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4/10/19 3:29 P

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Daughter spent $5000 on a Peleton a few months ago, as she was tired of
1) Putting up with rude people at the gym
2) Contracting mystery illnesses one right after another from the gym

She said it's the best investment she ever made. Anyone else have one?

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4/8/19 4:09 P

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Them, “Can I work through?”

Me with headphones on, “Hang on a second.” Finish set then take earbud out and ask, “Yes?”

Them, “Can I work through?”

Me, “Sure I’m done with it now.”


I’ve never been a member of a gym. I don’t really enjoy them. My work has a gym and I use it sometimes on my break but I’d rather work out at home. I love free weights and no commute. But that’s just my personal preference.

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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.

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4/8/19 3:46 P

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1. Definitely get clarification from the manager and/or front desk on your gym's policy regarding sharing machines. Get the name of the person who gives you that clarification, and don't be hesitant to say "Jane made it clear that..."

2. Remain polite and slightly confused when people get unreasonable about things like "I saved that machine with my water bottle!". For whatever reason, it either shuts them down or infuriates them so much they draw unwanted official attention to themselves.

3. Don't hesitate to ask to work in if someone been just sitting on a machine for a while, but don't assume they're texting if they've only been there less than a minute. I track my workouts on my phone, so I will frequently complete a set, then quickly enter the stats before moving on.

Edited by: ENGINEERMOM at: 4/8/2019 (15:47)
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3/31/19 1:08 P

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There are a few times where people might not want to share. Sometimes they are 2 machines, and are trying to do light, quick lifting, to get the HR up.. but you would see them going directly from one machineback to the other. If it's more than 2 machines, and they are more than 5 feet apart, then they are simply hogging equipment. You can't be exoected to wait for them to go across the gym, and do a set over there .. 3 times, while you wait.

The other is if you are far smaller, bigger than the other person. I am only'5'6", but my legs are even shorter... just 26". So to adjust on a leg press, would be a major thing. Also, I used to press 990 lbs, or free weights, because my range of motion was so short, and I had strong legs.. so 20 plates, 10 to a side. If some woman wanted to press 180 lbs.. she couldn't really expect me to unload 16 plates and load them back up again.

However, if you are of similar size and strength, and on a machine.. it's nothing to share.. and only need to control a situation is why they are worried you are on " their " machine ". They obviously have no major concern about timing, or they wouldn't be talking. They would be focused on recovering from the previous set. These people tend to always yap for 10 mins. between sets, and spend hours in the gym, so everyone knows they are amazing.. but rarely get decent results.

When I used to lift competitively, I would try to get out within 45 mins. The goal is to get the work in, and get out.. but if I was doing any work on a machine, I shared if anyone asked, even helped them set up, since how long they take, is MY time between sets, then go get a drink of water, and resume my few sets on that machine. It's actually a great way to meet people.

These few people are just rude, and I doubt a gym that isn't set up for weightlifters.. allows them to use more than 1 at a time. I now go to Planet Fitness, and they have a speed area, with 15 machines, that you do a circuit on,for people that actually want that, but everyone else just shares the rest of the machines. No one is there to do anything competitive, so it's simply cardio, and muscle toning, with most people there to lose weight.

In that kind of gym, the rule is, if no one is using it.. hop on.. if someone abandoned it.. they can wait their turn. If they have a problem with this, ask the people at the front desk to resolve it, and correct the behavior, of the person hogging the machine, while they talk. Most gyms have one of these people. Most people let them be rude, rather than make a scene, but saying something, and correcting them, will be very popular, with other patrons, who are being silent, but have to deal with this person as well.

I'd mention it to the desk, get their opinion.. and if they will be on your side, if confronted again.. and if this happens again, and they will back you up.. take it to the desk with this person. Make sure though. It is possible that your gym has been unwilling to intervene, and let their patrons " settle " it themselves, which is wrong. If that is the case, I would get a new gym.. but that is up to you. Hopefully, you get it resolved peacefully.

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3/20/19 2:07 P

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Gym etiquette - If someone is working on a machine and is resting between a set, it is considered acceptable to ask,"May I work in ?" They do a set. you do a set. switch off.

However, there are some very rude people who DO monopolize a piece of equipment. This has been going on since gyms first opened. Someone sits on a bench checking their cell phone when you could be doing your sets. A group of friends is monopolizing a machine because they're all working out together. the list goes on.

What would I have done ? If the woman who left her water bottle/towel was not at the machine, I would have started a set. If she came by and said her stuff was there and she was working on it, I would have pointed out that she wasn't and I would like to work in. She doesn't own the machine. You pay a gym membership just like her. If necessary, get a member of the gym staff to intervene.

Most gym rats are really good about letting someone work in and share a machine. I've found the people who don't are the casual gym goers. the ones who wont be there in 3-4 weeks. Seriously. if being on the cell phone is more important than your workout, it wont be long before they stop going to the gym.

I hate to say that, but it happens all the time. People coming to the gym in March will be gone by the end of April or sooner.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 3/20/2019 (14:08)
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3/20/19 10:50 A

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That IS rude.
But the rules are whatever your gym sets them up to be, and whatever they allow members to get away with.
What were you told when you explained the situation to the front desk employee?

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3/20/19 8:29 A

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I've never been a gym rat, but several months ago I joined a gym. I have run into a couple of incidences which make me wonder about the rules of etiquette in the gym.

I understand there is a concept of "working through" where if someone is doing multiple sets on a machine and is between sets, someone else can ask to "work through." I've seen people on a machine for a long period of time where they are just sitting there texting on their phone for 3-4 minutes between sets and meanwhile others are waiting to use the machine. I don't think that is cool, but I just wait until they're done because I'd rather not ask to "play through."

But a couple of times I have come upon a popular machine and seen someone's towel and water bottle sitting beside it and the person was doing something else. In one incident, the woman was deep in conversation with another member and not even standing beside the machine so I went ahead and started using it. While I was in the middle of a set, she walks up and interrupts me saying, "Can I work through?"

Well, how can she work through when I'm USING it at that moment? (I wasn't resting between sets.) So I answered, "You can use it when I'm finished." She then went off on me telling me that her stuff was beside the machine because she was "using" it and that I'm supposed to let her work through if she asks me. I replied again that she could use it when I'm FINISHED. She can't "work through" when I'm in the middle of a set!

(BTW, I don't take lengthy breaks between sets and tie up the machine while somebody else is waiting. Never.)

This turned into a confrontation where she pointed out that her personal items were there to save her place and I replied that if she wasn't actually using it, then I had the right to use it. Finally, I just got up and told her, "here, just take it." It wasn't worth arguing about it.

Then a couple of weeks later, at the VERY SAME MACHINE, I once again had a confrontation with a different woman who had left her water bottle by the machine while she was using a different one. When I started using it, she came over and said that she was alternating between machines and needed that one free for her routine. She didn't want me to use it while she was on another machine because she didn't want to have to "re-adjust" it.

I just smiled and said I'd be finished in a few minutes then it was all hers.

But I am sick of this. Who is right and who is wrong here? Is it considered proper gym etiquette to stake out a popular machine by putting your water bottle next to it and then defending it from being used by anyone else? Is it proper to walk up WHILE SOMEONE IS WORKING OUT and ask to "play through"? (As opposed to asking while they are just sitting there, not doing anything.) For that matter, is it proper etiquette to sit on the machine for several minutes texting on your phone while you rest between sets?

What are the rules???

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