10 Rules of Gym Etiquette People Are Constantly Ignoring

Acting Like It's Your Class
If you're not the official instructor, don’t tell others where to stand or how to do the exercise, unless asked. Wavebreakmedia/Thinkstock

The last time I went to a group fitness class, this woman tried to tell me where to stand. Not the instructor – just another class-goer. Since I'm the type of person who takes orders well from authority figures and no one else, I gave her the side eye and stayed put. You see, she (and many other group fitness junkies) have Instructor Syndrome. They think they're the teacher, but conveniently skipped the whole certification/getting a job portion of the process and jumped right into being know-it-alls. In between telling others what to do, they suck up to the teacher, like she's going to give them an "A" or something.

That's not where the class-related missteps end, however. People come in late and push their way to the front and center, edging out those of us who arrived early or on time. They talk loudly to other classmates, totally disrespecting the instructor, distracting others and giving me more information than I really needed to know about their recent root canal. Then, if the rest of the experience doesn't completely go their way (music too loud, class too hard), they bypass the teacher and go directly to management to complain. You know how much those teachers make in an hour? Practically nothing. Most of them do it simply for the love of teaching and helping others get healthy, so do them a favor and make polite suggestions, rather than going over their heads to the big dogs. At the end of the day, it's supposed to be fun, not an opportunity to bring others down.