“Here's my list of what people should/shouldn't do”…
This sounds so teacherish… oh, I almost forgot, you ARE a teacher…hahahaha
“I don't know if it's common Chinese mannerisms like chewing with your mouth open or shoving on the subway”…
Talking about this, it may actually be pretty common in some of the Eastern Asian countries… in Japan, you can still find many guys making big noise while eating, especially the older generations… traditionally, it’s believed that you should make noise when you eat certain type of food to show that you like it, the best example is RAMEN (noodle):
Well, things are changing though…more and more people believe it’s kind of rude to do so, especially the younger generation and females… at least during the years when I was living there, I didn’t witness a single woman doing that, thank goodness… ;)
Ironically, the picture I gave is actually a girl making big noise while sucking in noodles…LOL… but that’s how exactly they look like though… :D
Haha. Yes, I understand that slurping and making noises during a meal in some cultures are seen as good things. There are even some cultures that see flagellating in company as a good thing :P But I'm concerned about weight room etiquette because most of the habits and actions that people do in the room are just unsafe, unsanitary, and unnecessary.
Some people should clean the equipment and machinese after use due to their sweaty hands.
Most of the problem with gyms here is the gyms themselves are F*ing clueless on the proper etiquette. They are just out for $$ and selling their personal training service. In addition to this, you have a culture of single children who have suddenly come into wealth, prosperity, etc; and they are now actually going to the gym in droves. The uneducated leading the new students, no wonder there is a problem.
Problems with the gyms:
No sanitizer on place to let patrons clean equipment after they use it.
No staff actually monitoring the placement of weights/dumb bells, etc...so the gym is a mess.
Very few people who actually go to the gym that know what they are doing.
Limited equipment (even @ Wills) for experienced lifters
Oh the list could go on, but to fix that alone would be a start!!
Yea, I agree completely. I have a one-year membership at Will's and they hardly have enough equipment. All of their dumb bells are damaged, so none of them actually weigh the weight that they display. They only have 1 set of dumb bells per weight, too. Not only this, but the place has only 1 bench press and 1 smith machine. It's sad to even call that place a weight room. :P
There is no swimming pool in the weight room. lol
Mine has one!!
:), last summer, three dudes were lifting weights on a weekend day in their tighty whities. They run backward on the tredmill which is really dangerous. It's almost a rule that you have to wear flip flops in the place. There are always two kids running around, I think they belong to one of the employees. They run around playing like they are in a park and all the adults just smile like they are cute completely unaware of how dangerous it is for the kids and others. They have a little balcony where they smoke so that isn't such a big problem. They always have chinese news blasting on the tredmill tvs and no music. I go into the spinning room to turn on the stereo and there is some chinese love music or something oposite to what i'm looking for to get pumped up. They make up awkward, dangerous lifting teqniques and stay on one machine or with weights for a long time flexing in the mirror in between sessions (that isn't unique to chinese, that's pretty much every weight room on the planet. they never put weights back on the rack in an organized way so it's hard to find things. They walk around the locker room naked aimlessly like they are dirk diggler. The stand on benches looking off into the distance with their balls hanging out. The naked dude locker room culture in China, and it makes me feel uncomfortable.
Weight training is obviously new to China and it is China so I don't expect the same environment, but there are a lot of things that are dangerous and bad for the equipment. Safety should be the first priority in a work out facility. Safety is what they should tackle first I think..
that's good. I would like to go to a nice gym. this one is right across the street and only 1,600 rmb per year. It has everything i need. I just bring my ipod. good thing is there are always tredmills. It's always ok to ask people to let you in on a machine or a bench I think. Most people feel stupid when they get caught checking themselves out in the mirror wasting time. I hope nobody minds that i smoke on the tredmill though :P
dont stare at me