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WaydownSouth
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Member since Nov 2018
3029 posts

Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
Trying to get in a workout before work, and 3/4 benches were being used. The lone one in question had a 10 on each side of the bar. There was an older lady that seemed to be using 3-4 different machines and doing some kind of circuit training. I waited 10 minutes while I stretched and it went untouched.

Never said anything to me but after I finished, I noticed she put the weight back on the bar. Does that make me a douche? I mean are we supposed to sit there and wait while you take up 4 different exercise equipment?


El Mattadorr
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Member since Mar 2019
876 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
No. frick that bitch.


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DeafJam73
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
15186 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
Circuit training at a commercial gym is pretty county. I hate when people do that. Especially when space is limited.


bayou85
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Member since Sep 2016
3419 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
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How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?


If they don't leave a towel, water bottle, phone something to let me know that its in use, i don't care. i just jump on.


gizmoflak
Georgetown Fan
Member since May 2007
10991 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
Never hesitate in grabbing a machine that isn't in use or reserved with a towel. If the machine gets claimed right away just say, "Sorry didn't see you. How many more sets do you have?"



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Rep520
Arizona Fan
Member since Mar 2018
7302 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
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If they don't leave a towel, water bottle, phone something to let me know that its in use, i don't care. i just jump on.


Yeah, I thought mark it or lose it was well known.


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airlinehwypanhandler
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Airline Highway
Member since Feb 2019
2130 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
I've always said if you want to circuit train in a commercial gym, get there at 5:00am or something when its not busy. frick the people who reserve 6 different pieces of equipment at the same time when there are other people who want to use equipment.


DeafJam73
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
15186 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
That’s what I do. 5 am. Sometimes I’ll superset my press auxiliary sets with a pull auxiliary set. Only one other person lifts heavy at 5 am


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The Dude's Rug
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Member since Nov 2004
13242 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
I just ask everyone in the immediate area and move to something else if someone is using it.


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Junky
Louisiana Tech Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2005
5537 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
I typically wait 10 minutes to see if anyone is around. I waste roughly 20 minutes each session hanging around my garage.


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boxcarbarney
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Member since Jul 2007
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re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
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There was an older lady that seemed to be using 3-4 different machines and doing some kind of circuit training.


After people not putting their weights back, this is my biggest pet peeve.

Every day there's a group of 5-7 Hispanic ladies who do a 3 hour long booty blast circuit training. The size of the group changes daily, but it seems to be growing.

They take up the two squat racks in the gym, plus the hack squat machine, plus the cable pull, and the Smith machine. And it takes them forever to finish.

I get so aggravated sometimes I just start squatting in one of the racks they were using. I hate to be a dick, but I don't have the time for you to run through every possible variation of the squat.


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AUCE05
Auburn Fan
Member since Dec 2009
30357 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
My rule is I stay on a machine until I am finished. If I get up and someone jumps on, I will offer to move the weights for them. I dont own the machine and like being a good neighbor.


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225Tyga
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2013
7502 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
I go to the gym to use it. You pay just like everyone else. Treat all weights and machines like they are personally yours, dont wait or tip toe around or change your workout because something is being occupied. Get that lift in.


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tiganation337
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2019
290 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
ya I norm leave a marker so people know its mine for the moment, what I also don't enjoy is when people are listening to their music along with singing it at full volume


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Adam4848
LSU Fan
LA
Member since Apr 2006
12921 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
Honestly with how busy our gym is I typically eye out what I want to use next and if it's been 1 minute and no one claims it I use it.

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Never said anything to me but after I finished, I noticed she put the weight back on the bar. Does that make me a douche? I mean are we supposed to sit there and wait while you take up 4 different exercise equipment?


F*ck people that try and circuit in a busy gym with popular equipment.


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TigerAlum93
Member since Sep 2010
2272 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
I ask everyone in the immediate area if they or anybody might be using it.


El Mattadorr
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Mar 2019
876 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
Always, always ask if someone needs a spot on the pec dec.


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Pintail
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2011
4821 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
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There was an older lady that seemed to be using 3-4 different machines and doing some kind of circuit training.


Not going to wait and don’t feel bad for it.


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TheOcean
Army Fan
#honeyfriedchicken
Member since Aug 2004
39652 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
Work out at a small gym and had someone get butthurt because I jumped on the squat rack when no one was on it (all weights racked too) and they were apparently not finished.

They proceeded to tell me how they felt. I lost my shite. If there's no weights and nothing marking that you're using it, I'm going to use it.


GetCocky11
South Carolina Fan
Arlen, TX
Member since Oct 2012
37731 posts

re: Gym Etiquette: How long do you wait to see if someone is using a machine?
My favorite are the people who take 10 minute breaks between sets just sitting on the bench browsing on their phone.

I mean, come on, hurry the frick up.


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