you pick them up, you put them back. Don’t leave dumbbells / barbels / weights / workout mats just lying there. Your mom doesn’t live here, so please clean up after yourself. I see this happen in every gym I go to, and it is annoying and inconsiderate. Furthermore, it can be a safety hazard. There have been many cases in the gym where people trip over dumbbells or barbels left on the floor (happened to me personally).
Some people do return the weights, but the problem is that they don’t return them to their proper place! For example, they take out a pair of 10 KG dumbbells, and return them to the place of where 50 KG dumbbells should be! I understand that sometimes people don’t find the proper place for the weight free, but if it is then put it there. Same goes for the weight rack.
Some gyms such as OXYGEN have people who just go around to put back the weights, which is sad in my opinion. It’s not enough we have maids cleaning after us at home, but now we have that in the gym too? I remember a few weeks ago when I saw a huge guy in the gym, and he actually snapped his fingers at the cleaner and told him to add his weights on the machine for him!! Talk about lazy! If you can’t add or put back your own weights, then you should just go home!
This example is an extreme example, but it does highlight the habit of laziness in us that we need to address. We are all guilty of forgetting to return our weights once in a while, but try to keep in mind how it might affect others.
About the Guest Writer:
Suheil Al-Tayea is a qualified personal trainer and sports nutritionist and a graduate from Heriot-Watt University. Suheil posts a lot of health tips on his instagram (trainerq8) if anyone’s interested. He will be posting a lot of healthy related posts and tackling myth fitness routines.