Wear clean, presentable gym clothes and deodorant when working out. Carry a towel with you and try to keep sweat off the machines. Wipe equipment down when you have finished with it. Don’t swoop immediately on just-vacated equipment; the user may be resting between repetitions. Don’t offer advice on other people’s workouts and don’t stare at fellow gym-goers. If wearing headphones, keep your music at a volume inaudible to others, and ensure that others are not watching the TV before changing channels.

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