5 ways to practice gym etiquette during COVID-19

Currently, community cases were increasing dramatically among the locals. There was a positive case detected in the gym recently. Thus, here’s how to enjoy your workout while being courteous to those around you.

Pandemic situation

It’s ironic how we all rush to the gym for health and fitness, yet gyms are probably some of the ‘germiest’ places possible. All that sweat, people packed together in close quarters, heavy breathing… it’s not pleasant if your gym isn’t well ventilated.

But when you do go, practice these few things so that you and your fellow workout buddies stay safe and healthy

1) Don’t go at peak hours

It may seem understandable, but many people forget that changing their gym time by only a half an hour can sometimes make a huge difference, and imperceptibly flattening the curve.

It is better to go in earlier or much later to avoid rush times when the gym is jam-packed.

Most gyms have booking slots nowadays, so kindly ensure you follow your allocated time slot.

2) Wear proper attire

Trendy sportswear is cool at all time, but take common sense over fashion in this pandemic situation. To have a comfortable gym environment, wearing the right gear can help protect you at the gym.

For instance, wearing long-sleeved workout clothes to protect your skin from hosting the virus and bringing it close to your mucus membranes.

Practise social distancing when using the gym facility is also one of the ways to reduce the chance of infecting virus.

3) Hygiene Practice

Gym users can practice hygiene in the gym room by bringing the towel. Presently, it’s essential to take at least two towels instead of one.

When using each machine, one should ensure to wipe sweat from the face. Be conscious of what surfaces the fabric touches, and which sections are still clean.

Wipe down everything you use, before and after you use it. It is better to disinfect the gym equipment before using it by wiping the surface of the equipment.

4) Bring your own water bottle

Minimizing touching as many surfaces as possible right now is sensible, so bring your own filled 1-litre bottle with you, instead of taking water breaks at the cooler and potentially sipping directly from the dispenser stream. A litre should be more than enough, even if you are in the gym for over an hour.

5) Put off your gym class or play gym in your home

Air circulation and ventilation play an important contribution to the transmission of viruses.

Depending upon the type of exercise being performed in the class or in the weight room, there may be a higher risk of transmission.

For instance, heavy exertion can lead to extraoral or nasal secretions flying through the air. If your room is not well ventilated, the chances of your contact with the virus go up significantly.

It is advisable to have the gym in a more wide-open area. For worse cases, having it at the home is the best way to prevent the COVID 19 outbreak to avoid people in contact with each other.


In a nutshell, remember to follow the SOP set by the KKM. Greet your trainer and gym buddies with a wave instead of a hug or high-five. Stay safe and enjoy your workout during COVID 19!

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