Gym etiquette question - I was in the weight room of my gym and a girl was on a machine for at least 15 min, most if which time she was just sitting on her phone. I did the rest of my workout and politely asked if she was still using it because I could see that she was just sitting. She said no so I said no worries, I’ll wait until she was done. Stood a few feet away and was scrolling on my phone. She started yelling at me that I was hovering and needed me leave. Was I somehow in the wrong?

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If it went how you describe, you were not in the wrong, she’s just being extra.

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One of my pet peeves having someone sit on a machine. Not proper gym etiquette. I don't think you did anything wrong at all.

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As long as you weren’t on top of her or the whole gym wasn’t empty except you two then sounds like she was being weird

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No the gym was packed, and I was at least 3 ft away from her. I’ve had people wait wayyy closer and never said a thing.

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Haha thank you all. It made me feel a little crazy in the moment. I’m not a confrontational person and the whole thing just took me aback. She’s at the gym basically every time I go and given how aggressive she was I’m actually nervous to see her again as silly as that sounds.

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If you see her again, just make eye contact and aggressively point to your wristwatch. Assert your dominance.

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I’m surprised no one mentioned it but many women, including myself, can feel uncomfortable when men stand close by and watch us, it can feel triggering, especially if we had bad experiences in the past. She was probably trying to stand up for herself and set a boundary (even though she should have given you the machine). Give her more space next time you see her, I’m sure she won’t yell again.

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C1 what are you talking about? Just take the L

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Nah you’re in the right. She’s crazy

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Next time you’re there go immediately to that machine and ask her how many more sets she’s doing. When she responds, say “ok so like 5 more minutes” so it’s in her mind you’re trying to use it soon. Then go off and do other exercises

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I hate when people just sit on a machine. I can finish a whole circuit by the time some people get in a set.

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