Fitness centers often have the same basic rules with slight differences that apply to certain specific factors that may have some effect. These guidelines are kept in place to ensure safety for the member as well as for the establishment. Many of the gyms require their members to comply with the regulations to be able to enter and use the facilities.
Health and Safety
One of the foremost things that are required from the member or prospective member is to have a general check up with the in house doctor before undergoing any exercises or entering any programs. In some cases where the facility has no in house doctor, a certificate from a qualified doctor is required. This is to ensure that the right kind of exercise program will be given to the right individual. The health and safety of the member is foremost with gyms so they need to know what suits the member. When the physical state of the member has been established, the rules and regulations are given to him or her for perusal.
The proper use of the equipment and amenities are often highlighted to new members in order to let them know how these are to be used. Fitness centers with amenities often request their members to extend common courtesy to the following member show may want to use them by wiping off any residual sweat or cleaning up after each use. Sometimes the presence of people who are not members of the place is also disallowed as this can distract those who are concentrating in their programs. Children are usually not allowed to stay inside the establishment with their parents due to safety concerns.
Individuals who are part of the gym are usually briefed about what attire is appropriate for the facility. Decent clothes are often requested by the establishments to ensure that there is no malice or illicit goings on which may be spurred by indecent attire. Exposing the upper body, both by male and female individuals is frowned upon and may cause the member’s attention to be called. Casual clothing which may not coincide with the ideal of fitness centers is usually not allowed. Shoes with socks are required as well unless specific aerobic exercises specify otherwise. Some establishments may disallow entrance when they are not satisfied with the member’s attire.
Personal hygiene is another issue that fitness centers are often a stickler at. The use of showers, saunas, and other amenities are often include din a gym membership but house rules often dictate that these be cleaned well after use and used in an appropriate way.