Last week I was at the gym and working out on a machine when a fellow gym-goer approached me to ask if he could cut in on my workout. When I told him, “I only have one set left,” he got offended. Was I in the wrong? I only had one set left and was actively working out, not just sitting on the equipment to take a break. What is the etiquette for machine usage at the gym? – Confused Cardio-Cruncher
Dear Confused Cardio-Cruncher:
No, you were not in the wrong. If you are actively working out on a machine, and not resting, it is perfectly acceptable for the next person to wait their turn. When it comes to gym etiquette, it’s best to use your instinct. For instance, if you’re focusing on pull-ups and spending 85% of your workout time on the pull-up bar, be conscious of others who may want to cut in just for a simple 10-rep session. If you are using the machine for a moment then you have every right to man your ground.
Many people can be territorial about workout equipment at the gym. Remember to always be courteous and to share, and you should be just fine!