What is the idea...hogging a machine and lifting dumbbells in between?

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    Jul 10, 2012 11:24 PM GMT
    I've talked to the managers a couple of times. People, mainly inconsiderate guys, are doing this at my gym more. Today a girl had dimes on a lat pull down that I needed to use and she was doing biceps with dumbbells in front of the machine. I asked if I could use the machine and she said "NO, I have 2 more sets." So what the "H" is going on? Are the trainers having people train this way now so that it bugs the hell out of people? I've even seen guys leave their gallon water bottles on the seat and leave for about 10 minutes sometimes. Next time I'll locate the manager for sure.
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    Jul 11, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    Not trying to be a misogynist here. But I find that women are the main perpetrators of picking a spot in the gym and setting up camp. By that, I mean they pick a bench or a machine or a random spot in the gym, and then proceed to grab all the dumbbells and equipment she needs and places them in her camp. And then spends about an hour or two going through her routine, in her little area. Most women have some common sense and pick a corner of the gym, and out of people's way. But once in a while, you get a genius or two that does this in the middle of the busiest spots of the gym. Like the free weight area, where all the dumbbells and benches are. And of course, they never rack their weights.

    And then there are the guys that have a like a 4-exercise super set. It's like, get the fuck out of here. It's peak hours and you expect people to wait for you while you work through your routine with 4 machines/equipment? At least let people work-in between sets, bro. And then there are the P90X guys and the TRX guys. Those fuckers get in everyone's way. I mean, geez.. those two exercise concepts are meant to be done at home anyways. Get the fuck out.

    But anyways, I use the 10 minute rule. If someone leaves a piece of equipment for 10 minutes, I'm moving their shit aside and do my workout. If you wanna chit-chat, Starbucks is down the street. If you wanna see what's going on with the basketball game, then go home and watch tv.
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    Jul 11, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    I always had this problem. Im at a new gym where there aren't very many people. Supersetting should only be ok if no one is at the gym. My rule is 2-3 minutes. If the person has gone off somewhere to chat then fuckem. I also don't get putting water bottles and towels on benches you aren't even using. People are so fucking rude it pisses me the fuck off.
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    Jul 11, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    braddomo saidWhat is the idea...hogging a machine and lifting dumbbells in between?
    Grow some balls and tell the fucker you wanna "work in" and give him the evil eye. icon_twisted.gif

    You'll get your way.
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    Jul 11, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    xrichx said...women are the main perpetrators of picking a spot in the gym and setting up camp...and then proceed to grab all the dumbbells and equipment...Most women have some common sense and pick a corner of the gym, and out of people's way.

    Which explains why the most popular fixed barbells (30-50lb) and dumbells (15-25lb) wind up remaining in the most counterintuitive, far-flung corners of the gym because after they complete their sets of walking lunges they never, EVER return them to their proper racks. And if all you use to workout for an hour is one fixed barbell and a few dumbells then why do you belong to a gym? Work out at home, preferably with the P90X and TRX people as mentioned previously.
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    Jul 11, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    xrichx said...women are the main perpetrators of picking a spot in the gym and setting up camp...and then proceed to grab all the dumbbells and equipment...Most women have some common sense and pick a corner of the gym, and out of people's way.

    Which explains why the most popular fixed barbells (30-50lb) and dumbells (15-25lb) wind up remaining in the most counterintuitive, far-flung corners of the gym because after they complete their sets of walking lunges they never, EVER return them to their proper racks. And if all you use to workout for an hour is one fixed barbell and a few dumbells then why do you belong to a gym? Work out at home, preferably with the P90X and TRX people as mentioned previously.


    Yeah. These same rude people don't put their weights away either. I get so pissed when a guy leaves his three 45 lb weights on each side on the machine. Feel like dumping a slurpy on them. Yes women shouldn't be on the men's machines anyway. They tend to be worthless pieces of crap. The same women that shouldn't be driving cars.
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    Jul 11, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    Guys at my gym drag pairs of dumbbells all the way to the machines and do sets of them in between their machine sets. It makes me want to grab a hammer and bash their fucking skulls in until every surface of the gym is covered in bloody douchebag brains ^_~
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    Jul 11, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    Same problems at my gym..and even worse..people that refuse to restack..I watched one guy empty one rack of barbells..dragged them over to a corner..Used them and left them there..i see people searching for weights all the time..it's kinda getting to me..i think i have six months left on my membership..i'll probably just pay it off and join LA....
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    I usually restack others weights if I don't know who did cuz if I did... I will give them the dirtiest look they have ever seen! Jk, I'd tell them to pick their shit up and get the fuck out of my way. Speak your mind and don't back down, they'll move.
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    hmm I've never really seen this happen! I always end up fighting with people over use of the flat weight benches though. LA fitness thinks it makes great sense to have 3-4 incline weight benches (which do not decline enough to be flat) but only 2 flat benches PER GYM. consequently they are always in use!
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    I'm guilty of taking dumbbells over to machines when I do circuits but I never hog the machines. I always let people work in or I ask if I can work in on the machine if they are using it. Makes no sense to tell someone they cant use a machine especially when you're not on it
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    As a person who does supersets quite often and crossfit workouts that tend to take up a few pieces of equipment...I can understand the frustration if the person isn't working out and just chilling but if I'm in the middle of a timed workout and someone moves my shit I flip.

    I think it's rude to move someones things or use something that they have clearly claimed for a specific task (if they are clearly using it).

    People are generally observant though. If I'm doing a 21,15,9 and lets say its: deadlift, chest to bar pullups and wall balls. So technically that workout uses a lot of space. But if people see me moving quickly and going hard they have respected my space and once I'm finished I clean up quickly and get out.
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    Jul 11, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    Bronbell123 saidAs a person who does supersets quite often and crossfit workouts that tend to take up a few pieces of equipment...I can understand the frustration if the person isn't working out and just chilling but if I'm in the middle of a timed workout and someone moves my shit I flip.

    I think it's rude to move someones things or use something that they have clearly claimed for a specific task (if they are clearly using it).

    People are generally observant though. If I'm doing a 21,15,9 and lets say its: deadlift, chest to bar pullups and wall balls. So technically that workout uses a lot of space. But if people see me moving quickly and going hard they have respected my space and once I'm finished I clean up quickly and get out.


    Sorry no. You can't hog 3 things at once. If you want a personal gym then get one.
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    Jul 11, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    homastj saidhmm I've never really seen this happen! I always end up fighting with people over use of the flat weight benches though. LA fitness thinks it makes great sense to have 3-4 incline weight benches (which do not decline enough to be flat) but only 2 flat benches PER GYM. consequently they are always in use!


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    Jul 11, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    I hate it too but luckily I go early. It's very inconsiderate
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    Jul 11, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    Trainers do it at my gym. Last week a guy spent 20 minutes on an ab machine. He'd do 10 reps, then play with his ipod for 5 minutes.
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    Jul 11, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
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    Bronbell123 saidAs a person who does supersets quite often and crossfit workouts that tend to take up a few pieces of equipment...I can understand the frustration if the person isn't working out and just chilling but if I'm in the middle of a timed workout and someone moves my shit I flip.

    I think it's rude to move someones things or use something that they have clearly claimed for a specific task (if they are clearly using it).

    People are generally observant though. If I'm doing a 21,15,9 and lets say its: deadlift, chest to bar pullups and wall balls. So technically that workout uses a lot of space. But if people see me moving quickly and going hard they have respected my space and once I'm finished I clean up quickly and get out.


    Sorry no. You can't hog 3 things at once. If you want a personal gym then get one.


    Agreed. If this is a regular "normal" gym (24 Hour Fitness/LA Fitness, etc.) it's not appropriate to hog three machines. Especially if there are no duplicates or close facsimiles of those pieces of equipment. If you want to do crossfit style workouts, you should probably be doing them at a crossfit gym.
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    Jul 11, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    Supersets?
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    Jul 11, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    FlypinHigh said
    Bronbell123 saidAs a person who does supersets quite often and crossfit workouts that tend to take up a few pieces of equipment...I can understand the frustration if the person isn't working out and just chilling but if I'm in the middle of a timed workout and someone moves my shit I flip.

    I think it's rude to move someones things or use something that they have clearly claimed for a specific task (if they are clearly using it).

    People are generally observant though. If I'm doing a 21,15,9 and lets say its: deadlift, chest to bar pullups and wall balls. So technically that workout uses a lot of space. But if people see me moving quickly and going hard they have respected my space and once I'm finished I clean up quickly and get out.


    Sorry no. You can't hog 3 things at once. If you want a personal gym then get one.

    I agree. I'd be annoyed if you did that where I work out. Join a Crossfit gym where everyone is doing the same WOD.
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    Jul 12, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    JR_RJ saidSupersets?
    It's when you do different sets of exercises back to back without a break in between. It can be an effective workout technique if you superset the right exercises with the right muscle groups. But most people out there just don't get it. They'll do supersets of completely unrelated or non beneficial movements. It's like they'll do a set of bench press and then do crunches. Or do a set of squats and then run over to the dumbbell rack to do shrugs.
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    Jul 12, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    I must seem like a prick because I have no qualms asking to jump in while someone is resting. No one's ever said no but if they did I'd haul over a staff member and insist on an immediate etiquette education session with the the hog. Helps that my gym posts sign asking people not to rest on the the equipment to give other people a chance.

    Super sets? No hogging two machines. My attitude is you get one at a time or buy your own.
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    Jul 12, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidI must seem like a prick because I have no qualms asking to jump in while someone is resting. No one's ever said no but if they did I'd haul over a staff member and insist on an immediate etiquette education session with the the hog. Helps that my gym posts sign asking people not to rest on the the equipment to give other people a chance.

    Super sets? No hogging two machines. My attitude is you get one at a time or buy your own.



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    People are so passive these days and let people walk all over them. If someone's sitting on a machine fucking with their iPod I have no problem tapping them on the shoulder and telling them I'm "working in". Women are the worst at thinking they own a fucking machine while they're using it. I've had to educate more than a few in my lifetime on proper gym etiquette. If they insist on hogging a machine, I go get a manager.
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    Jul 12, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    JR_RJ saidSupersets?
    That's what it's called when you workout like Superman.
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    Jul 12, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    I keep reading that as super sex.
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    Jul 12, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    Today I stared, open-mouthed, as a guy did curls on the Smith machine. Curls. On. The Smith machine. This was after he had already camped at the thing to do bench and reverse pull ups. I was an inch from saying something, but just left because that pig parlor was so packed it rendered working out hopeless.

    I need a new gym.