There is a lot a bitching on this site about people curling in the squat rack and other such nonsense, but does anybody ever actually say something?
For example, I recently started lifting at a Gold’s in AF, Utah (btw, not to hate but Utah people seem kinda bitchy; maybe I just haven’t met too many cool people) which I was happily suprised to see had a lifting pad. Unfortunately, if I don’t go in early enough in the day, I have a good chance of being blocked from using said pad by a personal trainer and his client.
Usually, it’s swiss ball exercises or band press/stretch/movements. I’ll usually ask if they’re going to be there long in an effort to hint that I want to use the equipment that they are not using but blocking. The answer is invariably 10-20 minutes that I have to spend extending my warmup.
Now, 10-20 minutes isn’t a big deal, but I hate the fact that they aren’t even using the damn lifting pad. That’s what annoys me. The exercises they’re doing could be done anywhere in what is easily the biggest gym I’ve ever worked out at. Not to mention that this is a regular happening (maybe I just have bad timing).
I don’t ever say anything since they were there first plus it’s probably bad karma to berate a trainer in front of a client. So, has anybody ever actually requested that someone relinquish an ill-used piece of equipment?