Should I switch gyms or not??

  • Athletic79

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    Jun 21, 2010 8:58 AM GMT
    Well,
    Its been about 3 whole months since i've been at this gym and Im starting to get really annoyed with a couple of guys (5) who really know how to get my blood boiling icon_evil.gif. I by know means look like or have the body of a body builder, but I do consider my define and extremly athletic and fit, but these guys at my gym are truley big and from my opinon gets help from the side if you know what I mean.

    Everytime say, I might use a machine or even dumbells at the gym or just going through my usual route 4 days a week, these same guys come in and gladly take over were I was working out without any question and have know intention on leaving or asking if Im done use the machines that they just took over. Now, I might not be huge and have as many muscle as these guys do but I will say Im just as fit, HELL Im a sponsor athelet for goodness sack!!!! I run professionally and figure I should be able to go to the gym in the city were I recently moved to and do my strength training ya know?!?! Its frustrating and I do have other friends who come to the gym that are just as muscular and could probably help me out but I dont want to turn this into a big fight or anything, but just becasue Im smaller I figure it shouldnt give these nuckle heads the right.. Not sure how to handle this. Suggestions would be great? I have a big season ahead and of course the olympic year is coming pretty soon!!
    Thanks
    guys!
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 21, 2010 10:43 AM GMT
    ITSSKEETDOG79 saidIm a sponsor athelet for goodness sack!!!!


    Type much? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Being successful in the gym has a lot to do with your comfort level there. If this group of guys is bothering you that much, why don't you talk to them first? (that is, without your friends who could, "help you out," and, by the way, are you serious? An adult conversation about something like this never turns into a steroid-pumped showdown). If the guys don't respond to your polite request that they not take over your equipment while you're still using it, file a complaint with the gym's management. If that doesn't worth, then think about changing gyms.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:32 AM GMT
    No reason you should be putting up with this. I'd already be talking to the management if this has been recurring behavior by them. If the management refuses to do anything, or nothing changes on the gym floor, then I'd exercise whatever options you have to terminate your membership. But you may have to wait until your current contract has expired to avoid a penalty.

    In either case, I would make sure that the highest level of management knows about your decision. If it's a chain, and those on the scene are merely managers, I would write the corporate headquarters a letter.

    Next, in looking for a new gym, when you get the prospect's tour make sure you point out this problem as a reason for wanting to join a better facility. Ask how they handle such issues themselves, what written policy they have about equipment usage, and stress that you require clear assurances that the policy is enforced, or else you would consider it a breach of contract.

    Incidentally, some gyms/health clubs reserve certain individual machines, usually the cardios, by the half-hour up to 1 hour total, helpful if they are part of your routine. In fact, in some places I've belonged it's the ONLY way they can be used, and I've never known the management to fail to enforce it. Free weights and circuit equipment, however, are typically on a first-come basis, but most better gyms do have clear rules about them, often posted around the equipment areas. Look for them when checking out a new place.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:33 AM GMT
    The first question is how can they take a machine or a pair of dumbells if your using it... Unless your using half the equipment in the place in which case they have every right to take anything but the one pair of weights your lifting or 1 machine with your towel on it

    the second thought is man up, grow a pair and claim what's yours and quit being a whiney lil bitch

    Or if you want to switch gyms you could try curves or planet fatness
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:55 AM GMT
    OP: are you one of those god-awful people who sets up a circuit of 15 different things at peak time and then gets upset if someone tries to use ANY of it during the 40 mins your two laps of the circuit takes?

    I don´t get it. I have never had problems like this, ever, with anything. I´m not big. I don´t THINK I exude menace, in fact I´m very polite. What I´d do (1) first call say "hey gents, I´m super setting the bench press with deads, I´ve got one set left. Can we make this work?" If in the exceptionally unlikely case they won´t help out (and if guys are that big they must take lifting seriously and one would have thought respect people who are working hard) then (2) go tell Mommy, ie the management.

    I don´t get why you have a problem. Do you come across as feeble?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 21, 2010 12:35 PM GMT
    In the 8 years I've been a member of the YMCA, I've had a couple of experiences with mildly irritating people....and only 1 of them ever did anything I would consider
    "outwardly irritating " toward me personally and it was minor. But, you might have
    a real problem here.. I'd do the following:

    1. Make sure your workouts are reasonable (in terms of time at each machine, etc)

    2. Do these dudes treat others the way they are treating you?

    3. Do communicate. I'd ask them, "whats up" and like others above, let them know you'll be done in short order. I'd go much further, I'd ask them what their issue is and try and get it worked out that way.

    4. While standing up for youself is always an important thing, I think creating
    a physical event in the gym, involving others, probably isn't the best idea.... let the management know whats up if you get nowhere talking to them. Make it clear you are not causing the issue and if its not resolved, you will take your membership elsewhere (and if you are on a contract, I'd review it).

    5. Think about the steps you need to take to resolve this. You don't need this
    bullshit and if they are just being "asswipes" to you, you need to solve this.
    Don't whine, just deal with it responsibily and move on with your life.
  • calibro

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    Jun 21, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    so you're a sponsored athlete who is training for the olympics and you're upset that guys don't ask to use the machines and dumbbells that you're clearly not using at the moment but intend to? much of your response seems to be rooted in insecurities as I can't really see what these guys have done. If it's really an issue, I don't see why you can't work in on the machines with them, particularly because it doesn't seem like you've actually tried talking to these guys. How are they supposed to know that you're using a machine if you're not actually using it and you don't say anything? The other alternative is simply to go to the gym at a different time.
  • Athletic79

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    Jun 21, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    Ok, apparently it seems that I may have took the wrong approach on this subject. Its seem some of you think Im the type that goes around the whole gym and use every single thing thats there. Well that not the case my friends. Im not the time that goes into a gym not know what Im doing. I do appreciate the suggestion some of you gave though and will take the advice also. The way they handle themselves in my opion is kidish and selfish. Its not a matter of me whinning, complaining, growing balls to man up, or being a little bitch. When they clearly see that Im using something and see that Im not done, you dont just take something over and continue to use it until I leave. You just dont go to the gym to put up with bull shit.. I just want to get my shit done and leave.

    Now asking me if im done, is a diffrent story, even asking to use it while Im using it would even be better. I might also mention that Im not the only one that they do this to either. Me being a runner has nothing to do with this, and honestly I shouldnt have out that out there, but there demeanor is like Im not worthy to be using anything. The reason they look at me and do what they do, I couldnt give you a logic reason. I guess you just gotta be there to see it. I have said something, even in the nicest manner, but I just got looked at and they turned around and paid me not attention. I just did want to get anyone aroused ya know?

    -thanks Bunjamon by the way, lol, I do tend to type fast and mis-spell words, and I think next time i wont mention the running thing -
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    Yeah like others have suggested, I don't quite get this ...

    How can they possibly take over a machine you're using whilst you're using it?

    You clearly "use" more than one machine at a time (?), which is a BIG no-no in my opinion. Excusable occassionally for supersets, and even then, you just have to "share" with people.

    A guy in my gym left a bench with his towel on it last night while he stood yakking to his friends, way down the other end of the gym. And there were a few people "queuing"/hanging around for a bench.

    Way out of order.

    and if you're not guilty of the above crimes, a simple "I'm actually using this" should suffice, no matter how big/small someone is ... or whether they use anabolic steroids or antihistamines?
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    ITSSKEETDOG79 saidThe way they handle themselves in my opion is kidish and selfish. Its not a matter of me whinning, complaining, growing balls to man up, or being a little bitch.


    I hate people that do circuit training and the gym would be a much better place without them. Once you leave a machine it is open season- anyone's game- they don't have to ask you if they may- if you could be so kind as to- they have the right to just jump on in. They are paying members. Close case. If don't like it then you can just change gyms, but I assure you that the same thing will occur in every gym you join.

    On a side note: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so I'm going to stay indoors and piss off anyone I can. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    Oh sorry I see you already explained yourself - still don't understand ... why can't you say "this is already taken"???
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    Suggestion: Stay close to your equipment while you are using it. If you need to take a water or bathroom break make it quick and put a towel or something on it to show you'll be back and don't go using something else. If I see a towel or water bottle on or by something longer than five minutes I consider it fair game to use. The same if I see someone leave a piece of equipment to go use something else. If they insist on taking your equipment in the middle of your workout ( amazing ) tell them you are not finished or invite them to work in. Doesn't seem to complicated..does it ?
  • darkeyedresol...

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    Jun 21, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
    You are not going to escape these people, so you might want to find a way to handle it. If I am reading this right, or maybe I am not, people take over a machine or bench you were on and proceed to hog it. I would say just ask if you can work in with them, which most guys will do.

    Most people are pretty reasonable, and most people in the gym know that people have their routines in place. I mean most people are so focused on their own workout they aren't aware of what other's are doing. They probably didn't realize it, and are not going to freak out about sharing. No one in a gym has the sole right to use any one thing more than anyone else. If they chose to be selfish, then go to the management and they will handle it.

    Some gym goers do feel they are superior to others due to size or whatever, I work at one so I see it. It happens at all gyms, even at a YMCA. You'd be better off learning to deal with it than moving.
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    Jun 21, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    I'm confused. They get on the treadmill (as an example) while you're running and start?

    I'm just confused how someone could take over equipment while you're using it and get strange images of two people on an exercycle or someone laying on top of you and grabbing the bench press bar.icon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gif
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Jun 22, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    DavePhx1007 saidSuggestion: Stay close to your equipment while you are using it. If you need to take a water or bathroom break make it quick and put a towel or something on it to show you'll be back and don't go using something else. If I see a towel or water bottle on or by something longer than five minutes I consider it fair game to use. The same if I see someone leave a piece of equipment to go use something else. If they insist on taking your equipment in the middle of your workout ( amazing ) tell them you are not finished or invite them to work in. Doesn't seem to complicated..does it ?


    dave nailed it
  • Athletic79

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    Jun 22, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    drakeyedresolpeople take over a machine or bench you were on and proceed to hog it


    THANK YOU!! That's the case -drakey-.

    I could ask and I have try in may ways, even ask if they want to share it. Saying it is easy but its just a no win issue ya know. Who CARES what someone is there to use or do, circuit training, us a michine or bench, so what, thats why they are there. I can give a rats butt if they are paying customers, to hog something while others are waiting, gives them no right. Im not going to the other side of the gym talking, or taking my time using or doing what Im doing. I make it a point to share if some what to jump in and use the machine or go though a set with me, I dont take all day to do my sets, so this isnt the case. They are puposely hogging the machine and have no plans to share anything. I figure this is just something I had to deal with. I figure I will stay, because there are alot of important things going on that I should be more concern about ya know.. Its still annoying though. Maybe I will switch the time I go..icon_idea.gif Not to hard to do.
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    Jun 22, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    GQguy2 saidI always tell people the money you spend on Gym membership you could build your own home gym that way its less time consuming and you don't have to put up with knuckleheads of any sort icon_wink.gif

    Assuming you have the space to spare. And commercial high-quality equipment costs tens of thousands of dollars, not hundreds. Nor do you have trainers available at home. I can see a continued need for gyms.
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    Jun 22, 2010 1:41 AM GMT
    ITSSKEETDOG79 said[...]Everytime say, I might use a machine or even dumbells at the gym or just going through my usual route 4 days a week, these same guys come in and gladly take over were I was working out without any question and have know intention on leaving or asking if Im done use the machines that they just took over. [...] I should be able to go to the gym [...] and do my strength training ya know?!?! Its frustrating [...] Not sure how to handle this. Suggestions would be great [...] Thanks guys!


    I get the impression that you are leaving very important facts out of your post, just like you added lots of unimportant stuff.
    Let me mention things that piss me off at the gym. You may or may not be one of those guys I mention, or perhaps not understand your rights and responsibilities there.
    One assumes that gym membership is open to people that pay, and everyone has equal rights and responsibilities to use the equipment, return it, and know that no one there has a monopoly. When one works on machines or weights one uses what one needs and not hog lots of stuff that is physically impossible to use at that time. One finishes and goes on to another piece of equipment, freeing it for another member to use. People have to be responsible. These are adults in the gym. One goes to the toilet or water fountain before or after. If one goes during a workout, one looses his place and anyone else in need should be able to use that equipment.
    No one has the right to put ones property (or whatever) on a bench and expect to reserve it and leave for a few minutes. That is unfair to other members and shows complete and blatant disrespect and irresponsibility. Time is limited and people need to go in, get things done and leave. Treat people the way you want to be treated. If members are there to socialize, stay away from the equipment, don't hog it! If you're taking a break, don't hold up other people who need that equipment.
    I've been bullied a number of times by the same person at my gym (Bally's) who habitually hogs something or another for over half an hour. (That guy wouldn't let me work in with him and verbally insulted and bullied me on different occasions.) The manager virtually said if I complain again then both that person and I might be kicked out (I don't remember the exact wording). I had to change my hours at the gym in order to go through my routines peacefully. If it wasn't for the gym's location, I would never have stayed, it often seems like a dump from many perspectives.
  • jgymnast733

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    Oct 24, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    That shit wouldnt go down here in new york, or not with me anyway.. Inform management about these assholes and if they dont do anything simply FART whenever they come around....Loud and often...
    So go home and eat lots of cabbage...theres more than one way to skin a cat my friend...icon_idea.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    I'm a big boy and know the concept of sharing. I tell folks "I never require exclusive use of the apparatus." You shouldn't require exclusive use, either. Just keep right on working out.
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    One other point. It's good to be flexible in your workout, being able to change the equipment and/or order of exercises within a muscle group if equipment is being used. I think that is generally preferable to waiting to work in.
  • monstapex

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    Oct 24, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
    gqguy2 saidI always tell people the money you spend on Gym membership you could build your own home gym that way its less time consuming and you don't have to put up with knuckleheads of any sort icon_wink.gif




    You must not watch America's Funniest Home Videos to see the dangers of having a home gym


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9oLcSZD9FA


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