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Fitness experts offer advice on proper gym etiquette

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With an increase in gym goers as people work to keep up with New Year's resolutions, local fitness experts offer advice on proper gym etiquette, for those who may be new to the fitness environment.

Mickey Corum is a new member at Powerhouse Fitness in Joplin.

The first day of the new year, and his first time at the gym, Corum says this is also his first time to have a New Year's resolution.

"My New Year's resolution is to quit smoking, so I'm hoping that with working out, I'll be able to accomplish that," Corum said.

To meet his goal, he is embracing the fitness atmosphere.

"It's very intimidating on your first day," Corum said.

Gym staff members say they make an effort to help new members feel welcome by teaching them the ropes on not only using the machines, but also exercising proper gym etiquette.

"As far as machines are concerned, you always should rest off the machine," said Joe Gulick, personal trainer. "Don't rest on the machine. Give somebody else an opportunity to use the machine."

Gulick says the most important etiquette rule is to properly clean equipment.

"There is a proper way of doing this," he said. "Instead of spraying the pad, you're actually supposed to spray the paper towel itself and then you wipe the pad. Some people spray so much that people end up slipping and falling, so the best thing to do is actually spray the napkin itself first."

Gulick says it is also important to bring your own towel, avoid talking loudly on your cell phone, and always put weights back when you are done lifting.

He says regular members have a responsibility too, to set a good example.

"When new members come in and see other members doing things the right way, they tend to do things the right way too," Gulick said.

A positive gym environment helps members to stay encouraged, and more likely to fulfill their resolutions this year.

"I will meet my goal," Corum said.

Gym owners say membership is highest in January through March, but then generally tapers off as New Year's resolutions die down.
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