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Do You Always Use the Same Machine at the Gym?

I think it's a no brainer that the treadmill and elliptical are the most popular machines at the gym. They are usually more treadmills and ellipticals than other machines and they're the only ones I ever see people waiting in line for. I'll even admit that I have a tendency to always book it to the treadmill.

Not too long ago I went to the gym and there was a huge line for the treadmill. In an effort to save time I used the rowing machine instead. I was surprised that more people weren't going to other open machines like the stationary bikes or stair climber.

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I only use the treadmill at my apartment gym because it's the only one I can use comfortably. I left an elliptical at my parents house because I didn't have room for it on the moving truck, but even when I was living there, I didn't use it much because it hurt my knees. I typically work out on the treadmill, with 5 pound weights (arms and squats), and with my own body (pilates, ab workouts, dancing, etc). I have workout bands (for legs and arms), but I rarely use them.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Funny you bring this up! I am so known for using the same machine, everyone at the gym made a sign and stuck it on the machine for me... the machine will forever be mine! ha ha!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I mix it up...sometimes I use the elliptical, sometimes the stationary bike, or if everything is taken I'll try to grab a treadmill. I hate the recumbent bikes, though...I never feel like I'm working hard enough when I use those.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I don't belong to a gym, but when I get the chance to use machines at someplace like a hotel gym I'll use the stair master or sometimes the elliptical. At home it's all treadmill, all the time.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 7 years
i always use the treadmill. i tried the eliptical but its not for me
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
I'll use pretty much anything. My gym is tiny (it's one just for the people living in my building), so it's busy at peak times. Usually I don't go down there then, but if I do, I'll use something that's free (nobody uses the stair machines or the rowers but me, I think!) or do my strength training while I wait. Or I just got back home and pop in a workout DVD. It's good to change it up from time to time.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
There is one machine I'm particularly attached to, but I won't wait in a line for it or anything. It does make me a little cranky when I have to use it's tv-less twin though.
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 7 years
There are some machines where the volume on the attached TV fades in and out, etc. so I do go for ones I know from experience operate well.
jkat jkat 7 years
I usually do either the treadmill, the arc traniner, or the elliptical (either with or without the moving arms). Sometimes I do a little bit on all of them. So I have a few in my rotation, but I should probably add the stairmill. I hate it, so that probably means I should be doing more of it ;-). I am not a fan of the stationary bike. I don't feel like I get a very good work out when I do it on my own. Spinning is an entirely different story though. My legs are like jello when I leave that class.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I have the one machine (not only type of machine, but location/number -- the ACTUAL machine) I love to use at the gym, but if it isn't available I will typically try something else or do my weights/toning at that time instead of after my cardio.
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