Atlanta, GA:  The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) announced today that Emmy Award-winning WSB-TV reporter, NefertitiJáquez will host their 2018 Annual Community Awards Dinner, to be held Friday, September 21 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.

 

“Nef” as she is often referred to, started her career at CBS4 in Miami and has worked in several major markets.  She studied at Brown University and holds a degree in American Politics and Public Policy with an Independent Study in Journalism.  She is a native of Rhode Island and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  She has also trained with the FBI and Homeland Security. She and her rescue dog, Mud, now call Atlanta home.

 

Nefertiti Jáquez joined the WSB-TV team in May of 2016.  WSB-TV parent company, Cox Enterprises, is a long-time Gold Level Partner of the AGLCC.

 

AGLCC President, Sandy Mollet, said of the development, “We are thrilled to have someone of Ms. Jáquez’s caliber serve as the emcee for our showcase event of the year!”  Mollet continued, “Our partners are really engaged, and this is just another example of how.  This event is our opportunity to celebrate the brightest and best among our membership, and to have Nefertiti play such a key role in the program will make an already fabulous event, even more exciting!”

 

The AGLCC Community Awards Dinner recognizes and celebrates LGBTQ and allied business excellence. This year’s event will be held Friday, September 21. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to:AtlantaGayChamber.org

 

About the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

The AGLCC exists to drive economic success for the LGBT business community and our allies.

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the details today for their entertainment line-up for the 2018 Atlanta Pride Festival.

This year, the festival will once again feature three stages, including the Coca-Cola and Nissan Stages as well as a stage named for brand new Atlanta Pride sponsor, Heineken.  All three stages will be filled with a variety of energetic acts and rousing performances throughout the weekend! From the red-hot, Bebe Rexha, to perennial favorites, the Michel Jons Band, the stages will be going strong all weekend! If that isn’t enough, we’ve got DJ’s, dance parties, a comedy block, a youth variety show and more!

The eclectic array of talent includes singer-songwriter, Mike Posner, whose biggest hit “I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ is sure to be a part of the set list; along with Universal-Island Recording Artist, Madison Beer; whose current hit, “Home With You,” is currently climbing the charts.  Others include Michele Malone, Exquisite Gender and rounding out the weekend is the is American Idol contestant, Ada Vox! 

APC Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, said of the schedule, “We are thrilled to be able to offer three stages of diverse and exciting entertainment to festival goers again this year, and we are especially proud to be able to expand our drag performances with the inaugural a “Shooting Stars Cabaret,” which showcases up and coming drag talent. We heard community feedback that said we should feature more local performers, so our Entertainment team added a Saturday show in addition to Sunday’s legendary Starlight Cabaret.”

She continued, “It is important for us to remind everyone, as we do each year that while many other large Pride celebrations have moved to ‘ticketing’ portions of their festival, thanks to the support of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community and our sponsors alike, we can stay true to our commitment of keeping the festival and our entertainment free of charge.” 

The Nissan Partners of Progress Stage is located on Oak Hill between the 12th Street gate and the Charles Allen gate. The Heineken Stage is located next to the pavilion by the active oval near the tennis courts, and the Coca-Cola Stage is located at the top of the Meadow at 10th St. near the Charles Allen Gate, all within Piedmont Park.

A complete line-up of the Nissan, Heineken and the Coca-Cola Stages is included below.  Please note this is subject to change without notice.  For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users after September 15.

For more information about all of these great acts and the most up-to-date information about Atlanta Pride, please visit: www.atlantapride.org

 

 

COCA-COLA STAGE

     
Saturday, October 13   Sunday, October 14
Begins at 2pm   Begins at 3:30pm
     
·      Social House*   ·      Michel Jons Band
·      AJ Mitchell*   ·      DJ John Michael
·      Logan Henderson*   ·      DJ Tracy Young
·      Bryce Vine*   ·      Ada Vox
·      CeCe Peniston   ·      Starlight Cabaret
·      Madison Beer*    
·      Bebe Rexha*    
·      Mike Posner*    
     
*Appearance courtesy of iHeart Media    
     

 

NISSAN PARTNERS OF PROGRESS STAGE

     
Saturday, October 13   Sunday, October 14
Begins at 12pm   Begins at 3:30pm
     
·      Comedy Block   ·      RAHBI
·      African Space Program   ·      Brody Ray
·      Heather Mae   ·      Lily Rose
·      Chelsea Shag   ·      Michele Malone
·      Shooting Stars Cabaret    
·      Queer Your Gender Dance Party    
     

 

HEINEKEN STAGE

     
Saturday, October 13   Sunday, October 14
Begins at 12pm   Begins at 3:30pm
     
·      Literary Block   ·      Sweet Tea:  A Queer Variety Show
·      Out Front Theatre    
·      Exquisite Gender    
·      Alissah Brooks    
·      J. Taylor    
·      Danii Roundtree    
·      J Line    
     
     

 

 

 

                                                           

 

 

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About Atlanta Pride:  The mission of the Atlanta Pride Committee is to advance unity, visibility, and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities through cultural, social, political, and educational programs and activities.

 

 

Out On Film Announces 2018 Festival Line-Up

31st annual Atlanta LGBT film festival to open with crowd-pleasing, Atlanta-set ‘When the Beat Drops’ and close with ‘Mapplethorpe.’

(Atlanta, GA) (August 27, 2018) Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, has announced its programming for Out On Film 31, the 31st annual LGBT film festival. The event will take place September 27 – October 7 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company and the Plaza Theatre. Festival passes, three-packs and individual tickets are available now.

“This is an amazing year for LGBT cinema,” says Out On Film festival director Jim Farmer. “We aim to grow every year and this is our biggest festival to date in terms of the number of films we are showing and the most diverse slate we’ve ever presented. We celebrate films from around the world and in our own backyard. We are excited to share our programming.”

128 films, documentaries, short films and web series will be shown.

 The opening night film is the Atlanta-set “When the Beat Drops,” which follows a crew of gay African-American men as they pioneer the Southern-rooted underground dance scene known as “bucking.” Created in the South, “bucking” was born as a response to being shunned from majorette routines, due largely to homophobia. Together with his crew of fellow gay African-American men, Anthony Davis — an Atlanta-born kid with a love of dance — helped grow bucking into a national movement, complete with fierce competitions, and in the process has created a haven for a generation of displaced black gay men.

“‘When the Beat Drops’ is a perfect opening night film for us,” says Jim Farmer, Out On Film’s festival director. “Jamal’s film is exciting, vibrant and inspirational – and it takes place right in the heart of Atlanta.” Director Jamal Sims, producer Jordan Finnegan, star Anthony Davis and many of the film’s cast will be in attendance.

The closing night film will be Ondi Timoner’s “Mapplethorpe,” starring Emmy nominee Matt Smith (“The Crown”) in a superb performance as the legendary gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.  “Mapplethorpe” charts his rise to fame in the 1970s to his ultimately death in 1989.  The film also stars Mark Moses, John Benjamin Hickey and Marianne Rendon as Patti Smith.

Other highlights include Rupert Everett’s “The Happy Prince.”  The film, featuring Everett in a career-best performance, charts the last days in the life of Oscar Wilde. The cast also includes Colin Firth. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson.

Madeleine Olnek’s Victorian dramedy “Wild Nights With Emily” re-imagines the personal life of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, played magnificently by Molly Shannon. It destabilizes the widely held perception that she was a reclusive spinster by showcasing her “hidden persona”: a lively and comedic personality who was romantically involved with her best friend/sister-in law.  Andrew Fleming’s “Ideal Home” stars Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan as a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year-old boy shows up at their door claiming to be a grandson.

Based on his award-winning short film, Yen Tan’s “1985” is about a closeted young man (an excellent Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”), returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. The supporting cast includes Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis.

In “Snapshots” – directed by Emmy Award winner Melanie Mayron of “Thirtysomething” – a grandmother’s secret past collides with her granddaughters’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present. The film stars Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams and Emily Baldoni.

Marcel Giser’s “Mario” follows a new striker who joins a soccer team and has an unexpected love affair with another teammate, while Jenna Laurenzo’s “Lez Bomb” is an all-star comedy about a closeted young woman who brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving.

Several web series will be included in this year’s program, including the acclaimed “After Forever,” starring Atlanta’s Mitchell Anderson, in which a single gay man in his 50’s suddenly has to re-negotiate his life.

Out On Film’s embrace of documentaries continues with the likes of “Man Made,” directed by Atlanta’s T. Cooper, which takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta). Other extraordinary documentaries include Jeff Kaufman’s “Every Act of Life,” about legendary playwright Terrence McNally, Tiffany Bartok’s “Larger Than Life: the Kevyn Aucoin Story,” about make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin; Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson’s SXSW smash “TransMilitary,” about transgender people serving in the military and their personal and professional struggles; Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” about the famed nightclub and the two men who started it; Melissa Haizlip’s “Mr. SOUL!,” about Ellis Haizlip and his groundbreaking TV series “SOUL,” and Caroline Berler’s “Dykes, Camera, Action,” offering up a history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen. 

Out On Film hosts its first-ever Horror Night on Friday, October 6 with Colin Minihan’s “What Keeps You Alive,” in which majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate a one-year anniversary, and Matt Montgomery’s “Devil’s Path,” in which two men encounter each other on a dangerous gay cruising park trail and quick find themselves caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Following those features will be a series of horror short films.

*Local flavor includes “When the Beat Drops,” “Man Made” “After Forever,” Kiki Wilson’s “Introspective – Labels and Discrimination Within the LGBTQ Community,” and Kevin O’Brien’s religious drama “At the End of the World” starring three Atlanta actors, including lead Stephen Shane Martin.  Local filmmaker Cindy Abel will offer exclusive footage of her 2019 documentary “Surviving the Silence” and the Southern Bred Shorts program will focus on Atlanta or former Atlanta directors.

16 shorts programs will be featured in the line-up.

Since its official inception in 1988, Out On Film has grown to become one of the major LGBT film festivals in the country. The organization became independent in 2008 and in 2017 expanded to 11 days.

The festival will be held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company and the Plaza Theatre. The host hotel is the W Atlanta – Midtown. Returning this year will be the Out On Film VIP Lounge, sponsored by Apres Diem and Absolut.

Festival passes, three packs and individual tickets are on sale through the website – www.outonfilm.org – on August 27.

 Complete screening information will be updated daily on our website – www.outonfilm.org and Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/outonfilmatl – as well as information on community events scheduled before and during the festival. Out On Film can be reached at (678) 237-7206.

Sponsors for the event include Turner, The Georgia Voice, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Fulton County Arts Council, The W Atlanta Midtown, Edge Media Network, Jonathan Buckhead (proprieter, Jonathan Shapero), Georgia Film Office, Craig Hardesty, Project Q Atlanta, Apres Diem, Atlanta Pride, Out Front Theatre Company, Atlanta Film Society, Heineken, MEAK Productions, Cornerstone Financial, Jim Anderson, Absolut, Eldredge ATL, Peach ATL, the DeKalb Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Discover DeKalb), Bill Kaelin Marketing, Atlanta Beltline Partnership, AARP, Georgia Production Partnership, MAAP, John Sartain and Mike Nifong, Warren Gump and Gayborhood.

 

By Scott King

Photo: Shutterstock.com

Spectacles testicles wallet watch. And what a spectacle it is, to watch. I’m talking about DragonCon, of course. To what did you think I was referring?

DragonCon is Atlanta’s annual Fantasy Camp Gamer Convention. Obviously, I don’t know what the terminology is, but it’s a whole bundle of fun. And it is wicked queeah  (that’s how they pronounce LGBT in Maine, the home of Stephen King). Each year, thousands of beautiful nerds and escapists escape to Atlanta for Labor Day weekend, and cohabitate with Black Gay Pride and the first Chick-fil-A sponsored SEC game of the season.

It is something to behold. Speaking of which:

“My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we CAN suppose.”

– J.B.S. Haldane, 1928

Ain’t that the truth.

This one time at band camp, I was crossing the crosswalk, uptown. This cute little dude with a pizza box was crossing with me and was all eye contact and empathy. We chatted about things and about the gamer convention he was attending and whether or not I was attending as well. I confirmed that, no, I was just entering the same bougie hotel he was in order to hook up with a dude. Would he want to join us? Have some fun?

Ummmmm, no thanks. He looked very confused. Like he’d never been informed about how the big bad world works sometimes. The next seven stories of elevator silence were cute. He couldn’t possibly have scurried out of that elevator faster. Poor little dude. I hope he enjoyed his pizza.

He’s in the minority, though. Most years, when I check out DragonCon, with a ticket or without, the cisgendered straight men are all about the gaymers, the LGBT, and the open-ended ambiguity. Not to mention the exhibitionism. Man cannot live on Instagram alone. A decent portion of the Maids seem more into each other than Brave Sir Robin, so the dewds stand and pose.

It’s not queerbait. It’s a fish food banquet. It is ambrosia, the nectar of the gods, served in red solo cups. Just please no tighty-whities.

Love is love, regardless of gender or galaxy intrigue. So how did this ephemeral utopia come to be? I can only imagine that the social politics of these gatherings back in the 20th century were libertarian at best.

Well, think about it. A hero is a lone wolf. Ladies only serve to distract him. Fellow men are only there to be expedient to the plot. The hero’s real soulmate is his nemesis. The villain, all smoldering anticipation and naughty, naughty thoughts, is his spiritual muse and obsession. It’s kinda gay.

Come over to the dark side. I am your father. Quien es tu papi?

Beauty shines in the darkness, though. I took a boyfriend from out of town to DragonCon once. At first, he was like I’ll be going back to Cali, Cali. But then he realized it was something different. In Atlanta, believe it or not, not everyone is a celebrity. So he and I stood out, mostly due to a lack of competition. The girls in their faery wings picked up on us. They were like are you guys together? We were like yeah. If we buy you a drink, will you make out? We were like yeah. A bunch of straight guys in monkshoods came over to us and said, “You guys are SO BEAUTIFUL.” My spine has never tingled so hard.

The next day, me and my boo went down to St. Simons Island, for a little beach time and a respite from this urban life of decay. We were with a bunch of gays at the haus; then we went to the beach. Then we went to the dock. Me and my man were holding hands and walking arm-in-arm. People would not stop fucking staring. It was like we were superheroes or something.

Freakiness is relative. The truth is out there. Live long and prosper.

Can I get a pic?

Khrystian Ball

Khrystian has called Atlanta home for little over a year now. Previous to moving to the city, he served six years in the United States Air Force. He is currently in his senior year at Georgia State where he is studying communications and entrepreneurship. When he is not in school, he loves to travel and cars, and he will happily combine the two to go on a road trip to go to a concert or music festival, which he is also passionate about. He also likes staying active and loves to get physical hiking or in the gym.

We love our cosplay characters and the creativity!

 

Photos: shutterstock.com, Bryan Lee

 

Black Panther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300 or Gladiator

 

 

 

 

 

Anything Star Wars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superheroes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative flair!

 

 

 

 

 

Something scary

 

 

 

 

 

Gender bender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manga-inspired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy-inspired

 

 

 

 

 

Super villains

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

 

Photo: Melodie McDaniel

 

Nikka Costa has been making records since she was a kid, and started recording with her father, Don Costa. She has experimented with different types of music over the years, and her signature style lies in a cocktail of soul, funk, and rock. Peach talked to Nikka Costa about her love for music and how she loves to give people some relief from the world by making sure they have a great show!

 

 

What are some of your favorite songs from your most recent album, ‘Nikka & Strings: Underneath and in Between’– and why?

‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ is a favorite because it’s my dad’s arrangement (beautifully rearranged for a string quartet by Jeff Babko) and it’s like having a special moment with my dad each time I sing it. I also love ‘Lover You Should’ve Come Over’ by Jeff Buckley. I’ve always wanted to sing that song but could never find the right home for it even at shows… It’s so heavy and beautiful and dramatic. I lost two dear friends over the course of the string project and that song just felt right to cover for that time in my life.

 

You have a very distinctive sound that lies perfectly in between R&B, jazz, and retro. Who are your sources of inspiration?

I’m inspired by so many artists. There are the obvious one like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, Prince, the list goes on and on, but I am also heavily inspired by rock and current music too. I love everything from hip-hop to classical. I like to write about situations I’m in, or my friends are in and just flesh out my observations. It’s harder and harder to get time to just think and dream especially when we are chained to our phones, but I think it’s so important to create that space for ourselves to just have a thought that pops into our heads when we aren’t being distracted by outside information. So, I try for that for inspiration too.

 

Your version of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is one of the best out there. Tell us about how that came about?

Wow, thank you! We had been playing it at the string shows before Prince passed, and it was always a favorite of mine to sing and the audience always really loved it. It’s such a great song with such a simple and universal sentiment I think people appreciated revisiting it after all these years. When Prince passed, I wasn’t sure if we should continue to perform it. It was just so heavy and charged, but then I felt like we all needed to hear it somehow. Each night we played it, it was like a beautiful release for everyone and the room seems to hold its breath until the end.

 

You took some time off last year to raise your two children – how is it to be back and on the road again?

I’m super excited to be playing more now, and even though I slowed down to be around for my kids I never fully stopped making music and doing shows. I just kept it more local, closer to where I live. I love getting out of LA though and really looking forward to getting back to cities we’ve had such a blast to play in the past.

 

How would you describe your road to success?

Blood, sweat & tears with some great joy thrown in and lots of gratitude, humility, and fire to improve on myself as a performer and artist.

 

You are known for a passionate and energetic performance on stage – what can the audience expect at City Winery in Atlanta?

Well, I’ve been supporting my strings record for the past year so haven’t been playing my funk shows. I’m amped to get sweaty and loud and get people up out of their seats! I’ve got some amazing players in my band Josh Lopez on guitar who’s been with me for years, Jacob Luttrell who’s a beast and a great artist in his own right, Tim Lefebvre who I haven’t played with yet, but I’ve admired for a long time on bass and Rob Humphreys laying down his sick groove. Plus, there will be wine which is always a plus.

 

Are you working on any new projects right now?

I’m excited to be getting back in the studio and seeing what comes out. I always go in with a plan and then surrender to what comes. It’s always such a cool surprise usually not what I was expecting and then voila, a record! So getting into that space is going to be fun.

 

What is your process of writing new material?

It depends on what I’m going for. With this new record, I want to do lots of collaborating with other musicians and friends so tons of jamming and writing with the band. Stuff like that. Then take it from there. I always write lyrics last. That has been a pretty consistent part of my process. Other than that, anything goes.

 

Anything you’d like to add?

Just that if you’ve never been to one my shows it really is worth it to come out and see if it rocks your boat. Not a lot of people truly play live anymore without tracks and autotune etc. We put it all out there and work our asses off to make sure everyone has a great time. We all need a break from the weight of the world especially now, so I’m hoping to give some much-needed relief if only for an hour! Come get live with us!

Nikka Costa Performs on August 27, 8 pm at City Winery Atlanta. Check out

citywinery.com for more info and tickets.

 

 

By Jamie Kirk

 

With the end of Summer fast approaching (sigh), I thought it would be pretty cool to put together some end-of-summer to-dos. So, here goes!

 

  1. Go to breakfast, lunch or brunch on a patio, and people-watch. I don’t care how crowded the restaurant is, wait for outdoor seating.

 

  1. Take in a full day at the pool, obviously with sunscreen on. But go out about 10:00 a.m. with a good book, take a break for lunch and then head back out. Really soak up the sun and the beauty of a nice summer day.

 

  1. Drive up to Stone Mountain, go to Sweet Water, or any trail NOT in the city limits. Go on a hike or go mountain biking – the key to enjoying nature is breathing non-Midtown air.

 

  1. Go to a Festival. There are still a few more to take in, most notably the North Highland festival. A funnel cake is never a bad idea.

 

  1. Take a day off and work at a coffee shop and sit outside “IF” you have the type of job that allows for this. Or, if you are in school, study outside the library.

 

  1. If you have a pet, visit a dog park, but extend the visit much longer than normal. Let your baby go without a lease and run amuck with his/her friends in the park.  No constraints, just going commando so to speak.

 

  1. Take a free yoga class in the park. These are still offered in many areas. Get your downward facing dog “on” with other folks that want to experience the sun on their backs, as they stretch and find a little bit of inner peace.

 

  1. Water, Water, Water. Atlanta is pretty much landlocked, so go to Lake Lanier or a nice community pool and hang out IN the water. Not laying out, that was #2, this is actually relaxing in the water to relax your muscles and regulate your heartbeat for a few hours or so.

 

  1. Go for a walk that is at least 3 miles, if your health situation allows. Instead of taking Uber, or one of those dumb electric things, walk. Walk to Whole Foods, walk to Peachtree Battle, walk the Beltline.

 

  1. Do nothing. Nothing. Zero. No action items. No errands. No time commitments. Just be un-busy for a 24 hour period.  Maybe in unplug from social media and reduce the number of interactions you have with anyone ( outside of close friends and family ).

 

I don’t know how many of these you can accomplish, but I am going to try and hit each one.  It’s a good idea to really just check out, while you can, and the weather permits.  You will never regret taking time out for the most important person in the world – YOU!

 

 

By Darren Floro-Bryant

 

We’ve all experienced it; there’s that one person at the gym doing your biggest pet peeve!  What was it?  Dropping the weights and causing a gym-quake? Chatting loudly on Facetime and you can hear both sides of the conversation? Popping a pimple in the mirror? I understand!  Unfortunately, we’ve all had to deal with someone forgetting their gym manners at one point or another and maybe, by spreading the word, we can eliminate a few of the more common offenses. 

 

Every gym or fitness facility has their own set of rules and procedures that we are meant to follow, but even larger than that are the universal rules and procedures that are commonly known between all fitness facilities – or they should be!

 

Below I’ve listed some universal understandings that should be applied to all areas of the gym or fitness facility. This list outlines a few reminders to be practiced when we’re at the gym to ensure we all have the best experience possible.

 

  1. Put It Back!

Put your weights/equipment away when you’re done with it; why should others be left to clean up after you?  Don’t assume that the next person will be (or even can) lift the weights you’re using.  Putting what you’ve used away is not only the right thing to do, but by doing this, it encourages others to do the same.

 

  1. No Phone Zone!

Stay off your phone or limit your texting or phone conversations.  Nobody needs to know you and your mother are fighting right now and that it is disrupting your life. Guess what? You’re disrupting everyone else’s workout.  Even worse than the phone is FaceTime’ing; double the conversation!  If you have to be on the phone while at the gym, please remember to keep it down and respect the others around you.  Don’t sit on a piece of equipment that others could be using.  Better yet, step off the gym floor and wrap up your conversation without disrupting everyone else.

 

  1. No Sweat!

Wiping down benches or equipment when you’re finished with them helps prevent spreading illness and germs. Most fitness facilities provide either towels and cleaning supplies to help with this task. Not only is it polite to do when you are done but sets a good example for others to follow.

 

  1. Learn To Share!

If you are doing multiple sets or supersets throughout the gym, allow the equipment you are using to be utilized by others while you are resting or away from the equipment.  Allowing others to “work-in” with you creates a better experience for everyone at the gym, especially during peak, congested times.

  1. Was That An Earthquake?

Don’t drop your weights; it is disruptive and sometimes startling. Don’t get me wrong; from time to time there will be a situation where the weight you have lifted needs to be dropped because you have either fatigued or it is not safe to place it down, but these situations are not the norm.  Also, there is a clear difference between dropping the weights and throwing the weights. Regardless, this should be avoided as much as possible. Dropping weights can damage the equipment, the gym floor, or possibly another individual.

 

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear?

Use earphones to listen to music while on the gym floor instead of blasting your tunes through a speaker. Whether it’s Britney (bitch), Metallica, or your favorite needlepoint podcast, not everyone shares your taste in music or motivational musings.  What works for you may not work for others, so plug it in or turn it off.

 

  1. What’s That Smell?

We’re all hot and sweaty so out of respect for each other; please use deodorant.  The same rule applies to cologne.  Too much of anything is not always a good thing.

 

  1. Do You Have To Do That There?

Be mindful of your surroundings and those around you.  If there is an exercise that you need to perform that may interfere with the flow of the gym, try to find a low-traffic area.  If others are nearby, be courteous and let them know your plan.

 

 

Don’t be the one everyone is Facebooking about. Practice your gym manners and lead by example.