I have to get this off my chest just to see if I am the only one that gets fupped off at this.
I feel your pain but unfortunately Im not sure if there is anything you can do about it eefc.
However, as someone whos been going to the gym for years and years I can guarantee you that come Feb 1st there will be at least a 30% -50% drop off of all those people who hit the gym in January and itll be much easier to get on the machines again. I see it every year.
Well done you for putting in the effort ! PS I find at this time of year its better to go for a long time at weekends say when theres less people about , it does my head in waiting on machines and then people are sitting on bikes chatting and laughing - eh you can do that at home love
I agree with LLC - it's a pain but if they're members they have as much right to use the gym as you have. Most likely come next week they'll be gone! Alternatively can you look at going at a different time for the next week or two?
So I know that you get what you pay for - it doesn't bother me at all that there are no classes or a pool at my gym - it was dirt cheap and it does the job for me.
BUT - what annoys me is that for some reason there are LOADS of kids in it .... and I'm not talking 18-20's ... they are school kids about 16 years old I'd say. It's grand when it's quiet enough but when it's busy and they are fluting around it bugs me. There's one kid who does nothing except walk around messing with his mates and they really get to me - they aren't doing anything at all..... every 10 minutes or so they might do about 5 press ups!
Now there's 32 treadmills there (yes, I counted!) and I've never been left waiting for one of those but other stuff like floor space etc I have been.
I think that yeah, if you are left waiting a while and then especially when you can't move to a different area because another group of them are faffing about there then you could have a quiet word with the manager on duty and say look can you have a chat with them and ask them to do their work out and keep it all moving along?
I feel your pain eefc!!
I'm in a certain gym that prides itself on how cheap it is and is owned by someone connected to a certain supermarket chain if you get me?!
I was dreading the gym this week because of the january eager beavers too, but luckily turned out not too bad when i went in, thats my excuse for not going out the window!
I suppose its similar but, my gym peeve is girls who have to go in packs to the gym,
Noticed 2 girls in my gym,
They are obviously good friends but their fitness rates and body shapes are very different, one pretty slim, the other a little overweight.
But they arrive to the gym together, do the same machines, for the same length of time, do the same floor excercises, the same amount of reps, basically never leave eachothers side, i just don't get it, why not just do your own thing and push yourself to your own limits!
Yeah its a tricky one alright- I kind of took my anger out on the treadmill in the end but it was getting close to a kettlebell flying in their direction to send them flying like 10 pin skittles!
I've started getting up at half 6 and going before work. It as a killer at first but the gym is empty so I'm in and out much quicker and it's great to have the evenings free
In January my gym is always packed! Can't get a machine for love nor money then when you spot a spare one by the time you've stoped whatever you were doing while waiting and made a run for the free machine, someone gets there before me
I know the feeling
Out of interest is time limited on the machines? I'm in the UK and my gym here has notices on the machines along the lines of - at peak times you may be restricted to up to 20 mins on this machine. If it's a continuous problem and there isn't a similar policy I'd speak to a manager about it. If it's bugging you it's sure to be bugging others!
Also just to add I play squash and go to classes to exercise as well as a bit of Wii Fit/Your Shape on the Wii at home. I have no intention of going to any gym classes in January at all! Sticking to the squash for this month. Annoys me slightly that Jan is packed but it settles down by Feb.
On the same bat tend to up the exercise in December as the place is dead with all the Christmas nights out etc!