A while ago, I wrote about what I call Sweatiquette —how to get or keep fit without sacrificing your self-respect. 

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Gyms change—new members, new classes, new equipment, new workout trends so I thought it was time for some updated tips so you can keep your dignity when you’re on the treadmill, lifting weights, doing a downward dog or toning your abs.


  • You think you have a great voice. That’s wonderful. Though singing along with your IPod while lifting weights or stretching is probably best done at home where you’re either alone or with someone who doesn’t mind your singing.
  • If you’re taking a class for the first time, find a spot at the back. That way only a few people will notice any missteps and you don’t have to worry about the person behind you.
  • Tone down sound effects—yep, it’s still happening. Only these sound like they’re from Fifty Shades of Grey. Colour me Fifty Shades of Red.
  • Need to relax in the whirlpool after a tough workout? How about a coffee with that? Double double, bubble bubble could spell trouble.
  • Take a quick shower, especially when the gym is busy. Save the spa treatments for home or better still, treat yourself to a spa appointment.
  • Mirrors, mirrors everywhere–to share and check your form not preening and practicing your Selfie pout.
  • Check exercise wear from all angles in the change room—make sure you can bend, stretch, jump, lunge, or run without fear of a wardrobe malfunction. You know how that can go viral!
  • Yes, we all sweat. There’s no getting around it. And our clothes can get a bit whiffy. You can get around that by washing them, regularly, probably more regularly than you think.
  • Not everyone goes to the gym socialize. Some may actually go to work out or work off the day’s stresses. Give them some space, respect and quiet.

You don’t always know who’s at the gym. Yes, some might be friends or co-workers. What about the rest? They could be your next best client, supervisor, CEO or the person interviewing you for that fantastic new job. Remember to share, show some consideration and class and no one will remember the sweat.