am i supposed to share machines between the sets?

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    Mar 26, 2012 1:02 PM GMT
    Please excuse my ignorance, but am I supposed to allow someone else waiting for a machine to use it while I rest in between the sets?

    I was using a machine the other day and I just sat there for my 30 second break before doing the next set. There was a gentleman standing right in front of me. I couldnt figure out if he was waiting for the machine or if he was just watching the TV. (The TV is right there too, and a lot of people stand in that spot to catch news). Anyway, the guy stepped close to me and asked if he could use the machine while I am waiting for my second set. I could not hear him well in the loud gym noise and I assumed he was asking how much longer I will use the machine. I told him "just one more set". He said "never mind" and went on to explain that as a "gym courtesy" I should allow other people to use the machine while I am resting.

    Please advise what is the best thing to do here. If I am indeed sharing the machine, wont that mean I will have to wipe it clean after me, and clean it again after the other person has used it. That's a lot of work! icon_smile.gif

    Thanks.

  • DCEric

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    Mar 26, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    For just one more set, he probably should have been tolerant of you finishing up before he got to the machine, but yes when its busy at the gym it's a courtesy to share the equipment by letting someone work in with you.
  • Latenight30

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    Mar 26, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    I agree it's old courtesy to allow working in. I don't see it that much anymore.
    What gets difficult is someone like me who is 5'7 and 145lbs and someone 6'2 and 200lbs works in. Everything gets thrown off.
  • NYCAthlete

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    Mar 26, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    Depends on the machine. If the weights are easily adjusted or he's using the same weight, then yes, letting someone work in is a general courtesy, especially if it's busy. However, for one more set he should have waited. It sounds like you didn't hear him, so you two were just miscommunicating.
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    Normally, yes. If you ask the person if they want to work out... and most of the time they will ask you how many sets you have left. You could also be a little more assertive and just tell him how many sets you have left, implying you want some time.

    I used to get irritated at this, there are tons of exercises for every muscle group... If someone is using the chest press (ok so I don't use machines but w/e).. I can just go use the bench press. Its not that hard to do that. God forbid they discover some new muscles to work icon_razz.gif

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    Mar 26, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    NYCAthlete saidDepends on the machine. If the weights are easily adjusted or he's using the same weight, then yes, letting someone work in is a general courtesy, especially if it's busy. However, for one more set he should have waited. It sounds like you didn't hear him, so you two were just miscommunicating.


    ^^This. Not a huge deal in the grand scheme and his (apparent) huffiness was a bit uncalled for if you were just about to crank up your last set. But yes, I just about always yield when asked. Hell at my age, I can use all the rest I can get anyway. icon_wink.gif
  • inuman

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    Mar 26, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    HELL NO, why would you let someone else you don't know get his or hers body all over where you are going to sit, I've known many a people who have gotten skin rashes from letting people work in, I say sorry you'll have to wait until I'm done, its not about being nice its about staying safe, that simple.
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    seriously?
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    inuman saidHELL NO, why would you let someone else you don't know get his or hers body all over where you are going to sit, I've known many a people who have gotten skin rashes from letting people work in, I say sorry you'll have to wait until I'm done, its not about being nice its about staying safe, that simple.


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    That's what a towel is for. If you're worried about things like this, why are you even going to a public gym?

    If someone is hovering near you, offer up the machine for that person. Working between sets won't be the end of the world. If you wanted to stick to a strict 30 second rest, just say something like, "I'd be more than happy to, but I just need one more set and my rest is almost over. I'll wipe it down for you."
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    inuman saidHELL NO, why would you let someone else you don't know get his or hers body all over where you are going to sit, I've known many a people who have gotten skin rashes from letting people work in, I say sorry you'll have to wait until I'm done, its not about being nice its about staying safe, that simple.

    Have been going to gyms for 3 decades and have never heard of someone getting a skin rash. It is wrong to hog equipment.

    I agree with the earlier post which says that if you just have one more set, and you are mid-rest, the other person should wait.
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    The machines belong to ALL members of the gym so yes, it is required for ALL members to share. In fact, he or she may complain to the gym attendant about you "holding" a station or machine and you could get reprimanded or worse, get your membership revoked.


    inuman saidHELL NO, why would you let someone else you don't know get his or hers body all over where you are going to sit, I've known many a people who have gotten skin rashes from letting people work in, I say sorry you'll have to wait until I'm done, its not about being nice its about staying safe, that simple.

    If you were at my gym, I'd knock you in the head with a 45 LB plate and slide you across the street. That'll give you a rash, fer sure!

  • inuman

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    Mar 26, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    Oh please, you'd break a nail and the lisp wouldn't help so don't try act manly online okay icon_rolleyes.gif

    Oh and there isn't such a thing as a public gym, they are all private gyms, just so you all know, which means it should be kept up to health standards, oh wait you're all in the states, never mind...
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    You had only 1 set left, IMO you were fine telling him to wait, however if it were me and he would have began to critique me on "gym etiquette" I would have happily told him to use free weights or skip to the next exercise in the meantime while I finish my last set.
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    so if I want to be manly I need to go hit guys with 45lb plates


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  • inuman

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    Mar 26, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    Oh and the whole get in trouble bit may fly in fairyland but in the real world you just say then put time limit signs up otherwise if you're not going to look at everyone working out now and time stop them and shit like that fuck off cause I'm only going to be a few minutes, this guy who complained, talked to someone for 45 minutes, so I'm sure he can wait another 3 minutes icon_twisted.gif
  • inuman

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    Mar 26, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    Aww no more nega queens, but I was having fun icon_cry.gif
  • TonyD

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    Mar 26, 2012 2:57 PM GMT
    YES, you're supposed to share machines during sets, however, there's nothing wrong with finding another solution if the other person is willing.


    If this bugs the hell out of you, consider a more private gym.icon_cool.gif
  • inuman

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    Mar 26, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    FitBudz101 saidMonogamous relationships are with partners, not gym equipment.



    There is nothing that says in your contract that you sign that says you have to share a machine you are using, if that was the case you'd kick someone off of a speed bike when they were about to stand for that last burn or grab the step from under a lady who was doing some cardio workout. Seriously folks, why do you have to and its not required you do and if so why hasn't anyone posted signs and made it aware in the bloody contract?

    I think you all are just pissed cause its Monday and you can't stand when people tell you how it really is on a Monday, go have a lattee and chill icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 26, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    It's etiquette to allow others to work in if they ask, in general. But when guys ask me they normally ask how many more sets I have left and will just work on another machine nearby until I'm done. Sometimes I'll offer to let the guy work in but most usually would rather wait until I'm finished.

    If you go during peak hours or peak seasons (Jan-Mar) you should expect to be asked to share. Most people are pretty reasonable. BUT if you see a guy has a notebook/pad writing down every little set they do... watch out.
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    Mar 26, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    adam228 saidso if I want to be manly I need to go hit guys with 45lb plates


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    I usually start at 20 lb. weights on the first infraction and work my way up from there. icon_evil.gif
  • sportsjockla

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    Mar 26, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    I myself will find another machine to use if the one I want is being used. But if the gym is very busy during prime hours, you should let someone work in. If it is just one more set, I usually right away do my last set even if I have not fully rested. If I feel I need the rest for my last set, then I allow the person to work in.

    We can't always workout the way we want in a busy gym. We all have to make compromises.

    I just hate when someone uses more then one machine at the same time, and doesn't allow you to work in. That's rude!
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    Mar 26, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    This is one of my most frustrating pet peeves about the gym. If someone asks to use the station I'm on then I will without a problem. Most of the time people will do the same thing and stand feet away while watching me without saying a word. That's when I make it take longer than I normally would and don't pay them any attention unless they ask. It's like they expect me to read their mind or something. This is also why you will see me in the gym with a hat on pulled down low and headphones. I try to look as unfriendly as possible.

    There are plenty of other machines in the gym to use and if someone is on the one I want then I go somewhere else.
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    Mar 26, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    It depends on the situation.
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    Mar 26, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    Generally, "sharing is caring".
    Sometimes, I just say, "I've got one more set and I'm done".
    Or, I say "Sure" and let them work in.
    Depends on my mood.
  • FredMG

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    Mar 26, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    inuman said
    FitBudz101 saidMonogamous relationships are with partners, not gym equipment.



    There is nothing that says in your contract that you sign that says you have to share a machine you are using, if that was the case you'd kick someone off of a speed bike when they were about to stand for that last burn or grab the step from under a lady who was doing some cardio workout. Seriously folks, why do you have to and its not required you do and if so why hasn't anyone posted signs and made it aware in the bloody contract?

    I think you all are just pissed cause its Monday and you can't stand when people tell you how it really is on a Monday, go have a lattee and chill icon_twisted.gif


    Sharing machines at the gym is called "common (but evidently not "Canadian") courtesy". It's good manners, and manners, as they say, "make the Man".

    If someone asks to work in then you should let them, most gyms require a towel - so you should be wiping of equipment when your done anyway (this is often specified in gym contracts, but is also courtesy). It's also a courtesy for the person working in to set the weights back for you, or you can both do it, and be civil human beings to each other.

    Or you can just be another self absorbed douche bag. Gyms are full of them and no one will notice you being just another douche bag.