Who at your gym do YOU avoid asking to work in?

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    Oct 04, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    For me it's a tie between ipod users and straight couples; I just don't bother and work around both because no matter how nicely and deferentially or confidently I ask, they almost universally flat out say "no."

    Ipod users because if you ask them while they're fiddling with their playlists during a long rest break sitting on equipment they'll pretend not to know what you're asking them and make a big show of laboriously peeling off their headsets to demonstrate how rudely you've interrupted them - as if ipods confer upon them some sort of celebrity status, cone of invulnerability and license to ignore others.

    Straight couples because one of them is always the alpha. If the rest break is under a minute, the man acts like you're pissing on his leg. If over a minute the woman glares at you with a "how dare you disrespectfully interrupt what's obviously a life-changing conversation" look, then ignores you and keeps on talking to her partner.

    Btw, I change up my workout as I go, working around everyone 99% of the time, making lemonade out of those lemons from a muscle confusion perspective, and only ask to work in if all other options are played out.
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    Oct 04, 2012 5:33 AM GMT
    I don't bother to ask anymore. People still freak out if you ask to work in. But generally I won't ask if a guy lifts more (or less) weight than me. I don't want to bother switching the plates around between sets.

    On the flipside, if I notice someone standing around near me, I ask if they're waiting for me to finish. If yes, I ask them if they want to work in. Often times, they say no. Oh well.
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    Oct 04, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    i ask everyone i don't give shit lol
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    Oct 04, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    To be honest, there is only one guy. The unbelievably hot guy that I have a major crush on. I rarely get tied up around guys, but I don't think words would come out even if I tried.
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    Oct 04, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    I never ask people to work in. I usually find something else to work on. I only dont like people asking me when I already have two other people who are working in.
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    Oct 04, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    If I am short on time, anyone, no matter the size or gender, to date 99% of the guys are more than happy if you ask nicely rather than barking 'how long have you got to go...want to work in??!!' ;)
  • stratavos

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    Oct 04, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI never ask people to work in. I usually find something else to work on. I only don't like people asking me when I already have two other people who are working in.


    This. I prefer being independent in my workouts.
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    Oct 04, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    stratavos said
    Dallasfan824 saidI never ask people to work in. I usually find something else to work on. I only don't like people asking me when I already have two other people who are working in.


    This. I prefer being independent in my workouts.


    This says it for me as well. I can work around people more easily than to have to squeeze in there and work with them / re-setting the weights, etc. I can come back when they're finished - there are a ton of other things to do - even in a small gym.
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    Oct 04, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    My workouts are almost entirely free weight; one advantage is that there's another set of 50-pound dumbells over there, and I mostly get to avoid women. Now I love women; I just don't love women in the gym: because girlfriend is sitting on the one-and-only pec-dec machine, pushing 5 pounds and doing sets of 100; and she can't let you work in because ... well, because she just can't.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 04, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    The talkers in the gym. You know who they are and I don't want to know them or for them to know me. I like to control the rhythm of my workout and not turn it into a social setting although I do like to know the names of some of the regulars and say "Hi." Seems rude not to.
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    Oct 04, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said
    stratavos said
    Dallasfan824 saidI never ask people to work in. I usually find something else to work on. I only don't like people asking me when I already have two other people who are working in.


    This. I prefer being independent in my workouts.


    This says it for me as well. I can work around people more easily than to have to squeeze in there and work with them / re-setting the weights, etc. I can come back when they're finished - there are a ton of other things to do - even in a small gym.


    I agree here. I have never asked anyone to work in on a machine when someone else, although many people have asked me to. It can be a waste of time resetting weights and waiting for the person to finish. Not forgetting having to wipe it down each time either they are done, or I am. There's always plenty of other work outs that can be done without having to wait.
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    Oct 04, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    stratavos said
    Dallasfan824 saidI never ask people to work in. I usually find something else to work on. I only don't like people asking me when I already have two other people who are working in.


    This. I prefer being independent in my workouts.


    +1

    I will move land and see to avoid talking to or interacting with anyone at the gym.
  • ASHDOD

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    Oct 04, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    i will ask anyone unless its free weights and there is too much diffrence.
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    Oct 04, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    You talk to people at the gym?

    I'm one of those people that just doesn't say much to anyone there. That's my place to get everything out that I want to, and not have to deal with speaking to people.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 04, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    I don't talk to people at the gym. I am there to work out. There is enough equipment and enough exercises there should be no need for this??

    Look at bodybuilder.com there is an AP where you pic out a body part and you can find many maNY mANY different exercises for each body part, plus you will see more gains if you do not do the same thing every time you work-out.icon_idea.gificon_idea.gif Also I never work out with more than 1 other person so that person can grab the next piece of equipment and it is never a problem. If your gym is that crowded if you ask nicely the majority will let you work in a set.icon_idea.gif
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    Oct 04, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    I use an iphone and keep to myself but never hesitate to share a machine with someone else. If they "can't hear me" because of headphones I tap on their shoulder when they are standing around. Equally I always ask if the person wants to work in if they seem to be waiting.

    The only exceptions are weights if the weights aren't the same and teenage girls who rest on the machines (because they usually look intimidated by the whole scene anyway and I hate to startle them).
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    Oct 04, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    My gym is not so busy that people get in each other's way. So there is no need to ask to work in. Sorry about you bitchez.
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    Oct 04, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    Anybody that I have to take plates off the bar. That's ego crushing.
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    Oct 04, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
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    Coach_Mike saidAnybody that I have to take plates off the bar. That's ego crushing.

    That other guy in your profile pic looks like he could crush more than someone's ego. icon_eek.gif


    He's got that sweetness of really big men where they know they never have to throw their weight around because people just automatically fall in line.
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    Oct 04, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    Fortunately, I really don't have this problem at my gym. However, the person at time to avoid is a competitive body builder with some recent titles. He and my trainer are cousins and used to own the gym together, but sold it and are now just trainers. He really doesn't train but a couple of "groupies" at this point.

    He is the type of person that Planet Fitness created the "Lunk Alarm" for. He reeks of douche - throws the weights around grunts so loud you can't hear the music. He and his "groupies" will be goofing off more than working out, so it's annoying if you are even at a machine beside them. The other day - my trainer literally couldn't hear my loud voice talking to him because of all the cackling going on by the "groupies."

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    Oct 04, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    ConQuest saidFortunately, I really don't have this problem at my gym. However, the person at time to avoid is a competitive body builder with some recent titles. He and my trainer are cousins and used to own the gym together, but sold it and are now just trainers. He really doesn't train but a couple of "groupies" at this point.

    He is the type of person that Planet Fitness created the "Lunk Alarm" for. He wreaks of douche - throws the weights around grunts so loud you can't hear the music. He and his "groupies" will be goofing off more than working out, so it's annoying if you are even at a machine beside them. The other day - my trainer literally couldn't hear my loud voice talking to him because of all the cackling going on by the "groupies."

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    That's when you ask "May I?", lift the bar a couple of times and loudly say "Oh my God" and then make a big production of changing the weight. When he's smirking throw a few more 25 plates on and wink at his groupies.
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    Oct 04, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
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    ConQuest saidFortunately, I really don't have this problem at my gym. However, the person at time to avoid is a competitive body builder with some recent titles. He and my trainer are cousins and used to own the gym together, but sold it and are now just trainers. He really doesn't train but a couple of "groupies" at this point.

    He is the type of person that Planet Fitness created the "Lunk Alarm" for. He wreaks of douche - throws the weights around grunts so loud you can't hear the music. He and his "groupies" will be goofing off more than working out, so it's annoying if you are even at a machine beside them. The other day - my trainer literally couldn't hear my loud voice talking to him because of all the cackling going on by the "groupies."

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    That's when you ask "May I?", lift the bar a couple of times and loudly say "Oh my God" and then make a big production of changing the weight. When he's smirking throw a few more 25 plates on and wink at his groupies.


    Did I also add that since he was won some titles, there are literal shrines to him all over the gym- including a life-size banner outside. All of his clients have obnoxious t-shirts he has made. We typically just avoid him and the groupies. He's a steroid junkiie, Most people in the gym wouldn't even try the weights he throws on just to show off.
  • Vaughn

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    Oct 04, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Really really sweaty people.
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    Oct 04, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    anyone in a group...i get way too impatient. and if the guy is really attractive i might be too shy to.