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Photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock) We’re still in the busy time of year for gyms. A good chunk of the people who started with new year’s goals are still there, and the regulars who may have stuck to the less-busy times at the beginning of the year are getting back to their normal routines. So how do you navigate a crowded gym without getting in anyone’s way—or being a dick to somebody who is innocently getting in your way? Here are some tips. Respect others’ personal space Due to the laws of physics and matter and whatnot, you have to put your body in a certain area of space. In a crowded gym, there just aren’t many available areas of space. So you need to pay attention to where you are, and to where others are, while you’re choosing where to work out. For example: If you’re doing dumbbell lateral raises, which require you to stick your arms out to the sides, make sure you aren’t going to smack somebody in the face in the process. And even if you’re pretty sure you won’t hit the person on the bench next to you, they still might not appreciate your hands flying in front of their face. So, respect others’ personal space. And respect their line of sight, too. It’s hard to keep track of where everybody’s eyeballs are pointing, but a few basic courtesies are: Don’t walk between a person and the mirror, if they’re looking in the mirror. […]