Cellphone Use and Recording in the Gym
Cell phones are everywhere; almost every member has a cell phone. We use our cell phones to listen to music, watch movies, take videos, selfies, stay connected via phones calls and social media. We use our phones throughout the day, every day.
When does cell phone use become a problem at the gym? Can a member listen to their own music through the speaker, or what if they listen with earbuds but the member two treadmills down can hear it because the volume is turned up too loud? Can your member take a video of themselves to see their form and are they allowed to post it to social media when other members are seen on the video? These are all great questions and we know that if we took questions, there would be a lot more great examples of what ifs.
The reality is that we need to have a policy that protects the facility and members even if that includes restricting cellphones all together (yes, this is happening at some gyms). Here are some example policies used:
- Phone Policy – Please be respectful of others:
- Use headphones/earbuds at a reasonable volume
- NO photos or videos in the locker rooms
- Photos and videos allowed in facility if positioned to not include others
- No calls or video conversations with the exception of the lobby
- Cellphone video/photo Policy: Please be respectful of others’ privacy and do not take or post pictures of others on our premises.
- Avoid Texting and Calls while Working Out. Please be considerate of others and avoid texting and making phone calls while on equipment.
- Cell phone use is prohibited in workout areas and locker rooms.
There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to what you allow or restrict at your facility. Find what works for you but get it in writing and have it posted in your facility.
“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness”. ~Abraham Maslow