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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-21-2016, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Gym etiquette / policy / whatever

I go to a small, it's 6 minutes from my house....

Anyway, i went around noon one weekday which I understand is prime time.

Among the aerobic machines, there are only 3 treadmills.

When I arrived. I could see that 2 had someone on them. One was not in use although I could see a towel hanging on its frame.

I changed my shoes as gym rules are such that you cannot use the same shoes that you came in from the street with.

I put my stuff in a locker and locked it. this is all in the same space as the treadmill so I was able to see it as I did all these things.

I got on the treadmill and notticed not only the towel but also a water bottle. A couple of feet away from this machine was one of those cubicle / shelf like structures so I put those items there.

And then I started my treadmilling. About 1 minute into it, the person came back and wanted the machine back.

He asked if I saw his items. yes, I did. I told him that I didn't see him even as I was changing my shoes.

He did n't engage the management. but did hang around.

For my part, I try to get some treadmilling in before a close. So that allowed me only 5 minutes running time before the class started.

And as I was getting the machine, someone else asked about it and I mentioned that there someone else waiting for it.... yes, that guy.

What would you have done?

I'm wondering if I should mention this to the management.

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I go to a small, it's 6 minutes from my house....

Anyway, i went around noon one weekday which I understand is prime time.

Among the aerobic machines, there are only 3 treadmills.

When I arrived. I could see that 2 had someone on them. One was not in use although I could see a towel hanging on its frame.

I changed my shoes as gym rules are such that you cannot use the same shoes that you came in from the street with.

I put my stuff in a locker and locked it. this is all in the same space as the treadmill so I was able to see it as I did all these things.

I got on the treadmill and notticed not only the towel but also a water bottle. A couple of feet away from this machine was one of those cubicle / shelf like structures so I put those items there.

And then I started my treadmilling. About 1 minute into it, the person came back and wanted the machine back.

He asked if I saw his items. yes, I did. I told him that I didn't see him even as I was changing my shoes.

He did n't engage the management. but did hang around.

For my part, I try to get some treadmilling in before a close. So that allowed me only 5 minutes running time before the class started.

And as I was getting the machine, someone else asked about it and I mentioned that there someone else waiting for it.... yes, that guy.

What would you have done?

I'm wondering if I should mention this to the management.
Absolutely! Management needs to know that it is not doing a very good job!

And after having been so advised, if they then refuse to comply, then it's time to find yourself another gym or workout facility where rules are adhered to!

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So, Arbitrator, you believe that you move, you lose.

I do too as long as everyone else follows that.
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I agree. I don't think someone should "hog" the treadmill by marking it with their stuff. If they're not there to use it, they lose it.

Now it's a bit different with weights and weight machines, especially if someone is doing a circuit and they just need to jump onto a machine for one quick set. But most experienced gym-goers are quite familiar with this and have no problem allowing someone to "work in".

IMHO you did the correct thing. You politely placed his things on the shelf (instead of tossing on to the floor ). And I would tell management they need to post a sign near the treadmills -- "Please be courteous to other patrons. No 'Holding' Equipment", or something to that effect.

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Yeah, maybe that person went to the bathroom; and left their towel and water bottle as a way to "hold" the machine 'til they got back??

But you had no way to know this; and saw an unused machine and started to get your workout in.

Maybe management needs to issue signs that can be placed on the control panel of the machine if someone needs to take a bathroom break, saying something like "Machine taken, patron will return shortly". I dunno.

You called it the best you could. Hope the person you unintentionally ousted understood, and there aren't any hard feelings.
If there is a grace period for bathroom breaks, that would have to be defined.

I could the see the empty treadmill as I entered the door and always look for it because that determines how fast I'll change my shoes take my coat off and get things into the locker.

And then I was on the treadmill runningin my groove so to speak so after I determined the correct speed and incline.......

and then this guy shows up........

Considering the fact that I only had 5 minutes to treadmill before the class....

that means that 5 minutes is a meaningful amount of time.


and 1 minute is 20% of 5 minutes.........

those are the proportions that we are dealing with.....
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Hmmm... this is tricky. Like intheory said, maybe the person just ran to the bathroom. if that is the case they shouldn't lose their machine. So, I will go with @intheory suggestion, have management create a sign that says "Gotta $h!t, brb" along with the poop and taco emoji so you know next time!

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I would just take on a case by case basis.

I go to a small gym as well, and have somewhat similar gym etiquette issues. Normally I am at the gym at 5am so very few people there that I have to worry about (except for the guy who periodically has digestive issues, leaves trailers/crop duster all over the place which is great b/c the area will stink, I will be the only left in that area, and anyone else who walks in thinks I was the one participating in anal acoustics ...

The one issue I do run in to, if I go to the on the weekends around 7-8am, there are a couple of females who come in to work out together (typically with the personal trainer). For some reason they view the equipment (in particular the bench press) as the best place to store their purse, coat, etc... They won't even use the bench press, just end up doing various exercises elsewhere. Unfortunately the PT doesn't have an issue with this which is why they probably do this. Seriously, one time I was on the bench press, bar was loaded, I finished my set and walked away (maybe 10 feet or so, just moving around) and the minute I got up they tried putting their crap on the bench. Common sense is definitely lacking there ...
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I prefer Mr. Hanky as my animated fecal character, for future reference.

Richard Simmons workout videos can be very intense. I did them for about six months. Made sure the living room drapes were closed all the way first. Good, goofy workout.
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I still remember doing those Billy Blank Tae Bo videos when they first came out. First time I did it I could barely walk for a week lol.
Oh man, I LOVED Tae Bo... Billy Blanks was da' bomb!!! And you're right, I couldn't go up or down stairs for a week. At all.

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Usually a towel is to show that the equipment is being used. Could someone forget one? sure.

I usual would look around, then ask the person next to the equipment, "hey, did you see someone on this treadmill?"

I'm not sure of the exact timing, but it seems like you jumped the gun slightly.
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Usually a towel is to show that the equipment is being used. Could someone forget one? sure.

I usual would look around, then ask the person next to the equipment, "hey, did you see someone on this treadmill?"

I'm not sure of the exact timing, but it seems like you jumped the gun slightly.
How much time would you give for grace period.

The type of treadmill at my gym gives a 1minute pause. If the user does not revert back to active mode, then the machine "stops", gives a summary of the run and then goes into sleep mode.

I saw the summary screen. I don't know how long the summary screen lasts. (so pause screen + summary screen) So at least one minute by the time I got to the machine. And then I was running on the machine by the time the guy returned, so close to another minute.

Would you say then, that a grace period consists of at least 2 minutes... or more maybe?

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Oh man, I LOVED Tae Bo... Billy Blanks was da' bomb!!! And you're right, I couldn't go up or down stairs for a week. At all.
My problem, when I first started those video I went into it thinking I was already a professional kickboxer/martial artist. Boy was that a mistake lol.
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There's gotta be a suggestion box at your gym; or perhaps you can email the manager directly.

Just let them know what happened; and that you felt a bit awkward and embarrassed. And, can they come up with a system for indicating when a machine is taken?

There might be other members who have had similar experiences; and would be glad to see this issue addressed.

It's a very reasonable request.
yeah, you're right. And we're assuming bathroom breaks.

This guy could have taken a phone call and assumed that the treadmill would be waiting for him.
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The implication here is that

I don't want to give up the treadmill because I took a bathroom break


only to find out that if I had been away for 2 minutes or less, I should still be able to reclaim the machine

EVEN when others are waiting.
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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.
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Usually a towel is to show that the equipment is being used. Could someone forget one? sure.

I usual would look around, then ask the person next to the equipment, "hey, did you see someone on this treadmill?"

I'm not sure of the exact timing, but it seems like you jumped the gun slightly.
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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