMI is a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by his or her height in meters, squared. BMI should be used in conjunction with other measurements for best results.  

WOD: Workout of the day.

Lifting weights: General resistance training with a variety of exercises and equipment. This is what most people do for strength training in the gym.

Weightlifting: Competitive sport focusing specifically on the execution of the snatch, clean and jerk movements.

Powerlifting: Competitive sport focusing on the deadlift, bench press and squat.

Functional training: Compound or multi-joint exercises or movements used to prepare the body for everyday life.

Group fitness: Mode specific, often choreographed classes such as indoor cycling, Zumba, aqua, or group strength training, where the instructor leads by demonstrating exercises.

Group training: Smaller, semi-private group in which the trainer leads by coaching. Group training often occurs on the main, public floor of a fitness center.

Circuit: Performing a series of exercises, moving from one exercise to the next with little or no rest.

Super set: Two exercises performed in alternating fashion.

Intervals: A set amount of time in work, followed by a set amount of time in rest.

Tabata: A method of interval training invented by Dr. Izumi Tabata. Eight rounds of 20-second, high intensity work intervals, followed by 10 seconds of rest.

Kettlebell: Cast iron weight equipment in the shape of a bell. Used for swings, lifts and carries.

Medicine ball: Firm, weighted ball often used for throwing and catching with resistance. Not designed for slamming on the ground. There are pliable balls called slam balls made specifically for slamming.

Selectorized machines: Weight machines where you can easily select a weight by inserting a pin in the weight stack. These machines are sometimes called circuit machines.

Free weights: Dumbbells or other equipment used freely or without the guidance of a machine or cable.

Collar: The attachment that secures plate weights on a barbell, so the weight doesn’t slip off.

Foam roller: A long, cylinder made of foam used for soft tissue massage (which is often called myofascial release).

Elliptical: Cardio machines that create a range of motion that follows an elliptical pattern, reducing impact to joints.

Spot: Watching and/or assisting someone as they perform a loaded exercise to minimize risk.

Rep: One complete motion of an exercise.

Set: A group of consecutive repetitions.