Was I wrong??? -Gym Ettiquette question

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    Mar 27, 2008 2:30 PM GMT
    I had something happen at the gym today that I'm not sure I handled the right way. I work out in the mornings, so as to avoid the after work rush. It's still a busy time, and sometimes you have to try to work in with other people depending on your routine.

    Well, we have a very long dumbbell rack with multiple instances of weights. For example, 45 45 45 - 50 50 50 - 55 55 55. Well, the next exercise in my routine was dumbbell curls. Two guys are standing right in front of the racks, and are doing very fast reps of curls where they start at one weight and then move up. The first time I saw them doing it, they were skipping weights by 5-10 pounds per set. Well, wouldn't you know it, I walked up and grabbed the last set of 35 lb weights just as he was about to grab them. I honestly didn't even realize it until I turned back around and both of the guys were throwing me attitude, dirty looks, head shakes, the works. My instincts took over and my response was, "I can't read your mind, and you don't own the rack. Get over it."icon_mad.gif

    Was I right? Or should I have been paying more attention to what they were doing and waited for them to finish? I guess I just got really irritated that he assumed he should be able to just hover over the weights and take whatever he needs whenever he needs them, regardless of what other people are doing.

    Please be honest on if you think it should have been handled differently, and at this point, should I apologize the next time I see them?
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    Mar 27, 2008 2:44 PM GMT
    While you are probably right, I would make an effort to apologize, if for no other reason than it would suck to have any animosity among gym-goers using the same equipment day in and day out. I would hate to be working out next to someone I pissed off two days before. I just wouldn't be comfortable any longer.

    Also, when I'm finishing one exercise, I'm planning where I'm going next. If I see something going on at the machine I headed for, I try to anticipate what they are doing, and where they may go next. If I think I'll be in the way, I'll ask "can I cut in?" or "mind if I use those?"

    Of course, I'm the type of person that hates confrontation and would do anything to avoid it. Even if that meant apologizing when I'm probably in the right, just to keep the air clear.

    YMMV
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    Mar 27, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    look_aliveAlso, when I'm finishing one exercise, I'm planning where I'm going next. If I see something going on at the machine I headed for, I try to anticipate what they are doing, and where they may go next. If I think I'll be in the way, I'll ask "can I cut in?" or "mind if I use those?"


    That's what I had been doing. They were going up, the first one went, then the second one. They took a break. They started again, only this time, apparently instead of going up in weight, they went down.

    As far as the apology, that's what I was thinking. Just to ensure there's no bad blood or anything.
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    Mar 27, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    They dont own the rack, you are right. But I would say once you realized that you had interrupted their progress, you should have offered the weights right back and apologized...just out of courtesy.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 27, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    If it's on the rack, it's fair game. If it's needed for the superset, they should have removed it from the rack to their little corner OUT OF THE WAY OF THE RACK.

    Additionally, you shouldn't have responded the way you did. Tact is a good thing to clearing misunderstandings.
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    Mar 27, 2008 4:05 PM GMT
    Hey man. I was a personal trainer for over eight years at several gyms in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. I would apologize first since you will probably be seeing these guys again at the same time working out in the gym.

    The first problem is they are blocking the dumbbell rack. This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. Grab what you need and get out of the way. Don't stand there in front of the mirror, doing your curls or whatever, blocking everyone else.

    You could have also waited the 45 seconds while he finished using the dumbbells he needed, unless his buddy was doing the exact same exercise with the exact same weights.

    Could you have used 40's for your exercise? Sure, and so could he.

    Next time you see him I would apologize and be the bigger man and keep these hints in mind for next time.
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    Mar 27, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    I agree with CoolArmy. If they were doing supersets, they should stop being lazy and take the necessary weights off the rack so that it's obvious.

    On the other hand, people run into each other all the time at the gym and courtesy and tact keep it from escalating.

    It's over now. I wouldn't bother going back and apologizing like lookalive suggests. What's done is done. You both sort of made mistakes.

    Next.
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    Mar 27, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidIf it's on the rack, it's fair game. If it's needed for the superset, they should have removed it from the rack to their little corner OUT OF THE WAY OF THE RACK.

    Additionally, you shouldn't have responded the way you did. Tact is a good thing to clearing misunderstandings.


    I agree I shouldn't have said anything. But since I did, should I apologize?
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    Mar 27, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    I hate "rack hovering". Just because something is in your personnal space doesn't mean it's yours. If you're not currently using a weight, it's everyones to take.

    But, this is one of the reasons why I had to get away from the college gym and go to a private gym. Students practice "rack hovering" like whoa.
  • jock_1

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    Mar 27, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    well, you were wrong in that you should have just waited for them to finish. nothing is more important to muscle heads like that than them thinking they are more important than anyone else in the gym. just an apology would be enough for me but then again if the gym was busy you have every right to use the weights.
  • TallSoCal

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    Mar 27, 2008 7:04 PM GMT
    LMAO! Your response made me literally "lol". In my opinion, no one has the right to occupy any thing that isn't theirs. I'm sure there were more or different weights that the guys could have used. You were there first. It would be like giving up a parking spot when you get their first. That's just how I see it. Your response was a little mean, but I'm sure they weren't expecting it. lol. I wish I could have seen the look on their faces. icon_razz.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 27, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidIf it's on the rack, it's fair game. If it's needed for the superset, they should have removed it from the rack to their little corner OUT OF THE WAY OF THE RACK.

    Additionally, you shouldn't have responded the way you did. Tact is a good thing to clearing misunderstandings.


    God no. Please don't remove your weights and take them off somewhere else. It drives the rest of us crazy.
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    Mar 27, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    screw those guys, that sounds like a stupid exercise anyway. they should have been quicker.

    anybody worth having good blood with would understand that they don't own the rack. thats an annoying thing for them to do anyway.
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    Mar 27, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    Guess I'm in the minority because I don't think your response was that bad given the fact they were giving you the evil eye and shaking their heads disapprovingly. They could have just been like, "Actually, we're using those" or "Do you mind if we use those for one more set?" It's kind of obnoxious that they acted like they owned the place - if they had a problem with you using the weights, they could have said something without acting nasty about it.
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    Mar 27, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    I've encountered people like that...I would have asked "can i work in with you?", as a a courtesy even if you weren't sure. It goes a long way to being a good gym citizen to ask or offer if you think someone might be using the equipment.

    And if they still give you dirty looks after asking, screw 'em...they obviously don't have any sense of gym etiquette.
  • dionysus

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    Mar 27, 2008 7:43 PM GMT
    heaven forbid they work the sets with you in-between?
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    Mar 27, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    I know I overreacted. Honestly, it was probably pent up from a situation that had happened with someone else awhile back, but I had made up mind then that I wasn't going to let someone else dictate my workout. I'd already been a doormat once, and I didn't want it to happen again.

    And like I said, when I was watching them go through the routine just prior to this, they were going up in weights. This time they went down. I was trying to be conscious of what was going on, but it didn't work out.
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    Mar 27, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    I had to laugh, too, when I read it. I've been there before. I had passive aggressive people who give dirty looks but don't say anything. They should have said something to you and you overreacted. However, I think what you said would have been fine if you hadn't added the "get over it" part. It's very easy to go from doormat to overreacting until you can find the middle ground of being polite but assertive.
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    Mar 27, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    PhxAriz08 said
    Last night I was using one exercise machine for my back and I have my workout paper on the chair that people understand someone is using it. I went to get a drink and went right back. Then I saw one guy took my exercise without asking if someone is using it. He saw my workout paper and put it on the floor! I went up to him told him I have my paper workout on the chair and I was using that machine. He was like oh i am sorry I didn't know you were using it. I was like then why I have my workout paper on the chair dumbass! but I told him go ahead use it.

    No don't need to apologize to them. Just try to be nicer next time...


    I'm not sure I agree with this. If you walk away from the equipment you are using to get a drink, you can't honestly expect someone to believe or know you still have another set or two to do of that exercise and will be right back, regardless whether or not your "workout paper" is on it.

    I don't believe that is practicing gym etiquette.
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    Mar 27, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    I totally would have said the same things! or at least gave some kind of attitude.

    for them to throw looks and attitude is cowardly, at least you had the nerve to respond. If they had a problem though should have said something.
  • imperator

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    Mar 27, 2008 8:49 PM GMT
    Bah, never entertain doubts by asking "was I wrong?"
    Instead, ask "where can I hide the bodies?" icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 02, 2008 5:33 AM GMT
    First of all, they were doing an exercise called "running the rack". It is an old time exercise that I do on occassion. I start with the largest dumbbells I can curl, do as many reps as possible, then move to the next set of lighter ones, all the way down to the 10lbs. dumbells.

    BUT, I would never be upset if someone grabbed the next weights I planned on using. Nobody owns the weights. Especially in an exercise like that that uses pretty much all the dumbells. If someone took the weights I planned on using, I would just move to the next weight and curl till I could do no more, then move on.

    As far as gym etiquette, people should not use more than one piece of equipment at a time. If you need to superset two machines, go to the gym when no one else is there. Your workout is not more important than my workout. "Owning" a machine is my biggest pet peeve. Use it, move on.