As the summer winds down, a fair number of us we will be heading back into our favorite fitness classes. It’s going to be much busier than it has been all summer, and all of these people are going to be at different fitness levels. Pack your patience with your shoes and post-workout snack! We will have participants that have kept it up all summer, returning participants that enjoyed a summer off, and new participants that want to be the best version of themselves. As our classes begin to thrive, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with five Fitness Class Etiquette Tips to make the experience smooth for everyone.
1. Arrive on Time – joining a class late* can be both distracting and unsafe. Please respect your fellow attendees as well as your instructor and arrive to classes a bit early or right on time. This will also allow you a proper warm-up, reducing your chance of injury. *If lateness is unavoidable, please go to the back of the class.
2. Choose Proper Footwear – closed toed shoes (running shoes, cross-trainers etc…) will provide a non-slip grip on the floor and any equipment utilized in your class. Ensure that your footwear is clean of all dirt and debris. If you wouldn’t wear it in your house, please don’t wear it in our workout areas.
3. Make your Workout Your Own – The instructor is there to guide you through YOUR workout; listen to your body and modify as you see fit. If you are going to modify your workout significantly from the instructor’s planned program, please move to the back of the room as to not distract others from the instructor’s guidance.
4. Socializing – should be done either before or after the class. Talking throughout the class can be viewed as disrespect to not only the other participants, but to the instructor as well. If you can talk, you’re not working hard enough!
5. Stay for the Whole Class – Flexibility is a large part of your overall wellness! Be sure to take the time to stretch out the muscles you’re worked. Not only will it reduce soreness in the day(s) after, but it will reduce risk for injury down the road.
Weight-Room etiquette is basically the same at every gym or club. At the YMCA we like to base our etiquette on four core values displayed prominently in every location across Calgary and Canada alike. Following the basic idea of these core values both personally and within the facility allows all members to show one another the kindness of these core values in our workout areas.
Honesty – Personal – Listen to your body and acknowledge what your limits are; push yourself to those limits. Hitting below won’t give you the results you desire, and above may lead to injury. Facility – There isn’t a sign-up for our cardio machines as there once was, but we do ask that members honor the 30-minute maximum during busy or peak times when someone could be waiting.
Caring – Personal – Care for yourself by eating well, sleeping well, and creating a wellness balance in your life. Facility – allow others to work-in between your sets. Working together can help build new relationships and friendships within our YMCA community.
Respect – Personal – Acknowledge that you are being the best version of yourself and stop comparing yourself to others. Cherish the uniqueness that is you! Facility – wipe down equipment after use, no one wants to use equipment that hasn’t been cleaned! The staff and volunteer team has a cleaning list that covers all equipment in the gym and we do our best to keep things are clean as possible for member use.
Responsibility – Personal – Hold yourself accountable, don’t blame external forces if you stumble. It happens to everyone; own it and move past it. Facility – Clean up after yourself; put weights away, cable attachments back to where they belong, and take pride in being part of our YMCA community.
The YMCA prides itself on delivering four core values in our every day engagements. As a member of the YMCA, we hope that you feel those core values every time you are in our facilities, as well as paying it forward to one another.
Today is Day One of 2013 Summer Day Camps at your YMCA!
Things To Remember As A Day Camp Parent:
~Give yourself extra time. The line-up for check-in on day one is always the longest. Remember that ID will be checked before you enter the drop-off zone and again with the councellor. This will happen every day at drop-off and pick-up.
~Anyone who hasn’t completed a med form online will have to fill one out before entering the drop-off zone, no exceptions.
~It’s a hot one out there! Be sure to send your child with a water bottle and lots of sunscreen.
~Bug spray will probably be necessary; it’s going to be a “mosquito” kinda year!
Things To Remember As A General Member:
~Day Camps have a lot of campers that are going to be taking up a lot of space; check the gym pool schedule at your branch for accurate room availability
~These are our future leaders! Patience and kindness and appreciated as our campers roam our halls, swim in our pools, and play in our fields.
Things To Remember As A Camper:
Here’s to a wonderful summer!
YMCA Calgary: Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility
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