How do you handle "That Guy" at the gym?

  • fitnfunmich

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    Ok so I've read countless threads about what annoys us at the gym, but how do you guys actually handle those situations successfully? I truly don't want to be an ass to people, even though their behavior might sometimes request that I do. Anyway a recent example:

    I went to the gym at prime time the other night (5:30-6ish) to do a chest routine, and this clown had all three flat chest-press benches lined up and was jumping over them sequentially. Seriously. I just want to do some bench presses and here this guy is playing hop-scotch in a crowded gym and hogging all of the equipment.

    So what do you actually say in a situation so obvious? I was flummoxed. Of course I'm used to the moron who puts his towels and water bottles on machines he isn't using, or the one who does circuit training with 5 machines at once, but this one took the cake and I honestly didn't know what say.

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    I chose gyms with few people in them and go off peak.

    If i were unable to do that I´d probably (1) speak to management and explain what they need to say to him or (2) do it myself, depending on the situation.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:41 PM GMT
    Some people just don't know any better. Find a list online about gym etiquette, print it off, and ask the gym to post it in the gym.

    Also, If I absolutely have to go work out during a peak hour, I assume I will be totally jerked over at some point by someone. There really is no way around it. If you go during peak hours, you are screwed.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:47 PM GMT
    You could have said "Excuse me, I need to use one of these benches" and watched the stunned look on his and everyone else's face while you grabbed it and wheeled it away.
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    Feb 16, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    I've finally gotten the guts to say to any stupid bruiser hogging equipment or just sitting on equipment and taking a break, "Hey, I wanna use that," i.e., get the F off. And they do.

    If they don't, then I run and tell their mother.
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    Feb 16, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    I just ignore all the shit people do that pisses me off at the gym. If I worried about everything that annoys me I'd never go... I just tell myself that not everyone can be as smart or respectful as me, and I should be greatful that I'm not a huge douchebag like them.
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    Feb 16, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
    I agree with a couple of the above suggestions:

    1 - go during off-hours
    2 - Say one of 3 things listed below:
    -- "Excuse me, how much longer do you need this bench?"
    -- "May I work in with you on THIS bench?"
    -- "I'm taking this bench."

    There is one other suggestion: Irritate him by asking a gazillion questions on what he is doing and he'll run off leaving you with all 3 benches. icon_wink.gif

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    Feb 16, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    I would just sit down and go to work. If someone isn't physically on the machine, then it's fair game. Then I would pee on it so everyone knew it was mine.
  • fitnfunmich

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    Feb 16, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    Good advice for sure. I definitely try to hit the gym on off-times, but as you know sometimes it can't be helped--better to workout in a crowd than not at all. And yes I expect to sometimes wait for equipment and so I'm usually flexible, and I don't wanna come across as some whiny bitch either.

    The bottom line I guess is whether in these situations we should A) Ignore the offending action until it goes away, or B) Confront said action with a counter-action or statement.

    I have always tended toward the former, but am rapidly progressing toward the latter. After all, life is short.
  • soccerboi21

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    Feb 16, 2010 8:10 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidYou could have said "Excuse me, I need to use one of these benches" and watched the stunned look on his and everyone else's face while you grabbed it and wheeled it away.


    This would have been my first choice, if he doesn't know any better.
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    Feb 16, 2010 8:13 PM GMT
    This is why I like working out at home... I can be as selfish as I like. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 16, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    When people don't clean off the machines after they use them and sweat all over them, I choose to glower and scoff loudly. Only once have I ever said "Clean off the damn machine," because it was a seventeen year old girl using it and frankly I thought I could take her.
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    Feb 16, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    You obviously havent been paying very close attention to RJ lately...

    The consenus is .... with a garden hose. .... icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 16, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    velovert2 saidI would just sit down and go to work. If someone isn't physically on the machine, then it's fair game. Then I would pee on it so everyone knew it was mine.


    LOL best yet!!
  • EricLA

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    Feb 16, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    I'm not above tattling and having the gym staff dealing with it. They should get up from behind the desk from time to time anyway.
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    Feb 16, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    here's an oldie but a goodie, you may remember it from when you were five years old.

    get in line behind him and copy everything he does...follow him really closely. If he says anything to you, just repeat it back.

    e.g.

    Him - hop hop hop
    You - hop hop hop
    Him "Hey, what are you doing?"
    You "Hey, what are you doing?"
    Him "Stop that."
    You "Stop that."
    Him "You are such a child."
    You "You are such a child."
    Him "I'm telling the management."
    You "Fuck off and die, you little prick...ever think maybe someone else wants to workout? Why don't you take your stupid little Men's Fitness routine into the aerobics room with the rest of the old ladies, before I shove my fist up your ass...and not in a good way."

    You know...something along those lines...
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 16, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
    Knowing me, I'd say something directly to his face. I don't care if the ass was belligerent, someone needs to call him on it. I'd also say something to the management. You are not the only one who has been put off because of this shit.
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    Feb 16, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    Somebody like that already knows that they are hogging the equipment and probably get a cheap thrill from it knowing they are pissing people off. Some people will run away like mice if you call them on it and others are simply waiting/inviting trouble and welcome it.

    If I really really needed that equipment, I would jump on the machine and ignore him and if he said something nasty, I would embarress the shit out of him with a few choice words.

    But usually I avoid the whole scene and just change my routine and do something different. Often I end up being pleasantly surprised and challenged by mixing things up and actually have the idiot to thank for it.
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    Feb 16, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidThis is why I like working out at home... I can be as selfish as I like. icon_lol.gif


    ditto. it's nice not having to deal with any assholes like the one the OP mentioned.
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    Feb 16, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    have you tried punching this d-bag in the face as he's jumping over them? that might work.

    you could try being a nice, assertive guy and just be like, "yo bitch what the fuck? i'm gonna use one of these benches." well, maybe a little nicer haha. but in all seriousness, i wouldn't ask him if it's alright to use the bench, i'd tell him i'm going to use a bench. big difference. that way he can't really ask you to "wait for one more set," turn you down, or any crap like that.

    gotta love stupid people.
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    Feb 17, 2010 12:27 AM GMT
    Buy a gun.....
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    Feb 17, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    Offer him sex on one of those benches
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    Feb 17, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    Tell him you want to use one of the machine. If the request doesnt get him to relent, then just go get mgmt and have them inquire what he is doing. It's not your gym. It's not his gym. Mgmt has to handle situations.
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    Feb 17, 2010 12:56 AM GMT
    I certainly understand the inkling to say something to the dude to let him know that he is hogging equipment. However, when I am in this situation, I usually take the opportunity to diversify my routine- ie. find another exercise that accomplishes the same goal as the equipment that is not available, or take the opportunity to get in some additional cardio, etc. Just mix up your routine a bit. If the situation were reversed and someone said to me "excuse me but i need that," I would just respond, "hey, i pay my monthly dues here just like you do so learn to wait like everyone else." That has never happened to me. But, no sense it creating a tit for tat war. JMHO.
  • Moishendlishu...

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    Feb 17, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    Recently I had some little douche take up one of the benches by doing arm curls with the barbell....and leaving it on the fucking bench with two towels wrapped around it while he wasn't using it. There were only two flat benches in this small gym, and there was a towel on the other one. So I looked around for a few minutes and when no one came to claim the towel, I used the bench. I think it was his and he might have been using it for something. He gave a me a dirty look but I just did my workout.

    I've been known to be one of those people who takes up two pieces of equipment, usually doing a set on something else right afterwards and resting. People have asked me before to work in and I'm happy to do so, or I finish my last set so they can start theirs. If you communicate chances are things will go smoothly. icon_biggrin.gif