Reminder on Some of the Rules

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  • John Philips

I’m not sure if it is because of an influx of newer people to the Fitness Center or if it is just a memory issue but it appears that I need to send out a little reminder of a few of the rules/considerations that need to be addressed.

The first one is the 30-minute time limit on the cardio equipment when others are waiting or when it is busy. Such as when all three of the recumbent bikes are in use. Most fitness centers have some type of rule like this, so it shouldn’t be new. What really is not cool, is that each of the machines had a sticker on them stating 30-minute maximum and someone has taken it upon themselves to peel the stickers off. This simply means that I need to find a more permanent way to make this rule known. What is really interesting is that studies have shown that even though you are burning calories no matter how long you stay on a cardio machine, there are more effective ways to continue burning calories and, in some techniques, may even burn more calories then you do when you go that extra 15, 20 or 30 minutes. So, please try to keep it to 30 minutes on one machine. It doesn’t mean that you can switch to different type of machine to continue working if you still feel that need to spin your wheels (possibly waste your time.)

The other big one that is somewhat disruptive and has been addressed not only in the Fitness Center but also in the general public is the use of cell phones. It is just a simple courtesy to step outside when you are making or receiving phone calls. It’s not necessarily that other people don’t care about you or what is going on in your life but do really want everyone to know how your colonoscopy went or that your son in-law is a dead beat. So, please take the calls outside of the Fitness Center.

Finally, the banging and restacking of weights. There really is no reason why you should be banging the weights. It is hard on the weights and defeats the purpose of maintaining pressure on the muscles perform the work that is necessary to make increases. Restacking the weights are more of a risk issue. If the weights are left lying around, someone could trip on them or stumble over them. If they are left on the bar, someone might hurt themselves trying to take them off, especially in the case of heavy weights and a weak person. Besides it is just courteous.

If you have any issues or questions please feel free to stop by the center and see me or call 7047-494-9086, email wkuout2@aol.com. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fitness Center.

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