Monday, March 17, 2014
Went to the gym yesterday morning to get in my workout and was happy to see that the rower was available.
I sat down and was readying my playlist when a man came up to me and asked if I would be on the machine for long. I said, "yes, for about 30 minutes." He then proceeded to tell me that he was using the rower for 1 minute intervals between his strength training. I replied that "I was sorry but the machine was empty and I intended to use it." I said if he was only going to be on it for a minute to go ahead and use it.
So, anyway he got off in a minute and I proceeded to do my 30 minute workout all the while contending with about 3 different men looking in the direction of the rower at various times obviously irritated.
Now, I have been a member of the Y for 17 years and in that time, the rower is the least used machine. I love to use it because it gives a whole body workout. I get it.....these men came together and had a routine planned out but where would anyone get off thinking that it's okay to occupy a machine for 1 minute intervals. At one point, one of the men actually came over and stood behind me.
The Y has a 45 minute policy on machines that people are waiting to use especially during busy times but I was only on it for 30 minutes. I barely had time to get up, wipe the rower down and walk away before the man was back.....again for a 1 minute interval.
If you have a specific workout regimen that requires you to hop from machine to machine and is dependent on no one else occupying the machine, then go to a private one-on-one gym.
I will not be intimidated by anyone who thinks their fitness is more important than mine!!!!
I am so tired of bad gym etiquette....not wiping down machines, talking on the cell phone, talking loudly to the person on the machine next the them, impatience with others, kids on exercise machines that they are obviously too young to be on. I come to the Y to get a workout. If I am in a class, I will talk before and after class but I'm not interested in talking during (a problem I had with water aerobics).