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post #16 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-21-2016, 11:28 AM
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The gym we went to last had a policy that stated if you weren't currently on the machine, it was free to be used by other members. Period. Right there in the contract and on the wall.
I think the OP is in the clear, and behaved just fine. I see no etiquette rules being broken. There was no one on the treadmill when he arrived, and there was no one on the treadmill when he had finished changing his shoes.

I understand the whole "towel means the machine is in use," but I don't think that applies in this case. Why? Because it's peak time at the gym, and there are only three treadmills in the whole place. It's a real d!ck move on the other guy's part to monopolize a machine during peak time, by walking away and leaving his sh!t there--part of etiquette is being courteous of other people in the gym. He doesn't OWN the treadmill. The OP pays a membership fee

People have made the "bathroom break" argument, which I don't buy. It's just common sense to use the facilities BEFORE you start your workout, and you should be able to make it through 30 mins on the treadmill without having to go again... if you can't, well then, you've got more serious issues than whether or not someone takes the treadmill that you abandoned.


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People have made the "bathroom break" argument, which I don't buy. It's just common sense to use the facilities BEFORE you start your workout, and you should be able to make it through 30 mins on the treadmill without having to go again... if you can't, well then, you've got more serious issues than whether or not someone takes the treadmill that you abandoned.
Actually it can be legitimate. Oh geez, I don't want to sound like some poop expert lol. The most common cause, people having caffeine/stims pre workout. This of course can stimulate the GI which is why you could easily end up having to do #1 or #2 intra workout when everything kicks in. Not just caffeine but could be other things you may have taken as well. Back in the day there was a pre workout called Super Pump which based on user feedback got renamed Super Dump lol.

Also, some people may do something like the treadmill at the end of their workout so may have consumed a lot of water/liquids leading up to that (which once again, with your bladder bouncing up and down on the treadmill could be enough to trigger a tinkle)

My current process, I take my pre workout about 30 minutes before I go to the gym. This gives me enough time to get the pre workout morning poop in before heading out the door. If I have to poop at the gym, it feels like a workout in itself and I just end u p going home lol

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Actually it can be legitimate. Oh geez, I don't want to sound like some poop expert lol. The most common cause, people having caffeine/stims pre workout. This of course can stimulate the GI which is why you could easily end up having to do #1 or #2 intra workout when everything kicks in. Not just caffeine but could be other things you may have taken as well. Back in the day there was a pre workout called Super Pump which based on user feedback got renamed Super Dump lol.

Also, some people may do something like the treadmill at the end of their workout so may have consumed a lot of water/liquids leading up to that (which once again, with your bladder bouncing up and down on the treadmill could be enough to trigger a tinkle)

My current process, I take my pre workout about 30 minutes before I go to the gym. This gives me enough time to get the pre workout morning poop in before heading out the door. If I have to poop at the gym, it feels like a workout in itself and I just end u p going home lol

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Since anyone could be affected by needs for ablution, I think "you move, you lose" is the best way to go since it could happen to any of us.

there's no point in having unused assets in the gym, especially at high time.

Plus the idea of giving some time between the person leaving the machine and coming back, who exactly is going to check on that. The whole idea of the machine going into sleep mode after 60 seconds of non movement was one way to solve it. Should we extend that to 5 minutes.

In any case, after bringing my beef here and not hassling my husband, my solution for the next time is to point out to the manager that the machine is free despite a towel hanging on its frame. What might be her opinion?
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this issue is one of the big reasons I swim. My gym has 2 areas for cardio. The women only area, and the anything goes area. Guess where the functional machines are, and while you are at it guess where the women work out. So here I was waiting for this gall to walk an hour while 3 machines were empty upstairs. The last day was when they put the 175 # weight limit on the men's treadmills. My current treadmill has varying inclines, natural dirt surface, scenic vegetation and occasional wildlife. Very few over toned women.
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The towel / bottle is a sign that the machine is taken. However, some abuse that greatly. There is one lady at my gym who will put her stuff on her favorite treadmill, then go and do a 30 minute workout on the weight floor and come back to "her" treadmill. I have been known to move her stuff and use that machine just because I can't stand people that think they are entitled to stuff in a public space.

In your case, I would have done as you did. However, when approached, I would have given the machine back ONE TIME. If it regularly happens that some one is "holding" their machine, then that person loses all gym etiquette from me.

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Agree.

The water bottle and towel is a universal symbol where I go that the machine is taken.

This is also one of the reasons we chose to join a very large gym. We have about 20+ of each type of cardio machine so it's not such a noticeable issue if someone saves a machine.

In a small place, the gym should have a policy for peak hours about this. You should suggest that to them.

However - in your shoes, I would have asked around if anyone saw the person using the machine. And probably just used another cardio machine while scoping it out for the next 15-20 mins.

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Our gym IS a large gym. Over 25 treadmills, 15 stair steppers, over 40 of two different kinds of ellipticals, two different weight areas with racks and Smith machines as far as the eye can see.

At 6 pm on a weekday, you're lucky to get a machine or a dumb bell, and can forget about a bar and some weights until after 8 pm, at earliest. Hell, you're lucky to have space to lay a yoga mat.

Our gym has a very low monthly membership fee and allows adult memberships to anyone ever 16 with parental consent. A lot of the local high school athletes work out there in addition to everyone else you'd expect to see at the gym, so during peak time it's packed!
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Who the hell "holds" a treadmill?!?

I'd wait five minutes cause maybe they went to the bathroom.

You're either running or your not. This guy is a clown. Total narcissist.

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Who the hell "holds" a treadmill?!?

I'd wait five minutes cause maybe they went to the bathroom.

You're either running or your not. This guy is a clown. Total narcissist.
5 minutes is a long time in gym time. I try to get 30 minutes of running time when I am not taking class. That's 16% of my evening program.

The more I respond to my own thread, the more I believe that one should not get that privilege.

As I said, rest time at my gym is programmed for 1 minute. unless, you restart and repause or restart to treadmill again, it goes into sleep. And starts over at 00:00 for time.

I did see at one gym signs that say that the aerobic machines stop at 30 minutes. I guess that means you need to get off it. Especially at high time,
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The towel / bottle is a sign that the machine is taken. However, some abuse that greatly. There is one lady at my gym who will put her stuff on her favorite treadmill, then go and do a 30 minute workout on the weight floor and come back to "her" treadmill. I have been known to move her stuff and use that machine just because I can't stand people that think they are entitled to stuff in a public space.

In your case, I would have done as you did. However, when approached, I would have given the machine back ONE TIME. If it regularly happens that some one is "holding" their machine, then that person loses all gym etiquette from me.
the management support that practice.
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Actually it can be legitimate. Oh geez, I don't want to sound like some poop expert lol. The most common cause, people having caffeine/stims pre workout. This of course can stimulate the GI which is why you could easily end up having to do #1 or #2 intra workout when everything kicks in. Not just caffeine but could be other things you may have taken as well. Back in the day there was a pre workout called Super Pump which based on user feedback got renamed Super Dump lol.

Also, some people may do something like the treadmill at the end of their workout so may have consumed a lot of water/liquids leading up to that (which once again, with your bladder bouncing up and down on the treadmill could be enough to trigger a tinkle)

My current process, I take my pre workout about 30 minutes before I go to the gym. This gives me enough time to get the pre workout morning poop in before heading out the door. If I have to poop at the gym, it feels like a workout in itself and I just end u p going home lol

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Fair enough.

Though, I think if one is taking a supplement which causes that type of side effect... try a different supplement!


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5 minutes is a long time in gym time. I try to get 30 minutes of running time when I am not taking class. That's 16% of my evening program.

The more I respond to my own thread, the more I believe that one should not get that privilege.

As I said, rest time at my gym is programmed for 1 minute. unless, you restart and repause or restart to treadmill again, it goes into sleep. And starts over at 00:00 for time.

I did see at one gym signs that say that the aerobic machines stop at 30 minutes. I guess that means you need to get off it. Especially at high time,
I purposely go to a gym that's not as busy cause I hate waiting for machines. At the same time, I've had my machine "taken" simply cause I went to take a piss and it sucks. Its a long walk to the locker room, pee, wash hands, dumb air dryer and a long walk back. Easily 3-4 minutes.

But I just moved onto something else when it happened. Almost all the patrons at my gym will ask if you or someone are using something before they jump on. I personally would wait out of courtesy cause I've been there but I'm not on such a rigid schedule as you I guess.

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I purposely go to a gym that's not as busy cause I hate waiting for machines. At the same time, I've had my machine "taken" simply cause I went to take a piss and it sucks.

But I just moved onto something else. Almost all the patrons will ask if you are using something before they jump on. I personally would wait out of courtesy but I'm not on such a rigid schedule as you I guess.
Should I pay a visit to the men's room and ask permission before I go on a machine At least one with a towel on it?

And remember, I don't was taking a piss or a dump. He may have been in the courtyard tending to a call or a text. What do you propose then?
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I purposely go to a gym that's not as busy cause I hate waiting for machines. At the same time, I've had my machine "taken" simply cause I went to take a piss and it sucks. Its a long walk to the locker room, pee, wash hands, dumb air dryer and a long walk back. Easily 3-4 minutes.

But I just moved onto something else when it happened
. Almost all the patrons at my gym will ask if you or someone are using something before they jump on. I personally would wait out of courtesy cause I've been there but I'm not on such a rigid schedule as you I guess.
There were no more treadmills available. He was able to move on to a stairmaster. Or should I have done that?
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There were no more treadmills available. He was able to move on to a stairmaster. Or should I have done that?
I mean just be reasonable. That's my philosophy...

If he comes back and sees you on it and says, "I'm so sorry I was using that I just had to run to the bathroom real quick." And it was less than 5 minutes, I'd be like "okay, I thought it was unoccupied" and I would do the stairmaster.

If he's like, "I had to take a phone call (which can wait)" or "I'm holding it to use in 20 minutes" or "I'm doing some bizarre tread mill circuit" I'd tell him to go pound sand. It's a judgment call what you think is fair and how you would feel in his position.

That's just me.... Treat others the way you would expect to be treated. I take a lot of protein on my gym days. Sometimes you just get that sudden urge to go LOL.

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What would you have done?

I'm wondering if I should mention this to the management.
What what I have done? ....I would have chosen a different cardio machine and moved on.

In your shoes though, I would have simply replied to the guy that I wouldn't be long then put my headphones back in. I'm not one for telling management and requesting signs. I just don't feel that a person is going to change their manners/behavior because of a sign. My take is you did what you thought was okay at the time. What bothers you about it?

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