Proper Gym Music Etiquette

A gym membership doesn't mean you can force your fellow fitness buffs to listen to your music choices. Modern Manners Guy on the etiquette of listening to music at the gym.

Richie Frieman,
March 26, 2012

Proper Gym Music Etiquette

I know I’ve covered a lot of gym etiquette recently, but there's one more thing that really drives me nuts. Call me a music snob, but I think certain music – and music levels - fit certain activities.

For example, at my daughter’s ballet recital, I would not expect to hear Metallica. At a wrestling match, I wouldn’t expect to hear Lady Gaga. Going to the gym is an activity where you are actually free to listen to whatever you like, but why must you insist on forcing your music onto others by turning up the volume on your device or singing out loud? 

Mind you, everyone has their tastes, and we are all welcome to listen to whatever we want. But should everyone else be subjected to our particular tastes as well? At the gym the other day, I was caught in a 20-square-foot music zone caused by one impolite gym-goer. I couldn’t escape it! It followed me like a swarm of bees chasing a giant chunk of sugar. Not only was the music loud enough to hear through the gym-goer’s headphones, but he insisted on singing along to it as well… badly, I might add. For the record, there is a reason that Wham! broke up in the 1980s, and it's a good reason. Remember the classic “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”? Yeah, me neither.

When working out, be mindful of others around you. It’s rude to blast your music through your headphones so loudly that I can hear it over the buzz of a treadmill! And if you are going to listen to music AND feel the need to practice your American Idol audition while on the Stair Master, do not shout it at the top of your lungs. If you need this to get you going, try going to a piece of equipment that is not around others. Or you could go to the gym at a time when it’s not as crowded. And even then, the gym employees may object.

In the end, we all need music in our lives. At the gym it’s no different. But don’t think that your gym membership means you own the place!

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