• Etiquette inside fitness centers and fight clubs

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    MUMBAKKI DANIEL FORONDA

    MUMBAKKI DANIEL FORONDA

    (Last of three parts)

    One must be reasonable. Adults who wish to join the fad or hop into the bandwagon of developing a fighter’s physique should not lose touch with reality. Take a good long look at yourself in the mirror and assess your current physical state, most especially if it will be your first attempt at learning any of the fighting arts. It does not matter if you are a former martial artist. If you have not practiced for years and are carrying extra bodyweight, it would be advisable to take it easy and train safely. I hate to be the one to point this out but you might not have the same flexibility that you might have had in your younger years, and you might end up tearing and damaging your muscles if you are not careful. Here is the truth, told plainly: men enroll themselves in fight clubs so they have an “advantage” when they need to “get it on.” Women, on the other hand, although less obviously, only want to have the ability to kick some serious behind if given the chance. Fitness, then, becomes only a second priority.

    When entering the locker room, unless you are already friends with most other members, keep your eyes to yourself. Some Fight club locker rooms are full of testosterone filled, angry, insecure men who go there to deal with their frustrations. Should you need to briefly speak to a member who is naked, remember to keep your eyes at level with his, regardless of what distracting things might be swinging for your attention. In the women’s locker room, although breasts are a wonderful sight to see (at least for the men), avoid staring.

    There is also, no reason for your gym bag to sit on the benches and take up space especially if there are many other members in the area who would need to use them. You can either choose to place your things on the benches and remain standing, or you can find a place to sit on the floor and take your bag with you. If the locker is packed, then wait for your turn for an available space.

    Respect the trainers/teachers. Some fight clubs still observe the tradition of bowing, or following various respective ways of saluting before and after each class. This is an important part of being in a team. While some clubs disregard tradition and advertise their MMA as an ultra modern way of learning how to fight, you must still respect the seniors and other members, even if these members are also new to the club.

    If you are in the grappling arts, it is recommended that you take a shower before a session. At the very least, put on a newly washed and presumably clean set of clothes. Remember, sweating is normal and a clean towel is your friend. Fight clubs sometimes provide gloves and hand wraps for members to use, but as much as possible, when at the boxing class bring your own gloves and hand wraps.

    Consider these points if you are a member of any fitness center or fight club: It is always an advantage to have and be good friends with other members. Many of them could get you connected with other people or at least make your life more interesting. If you choose to be difficult enough to make enemies, it would be better for everyone concerned that you stay home and enjoy your own unpleasant company. There is no need to subject other people to your bad behavior. The gym instructors and trainers do not exist to be at your beck and call, they are not your slaves and you must never treat them as if they were put on this earth to follow your every unreasonable whim. I must add the other members will not tolerate your apparently misguided sense of entitlement.

    Put your brain to work and start being considerate. It won’t kill you, stupid behavior will.

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