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No filming in gyms

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Graphic by Malena Andrade

Recording in gyms has been a controversial topic in the gym community for ages. From fitness influencers recording their progress to making skits in the gym, we must analyze whether or not it should be allowed. In my opinion, it completely depends on the situation. 

Ever since the popularization of short-form social media apps like TikTok, the amount of people recording in gyms has increased exponentially. This has influenced many to go to the gyms, but it may have also discouraged more from going to the gym. 

On the internet, you can easily find videos of influencers recording in the gym without considering the people in the background. A common trait of these so-called “influencers’’ is to shame random people when they walk in front of their recording camera. Other gym goers who are minding their business often unfairly get called out by these influencers and get posted on the internet for the whole world to see. Many grow discouraged and ultimately stop going to the gym because of this. Creating a safe and positive gym environment is important, especially for beginners whose self-consciousness would only get worse if someone were to record them without their consent. 

However, not all people who record in gyms are influencers. Some take videos to record their pumps, while others may record to correct and polish their technique. It is also an incredible way to motivate oneself by showing how much progress one has made. This can make the gym a more enjoyable place. However, being aware and considerate of other people around is more important than that. 

Maintaining safe boundaries in the gym is necessary. If you can, record in an area where no other people come in the camera shot. And if they do, inform them. Ask for their permission to record and see if they are ok with it. If they are, great! But if they say they feel uncomfortable or are even hesitating, do not record. Respecting the rules of gyms is important too, and if a gym has a no-video policy then you most definitely should not record.

At the end of the day, most people in the gym go to do their workout and focus on themselves. Getting recorded, even if it is not on purpose, can make them uncomfortable. This is why everyone should practice empathy with them and either not film them, ask them or do not film at all. 

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Ayush Anarkat, Staff Writer
Ayush Anarkat is a freshman and a Staff Writer for the Phoenix. He likes to play sports and cook.

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