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03-16-2008, 11:55 PM
Okay so...I almost had a conniption at the gym today:

I go to the gym on campus because it's cheap and really convenient because I can do my workouts in between classes and there's no traveling required. Before I came to university I went to an all-women's gym with my mum but it never occurred to me that it'd be such a drastic change to have to workout with guys. I've been doing it for two years but I never noticed the problems so much until I started changing my routine. Today was the final straw and I just have to get this off my chest...

So, I circuit train and the idea is that I do like a set of lat pull downs, a set of leg press, jump rope for a minute. I do that circuit three times. So I do my first circuit and just as I'm about to start my second this guy gets on the leg press machine before me. Fine. Cool. I still had to do my lats. Well...apparently this guy doesn't think he should have to wait for a machine because it was the only leg press working at the moment and HE THINKS it's appropriate to leave his water bottle/id card on the machine to "save it". He then proceeds to walk away to do three different exercises before returning to the leg press. He was away from the machine for 10 MINUTES. I was so furious I was just about to throw his stuff off the machine and do my set when he returned and decided to sit on the machine for a nice, long drink of water. Anyway, I did squats in place of the leg press but I swear to god, I almost lost it. Had I "saved" the machine after my first set he would've been out of luck...or he would've probably just tossed my stuff on the floor. It's just so frustrating. Way to have no sense of common decency. You're not the only person in the gym!

Another reason I hate working out with guys...some do like 10 different sets of the same machine and rest on the machine in between. Like...fine if you want to do 10 sets - go for it - but move away from the machine in between so someone else can use it while you rest. I'm seriously considering complaining but I did that once about an issue with the treadmills and the people running the place are just students and don't seem to really care. It's so frustrating.

Anyway, I just HAD to get that out. I miss my old gym more than ever these days :(.

03-17-2008, 02:16 AM
Guys are weird about weight machines. I was on a machine once and this guy gets up from another machine, storms up to me and says, "I am using that". I told him I wouldn't be long and he proceeded to stand over me while I worked.

He didn't know that I worked there and was probably very surprised when he got a letter from management reminding him of the fitness center rules.

Interestingly enough, this was also on a college campus, so maybe it's college guys?

Either way, just do your thing and don't let them (or anyone else) interfere with your workout. You have just as much of a right to be there as anyone else!

03-17-2008, 12:43 PM
Why didn't you just ask if you could work in with him? You could have just taken turns on the machine?

But squats are better exercise anyway, so I think you're probably better off.

03-17-2008, 01:03 PM
Because he left the machine unattended for ten minutes. Lol. I have asked (not that anyone should have to "ask") to use the machine while someone else was resting between sets and some people are jerks about it like it's the end of the world and others are cool... I do a lot of squats as well so the leg press is something different which is why I like it. I was more frustrated with the throwing your stuff on the machine and disappearing when it was the only one of it's kind working. It's just so inconsiderate.

03-17-2008, 04:15 PM
My gym makes you reserve the cardio machine for this reason, methinks.
Men are innately different. Just hold your ground - if heès not using it when you get there, you can use it.

If he says "I was using that", simply answer "No you weren't, you were over there" and continue. Let him watch you - be a man ;) You can always make a complaint - after your workout ;) (priorities!)

03-17-2008, 04:21 PM
That is just plain rudeness. When I used to go to a gym regularly, if it was busy, others would ask to 'work in' between sets. It is perfectly acceptable. I would've moved his stuff and did my workout :)

03-17-2008, 04:22 PM
:lol: Me too Nelie, I would have just moved his things! ;)

03-17-2008, 04:23 PM
i would have moved his stuff too!

03-17-2008, 05:10 PM
Because he left the machine unattended for ten minutes. Lol. I have asked (not that anyone should have to "ask") to use the machine while someone else was resting between sets and some people are jerks about it like it's the end of the world and others are cool... I do a lot of squats as well so the leg press is something different which is why I like it. I was more frustrated with the throwing your stuff on the machine and disappearing when it was the only one of it's kind working. It's just so inconsiderate.

Yeah, I agree. He was pretty inconsiderate. I'd find the big man or woman who actually runs the place and bypass the students altogether and make a complaint.

03-17-2008, 05:10 PM
Hahaha. I definitely will be next time. Thanks guys! This was just the final straw for me...I'm so over men right now. Ugh.

And good idea Diva on bypassing the students. I was trying to figure out who I would complain to. I know my friend's campus gym has signs on the machines specifically prohibiting this kind of behaviour. At least I could then rub that in someone's face if they tried to pull crap like that again...

03-17-2008, 07:30 PM
I would have gently moved his stuff and used the machine, I've done it... and no one wants to deal with MY look if he would have DARED asked why I moved his stuff...

I find young men in the gym between the ages of 16 to 30 are extremely immature, yes it is a big age gap :lol: ... But men, or most men, will be babies for a very long time... I think Moms/Wives/Girlfriends spoil them too much...

Male bashing, I know :shrug: ....

03-18-2008, 10:54 PM
Ugh! I know your frustration!

I don't understand why people think it is okay to "save" a machine - even for just a minute or two, let alone ten!

My favorite thing is when women stand around chatting on the gravitron when they're not even doing any work. It's like HELLO, some of us have a schedule and we are here to work out, not for a social event.

Sorry, I guess I had some venting to do as well..thanks for the outlet :)


03-19-2008, 12:49 AM
Hahaha. Anytime Liz! Thankfully, (although maybe not because like I needed another reason to be anti-men these days), I haven't noticed as much as a problem with the girls. Most of them aren't into the weights and the ones that are take it pretty seriously for the most part. Most of the girls I know just go up to the ellipticals and do their half hour at the lowest intensity possible while reading a magazine... whatever works I guess! At least they aren't in my way!

03-19-2008, 02:23 AM
I agree with most of the above. Just quietly and politely move his stuff and when he says, "I was using that!" say what my kids would say, "No. you wern't. If you were using it I would be on top of you now, right?"

nuff said.

03-19-2008, 10:21 AM
I would have gently moved his stuff and used the machine, I've done it... and no one wants to deal with MY look if he would have DARED asked why I moved his stuff...

I find young men in the gym between the ages of 16 to 30 are extremely immature, yes it is a big age gap :lol: ... But men, or most men, will be babies for a very long time... I think Moms/Wives/Girlfriends spoil them too much...

Male bashing, I know :shrug: ....

Well yanno, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's a duck! LOL!

03-19-2008, 01:48 PM
What I hate the most with guys working out (especially college guys who think they are absolutely perfect) is when they sit on a free weight bench and basically never get off it. They'll use it forever and ever! Even worse is the guys who stand really close to the mirror and check themselves out as they workout (whether or not they are actually lifting)... ranting as well :)

03-20-2008, 02:04 PM
The website of your university should list the fitness director or some such title. I would find that person's name and e-mail him or her if you have complaints.

I hear ya. My gym has an area near cardio specifically dedicated to circuit training and it's away from the other weights. It's intended for those of us who are trying to get in a weight training workout in a short perioed of time. It's called Circuit Express. The machines are numbered in the order one is supposed to use them. Now, if someone wants to do a more intense workout and/or just on one machine, I have no issue with that as long as he (& for some reason, it always seems to be a guy who makes it an issue) respects the purpose of the circuit express and doesn't prevent those of us who are using it for a Circuit Express from using it as intended. Hey, even if they plop right down on the machine I was going to use next, I'll just skip to the next one to keep the circuit flowing. But when they monopolize it for half an hour (and 50% of the time is spent resting between weights while checking a Blackberry/newspaper), that's when I get annoyed. I tried asking one if I could work in after I had done the rest of the circuit and Mr. Blackberry said "one more set". I gave up, but if it happens again, I'm getting someone from staff.

Another time, I came in and 2 trainers & a client were by the beginning of the circuit. I went to the middle, so as not to disrupt them. When I went to finish up the ones I hadn't done, another client was on machine no. 2 & the trainer was lounging on machine no. 1. She had the nerve to give me a dirty look when I asked if I could use it!

This am, someone either left their towel on machine no 1 or was gone for over an hour. I went to machine no. 2 (thinking the person was going to be right back). When I finished the 2nd machine & they hadn't come back, I took the towel and put it on a nearby table. It was still there after the circuit and 40 mins. of cardio.

03-22-2008, 11:12 PM
Oh boy do I hear yah on this topic. I USE to go to a co'ed gym. I didn't like how it to became a meeting place to pick up girls. Men trying to impress other men and lifting more than they can handle. That is why I just switched to a church ran gym and its a whole lot less than the other one I was going to. Try to hang in there or is there any other gyms around you?

03-23-2008, 02:24 AM
There are but having one on campus is so convenient for me. I just go right after my classes...no excuses. For the most part I DO enjoy having it...it's just things like this that drive me insane.

Just so I don't appear to be completely anti-men, I have to tell everyone:

Today a girl left her newspaper and ID card on a bench for about 20 minutes while she moved between machines. Granted I didn't say anything because the gym was pretty empty since it's the Easter weekend and I had a bench of my own BUT I have seen her before and she does do this a lot... So it's not only men, some people are just jerks. :D

Have a good Easter everyone!

03-23-2008, 08:35 PM
I used to think that people were just jerks when things like this happened at my gym...but it was really me. I was expecting the guys on the weights side of the gym to read my mind and just know when I wanted to use a piece of equipment, instead of speaking up. Once I decided to speak up and actually address the guys, I discovered that they're not so bad at all. I've found that I ask if I can work in with them, or if they're using a machine, they'll usually let me work in or they say they're done using it. If they've got one last set and want me to wait, I'll go do something else for a few minutes and come back. I also go to a University co-ed gym :)

03-24-2008, 01:22 PM
People shouldn't be leaving their stuff on the equipment period. Then it's up to the person who wants to use it to either figure out who it belongs to and ask or the person has to wait, say 5 minutes or so to make sure someone isn't just getting a drink at the water fountain, and then move the stuff and risk the wrath of the person who put the stuff there. Either takes time from a workout. And a lot of people are pressed for time. It's hard enough to fit a workout into one's schedule without having to deal with rude inconsideration such as people leaving their stuff on the equipment. The only time I have for working out at the gym is in the am before work. And the transit schedule limits how early I can get there. I should not have to waste my valuable workout time figuring out who left their towel on the equipment.

In contrast, if people haven't left their stuff on the equipment, someone can get in & do the exercises they want to do easily. They don't have to wait or hunt anyone down.

And aside from resting between sets, no one should be on the equipment if they're not using it. Again, to determine that someone's not just resting between sets, it requires time and observation. Personally, I don't want to rush/bother someone who's just resting between sets (as opposed to lounging on the equipment). So, again, this takes time to ascertain. Unless it's one's own personal gym, there should be respect and consideration for other gym users.

03-25-2008, 01:22 AM
Yay! I want to share a complaint! Since it's still cold here (**sigh**), I run at the track inside the recreation center. Not my favorite thing to do, but better than the treadmill. On Saturday, a lot of families with kids and older people were walking on the track. Theoretically, the rule is that runners should be on the outside track and walkers are on the inner two. But it just doesn't work out that way. Kids and groups of walkers will often block the track and make it challenging to get around them. It's slightly annoying, but most hear me coming and group together so I can get by. A woman was walking with her daughter and mother (I think), and they were taking up all three lanes of the track. I moved to the inside to try and get around them by squeezing up to the barrier by the basketball courts, where it looked like there was a little more room. When I did, I saw the mother saying something to me. I removed my earbuds, and she repeated, "Runners are supposed to be on the outside track!"

Not a big deal, but I was annoyed. They take up all of the lanes and then complain at me because I was trying to find a way around them on the inside rather than the outside? Wow.

03-25-2008, 10:47 AM
Not a gym rant per se but an everyday rant that the above post brings to me. When people are walking on a sidewalk or mall or something in a group you often HAVE to go single file.

I was in Las Vegas once and there were two women walking side by side on the sidewalk taking up the entire sidewalk. It was a street where cars were coming right next to the sidewalk. They saw me coming and easily could have moved one in front of the other. They continued to take up the entire sidewalk. I got over as far as safe and turne somewhat sideways but I was not going to simply stop as they were doing nothing and I knocked into one.

And they gave ME a dirty stare. And I glared back. I will not tolerate simple unthinking selfishness in a social situation. If they had done ANYTHING remotely civil I suppose I could have stopped completly but they still would have hit me frankly cause to them the entire sidewalk belonged to them. The only way to have people not hit them was to I suppose throw yourself in front of a car.

People sadly think the world centers around them everywhere. You do not even want to get me started about tail-gating or people who do not signal in their cars. Are you kidding me....literally not being able to lift a finger to be civil and safe to those around you? We all need to be better drivers, much more selfish not signaling or tailgating than anything anyone can do in a gym.

03-26-2008, 07:36 PM
Wow...yea, buying into a gym membership means that you are using the "GYMS" equipment. Sounds like these people are trying to place ownership on something that isn't theres. Too funny tho...stands over you and watched you until you are done! I haven't run into any major problems at the gym with this. Maybe it's because I go later in the evening when most people are home. LOL!

03-26-2008, 07:48 PM
I would have threatened his a$$ with harassment and marched my Diva behind to the manager!

04-01-2008, 03:50 PM
Yea...def bring it up to management's attention! You pay for membership...you have to be happy with it!

04-01-2008, 10:58 PM
Luckily, I haven't had that problem. Probably because I go to the gym at the end of the week, when it seems like people are just dropping off like flies. Have you ever been in there on a Friday or Saturday night? My gym is DEAD!! There are like 10 people in there, TOPS, and they have a pretty big fitness room. My gripe is when people don't wipe off the equipment. They've got signs posted all over the place and there are some that still don't follow the rules. I don't want to be working out in any one else's funk but my own. Wipe off the :censored: machine!!! Is it really that hard?!

04-02-2008, 03:21 AM
Gaah! I also share the gripe with people not wiping..

Also, to add to the rant.. I really get annoyed at people who have no respect for my time with a machine when I have it reserved. After asking this one girl to wrap it up in a few since I have the treadmill reserved, she actually had the audacity to let me know that her workout was not finished and to come back in 15. Whhaat? ....Since I was in shock, I ended up speechless (and spineless) so I waited for her to finish up and ran for only 15 minutes until the next person kicked me off for their reserved session. >_<!!

04-02-2008, 09:08 AM
I think we used to be able to reserve treadmills at my gym and that's part of why they changed that. We don't get assigned specific treadmills though, so I'm not really sure who I would kick off...Haha.

I've never done weights at night because I really don't like to. I know I need to get my workouts in right after my classes for the most part so I don't have time to think about it and not go. I know I'm setting myself up here, but I don't think I should have to inconvenience myself and change my schedule to workout.

Plus, it's not that few people at my gym late at night. The weight area is quite busy, but cardio equipment is dead.

04-08-2008, 12:33 PM
Wow...you have to reserve your machines...that would be annoying! Sounds like you go to a fairly smaller gym with fewer machines? How about next time she's still on the machine when its your time..you just kick the plug and kill the power. :-p