How do you deal with those passive-aggressive ipod people in the gym who won't let you work in, no matter how nice your approach?

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    Oct 12, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    You know the type - the ones that pretend they don't know why you're interrupting them during their lengthy rests between sets so they can make a big show of acting extra annoyed for having to peel off an earpiece. Who after not letting you work in will then make a point of continuing to sit and stare for another couple of minutes before resuming their workout.

    They were out in force tonight and instead of working around them per usual I felt like kicking a few to the curb.
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    Oct 12, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    Just go ahead and jump in between their sets. Something like..

    "Hey bro, I only have a couple of sets. I'm gonna go ahead and work in. I'll take care of adding/removing the plates when it's my turn."

    Or you can be a total dick and shout words of encouragement during their sets. And hover over them and pretend like you're spotting them. icon_lol.gif
  • silverfox

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    Oct 12, 2011 12:32 PM GMT
    Ok this is what I usually do.

    I look within and say:

    1. Does this guy look like he is into what he is doing and can I alter what I am doing to accommodate? I mean, if I am going in a particular order maybe I can change things around on my part without interrupting him.

    2. Do I really need to use this piece of equipment to complete whatever I am doing? Is there a substitute? Sometimes shaking it up is not a bad thing.



    I usually don't have to go past above but If all that fails you might try saying "How much longer are you going to be?" instead of "Can I work in?" This puts him in the position of answering you with something definitive.....either a time or a yes or no.


    Hope it helps.
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    Oct 12, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    I try not to get out of line unless it's -really- needed. Most of the time finding another excercise to substitute, or switching the order in which you do things is a better idea, like the previous poster mentioned. BUT... If it's a crowded gym and someone is painfully hogging equipment when it's obvious several others are eyeing them... I usually will mime using their machine and then motion to an invisible watch. They don't even have to take their headphones off to understand.
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    Oct 12, 2011 1:11 PM GMT
    Get uncomfortably close to the offending party:
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    or

    Awkwardly stare at them:
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    or scream at them:
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    Hope that helps.
  • Neferti

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    Oct 12, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMy recommendation?

    A backhanded whore-slap across the mouth.

    Works every time.....!


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    Open hand abuse, back hand correction.
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    Oct 12, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    At my gym, there is this one personal trainer who insists on monopolizing pieces of equipment for his clients during peak times. We have 2 Smith Machines, and last night he had some chick doing pushups and other excercises on the bar of the machine for over 30 minutes while all of us have to then wait forever on one machine. He does this all the time and it drives the ever living shit out of me.
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    Oct 12, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    dohmann saidAt my gym, there is this one personal trainer who insists on monopolizing pieces of equipment for his clients during peak times. We have 2 Smith Machines, and last night he had some chick doing pushups and other exercises on the bar of the machine for over 30 minutes while all of us have to then wait forever on one machine. He does this all the time and it drives the ever living shit out of me.


    While I feel your pain and think the trainer should show some common courtesy and sense, this is why I don't let them schedule me during peak times.

    This is like the guy at 5am this morning who put towels on three machines so he could slowly do a circuit of three sets on 2-kinds of squats then leg extensions.

    Or the guys monopolizing an adjustable cable machine so they can do their...entire...upper...body...one...limb...and...exercise....at...a...time.

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    Oct 12, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    Yes, very annoying, but also the High School Harrys (and guys in their 20s) who sit on a machine playing with their music box. What are you doing, looking for exactly the right song for this exercise?
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    Oct 12, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    I just jump in. If they argue I argue back. It doesnt happen often. But it does happen. usually its some fucktard super setting.
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    Oct 12, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    there are some guys who spend more time fiddling with their iphones and what song to play than concentrating on working out. They should ban them from gyms if people can use them properly
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    Oct 12, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidthere are some guys who spend more time fiddling with their iphones and what song to play than concentrating on working out. They should ban them from gyms if people can use them properly


    At my gym its usually goons who talk to each other.
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    Oct 12, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    Neferti said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMy recommendation?

    A backhanded whore-slap across the mouth.

    Works every time.....!


    slap2.gif


    Open hand abuse, back hand correction.


    Young Grasshopper, I show you now advanced step:

    1. Backhand of The Pimp - Use the Pimp's Hand to inflict a glancing blow, in memory of Great General Cao-Cao who defeated the Whore Army of Yuan Shao.

    2. Reverse Stroke of The Correct Ho - The Pimp's Hand becomes the Kwan Yin's Graceful Guide To Correct A Ho by reversing back with a loving merciful hand to remove foolish ideas from a Ho.

    3. Entry Of The Skull - Kwan Yin's Guide transform into Clasping Hand of Saving Face, which grabs onto the face of the penitent Ho, to bring his face down. When performed correctly, the penitent Ho will get a thorough face fuck from the Princely Spear of Justice Which Drops the Nectar of Heaven into the Ho's mouth.

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    Oct 12, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    Even worse are the 3 douches from the local high school or college who all hog the same piece of equipment for an hour, talking and posing instead of actually working out. Grrr....
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    Oct 12, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    BAMF saidGet uncomfortably close to the offending party:
    samp_PersonalSpaceInvader.gif

    or

    Awkwardly stare at them:
    albatross-l-stare.jpg

    or scream at them:
    the-scream-edvard-munch2.jpg

    Hope that helps.


    HAHAHAHA!!!! icon_lol.gif!
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    Jan 05, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    dohmann saidAt my gym, there is this one personal trainer who insists on monopolizing pieces of equipment for his clients during peak times. We have 2 Smith Machines, and last night he had some chick doing pushups and other excercises on the bar of the machine for over 30 minutes while all of us have to then wait forever on one machine. He does this all the time and it drives the ever living shit out of me.



    Oh man, thats annoying, especially as that girl coulda been doing pressups on something else, really didnt need to be hogging the smith machine.
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    Jan 05, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    that's what i hate about civilian gyms. i usually work out at the military gyms but even they get a little crazy. The thing about outside gyms is that they're usually filled with self-absorbed douchebags, kids, and women... lots of them. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 05, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    I try to go at non-peak times. It's a small gym and there's some equipment that they only have one of. Yesterday I had already written in my pad what my next exercise would be and what size dumbell I would use but they were in someone else's hands. So I scribbled that out and used the next heavier at less reps. I'm always mixing up my routine (it's not really a routine when I mix it up that much), so it's not a crisis for me. But then I don't take myself as seriously as some people. There is one husband and wife team who if they show up while I'm in the middle of my workout, I'll leave. Sometimes I try to burn out the remainder of my intended time on the elliptical, but even seeing them annoys me. The guy has terrible form, no range of motion, incredibly long rest between sets. He tries to do supinated curls while seated at the only bench with a barbell rack, and his wife has stand there holding this huge dumbell in front of her with both hands until he get in position. Really? if he cant hold the dumbbell he wants to curl while he gets seated, maybe it's too heavy for him.
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    Jan 05, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI just jump in. If they argue I argue back. It doesnt happen often. But it does happen. usually its some fucktard super setting.

    That's what I do as well.
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    Jan 06, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
    Oh no I am guilty... I am one of those people who mostly do not let anyone work in through my sets... My thought process is if I waited then the person next can wait as well... I am no more important than the next and we all have to get somewhere after the gym... I rarely work in or disturb anyone for that matter... My resting period isnt lengthy at all as I wait about 30 secs to 60 secs between sets... My biggest peeve are those who actually gab or on their phones for a long period of time at the gym... If let everyone work in through my sets, might as well set up a bed, i will never finish...
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    Jan 06, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    I generally try to have 2 alternative ways to do the same workout. I figure if I am absolutely dependent on one machine for a specific workout, I need more variety and change.

    But I feel your pain. You've hit my #1 gym pet peeve right on the head. I hate those people.
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    Jan 06, 2012 12:15 AM GMT
    I work at my gym too so I just log onto the system and cancel their membershipsicon_wink.gif
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    Jan 06, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    Unfortunately we live in a society that rewards narcissistic behavior. icon_eek.gif I try to go during off peak hours. I'd rather go on a run in 5 o'clock traffic than deal with the gym crowd in all honesty.
  • musicdude

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    Jan 06, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    Neferti said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMy recommendation?

    A backhanded whore-slap across the mouth.

    Works every time.....!


    slap2.gif


    Open hand abuse, back hand correction.


    Young Grasshopper, I show you now advanced step:

    1. Backhand of The Pimp - Use the Pimp's Hand to inflict a glancing blow, in memory of Great General Cao-Cao who defeated the Whore Army of Yuan Shao.

    2. Reverse Stroke of The Correct Ho - The Pimp's Hand becomes the Kwan Yin's Graceful Guide To Correct A Ho by reversing back with a loving merciful hand to remove foolish ideas from a Ho.

    3. Entry Of The Skull - Kwan Yin's Guide transform into Clasping Hand of Saving Face, which grabs onto the face of the penitent Ho, to bring his face down. When performed correctly, the penitent Ho will get a thorough face fuck from the Princely Spear of Justice Which Drops the Nectar of Heaven into the Ho's mouth.




    you should write a graphic manuel on this subject
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    Jan 06, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    Most gyms have some policy about allowing others to work in. If these guys don't get it, teach them. Or just jump in between their sets.