Montecito Manual to Club Etiquette

Montecito Manual to Club Etiquette

From yoga and Pilates to circuits and supersets, there’s no right or wrong way to get in shape. Whatever it takes to break a sweat, right? But let's not leave that sweat on the mats or equipment. From the weight room to the cardio room, when it comes to club etiquette, there are a few rules that everyone should follow—fitness karma points guaranteed.

The Weight Room

Respect the headphones
Singles feel free to mingle, but people who have their headphones in are basically putting up a big "do not disturb" sign. So, save the chit chat for later.
Wax on, wax off
Sure, we may have hit the gym to avoid doing housework, but wiping down machines is a chore with serious payoffs. (No one wants a side of germs and infectious skin disease with their workout). There are wipes on the walls and now in the group exercise room too. 
Lift a finger
More chores, we know. But returning free weights, medicine balls, and other equipment to their proper places is more than courteous- it might burn a few extra calories too!
Get the gloves out 
Let’s keep the boxing held to mitt catching and the heavy bag and not fight for space. The TRX/Boxing room is designed for classes, but member workouts are encouraged when classes are not scheduled. Please refer to the TRX/Boxing under fitness (on our website) to plan your visit. 
Mind the mirror
Leave the lip gloss application and ab adoration for the locker room. Gym mirrors are there for form and safety, so avoid crossing in front of Mr. Military Press mid-set.
Get in the zone
The right one, that is. From bicep curls to squats there’s a proper place for everything at the club—and although it can be tight at times please respect others space. 
Sometimes there just aren’t enough toys for everyone. Let a stranger "work in" And rather than standing idly by, maximize your time and efforts with a few supersets. 
Easy does it
While it's not an official policy, we prefer it to be earthquake-free. Avoid dropping heavy weights like hot cakes—and leave excessive grunting off the menu while you're at it.

The Cardio Zone

Give some breathing room
It’s no secret that cardio can get a little sticky-icky sometimes. So when there’s a choice of seven free treadmills, is it really necessary to cozy up right next to Ultra-Marathon Man? Scout out a spot with a bit more space and remember to wipe it after use for the next user. 
Get mobile without the mobile phone
Chatting on a treadmill is a recipe for roadkill. There are exceptions, including firing up fitness apps like LF Connect or MyFitnessPal to stay on track. But otherwise, it's safer (and less annoying) to keep your eyes off your phone and on the road (er, treadmill).
No spitting, snot rocketing, or other barnyard behavior
This should go without saying, but spend enough time in a gym and you're bound to see it once. Do not pass go; proceed directly to the sanitizing wipes (stank face optional).
No marking your territory
Saving seats was so not fair in middle school—and not much has changed since then. So don’t expect that towel, water bottle, or fanny pack (workout fashion 911!) to mean “dibs” on the elliptical.

The Group Exercise Room

Arrive early
Fashionably late doesn’t apply when it comes to group classes. Plan to arrive at least five minutes early to find a spot and settle in without disruption.
Sun salutations should be PG, so make sure the arms and legs can extend fully—without feeling up your neighbor. Remember you can always readjust after everyone has arrived. 
Go with the flow
Class energy matters, so go ahead and chant those affirmations-just not in a shavasana. There’s a time and a place for ohm-ing, panting, and calling out reps.
Be kind
Now this applies to all areas of the club: Smile, be courteous, and even try saying, "hi" (Using words instead of grunts or bumps is almost always preferable). The club may not always be the happiest place on earth (that’s Disneyland, right?), but it can’t hurt to make a solid effort. 
–Adapted to Montecito, originally written by Jordan Shakeshift 2014