Now that we’re a full month into a new year, we hope that you are finding success as you work towards your fitness goals. The J wants to ensure that all of our members feel comfortable, safe and respected during their time here, so the beginning of the year is a great time to refresh ourselves on our gym etiquette guidelines for our facilities.
1. Check In
Bring your key fob to be scanned every time you visit. Nobody likes to wait in line, so help us reduce your wait time at check-in by bringing your key fob with you every time you visit. If you’ve lost yours, please obtain a replacement card in our membership services department. Replacement cards are $3.
2. Dress to Sweat
Please wear appropriate attire, including shoes. Please wear a shirt at all times, and do not wear street shoes in the gym or on the fitness floor. They are not safe. Also, help us keep the floors dry and safe for everyone by making sure your shoes are dry before wearing them into a group exercise room, studio or gym.
3. Don’t Make that Call
Please do not engage in phone conversations on the fitness floor, in studios or in the locker room. Take time for yourself by unplugging from your devices while on that treadmill or in that Reformer Pilates class. Let the member working out next to you do the same by not making him or her part of your phone conversations. Focus on your workout so you get more out of your time here with less risk of injury. Need to talk? Strike up a conversation with a fellow member and make a new friend.
4. Share with Your Friends
Please adhere to time limits on the cardio equipment. Gyms are busy places, and our members have busy lives. Please help everyone fit their workout into their schedules by adhering to the time limits on our cardio equipment. For longer stretches of cardio, sign up for Signature Training or take advantage of Group Exercise classes.
5. Put it Back Where You Found It
We provide towel and locker services at no extra charge. But we do ask that you please re-rack your weights and return other equipment to its place. Having to search for that one, specific kettlebell when you need it can be frustrating. Help us prevent that by replacing your weights and equipment when you’re finished with them. Your fellow members and fitness staff thank you.
6. Wipe it Off
We want you to work up a sweat while you’re working out, but please take it with you when you go. Please be kind enough to wipe off your cardio equipment when you’re finished so it’s ready (and not yucky or slippery) for the next person to work out. We promise there’s a towel and cleaner within a few steps of your machine.
7. Hit the Shower First
Please shower (with soap) before entering whirlpools or swimming pools to help keep them clean and clear. Taking a shower before pool time reduces the amount of impurities that make it to the water and helps us keep the pools a sanitary place for you and everyone else.
8. No Aromatherapy
Please do not bring anything scented or dangerous (such as a can of shaving cream) into a sauna. The heat of the saunas can intensify smells, so please leave anything scented outside the room. Also, help us avoid a mess by not bringing pressurized cans (such as shaving cream) into the sauna.
9. Hit the Basket, Not the Floor
Please place your used towels in the laundry bins and not on the floor. Help us keep the J tidy! After your workout or shower, place your used towels in marked bins so that they can be cleaned.
10. Golden Rule, Just Like School
Please treat your fellow members and our staff respectfully and courteously. Everyone here is working toward the same goals, so let’s help each other. Be considerate and encouraging to those working out around you.
If you have any questions about policies at the J, please contact Patrick McKee (SFC) at 314-442-3293 or Bernie Suddarth (Fox) at 314-442-3452.