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Fitness Poll: Waiting for Cardio Machines at Your Gym

Do You Have to Wait to Use Cardio Machines at Your Gym?

Since the New Year, my gym has been pretty packed. If I go during popular times of the day, before or after work, or lunchtime, I often have to wait until someone gets off the treadmill or elliptical in order to use it. When I finally do get on a machine, I hate that other people are standing around waiting for me to get off. While, I think it is great that so many people are living up to their resolutions, I prefer a less crowded workout scene. Tell me, does this happen to you?


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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
My gym has 4 treadclimbers and there is ALWAYS a queue for them! People tend to do 20-30 mins on them so a line builds up. ;) I recently discovered the the "2x more effective than a treadmill!" promise is only relevant if you are WALKING on the treadmill! So now I just go on the treadmill and my body shape has changed a lot.
cryssyn cryssyn 8 years
It really just depends on what time I go to my gym. If I get to my favorite location before 5pm or after 9pm I can usually get a treadmill or eliptical immediately, but not necessarily the hours in between.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
I only go certain hours or days when i know it wont be crowded. i go to a pretty big gym and on mondays if i dont go between 2-7 its packed i have to wait, then i get frusterated, i hate the crowd and noise of the high schoolers that come in. all they do yip yip yip over and over. its annoying. i like to work out quietly without distractions. plus i hate it when someone is waiting behind me waiting. im not getting off sooner. but i go to that gym because i got reduced price at 10 instead of 20 a month.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
at my old gym in florida i had to wait ALL THE TIME and i hated that. now i very rarely have to wait. i've learned the best times to work out so that i don't have to wait and i don't have to feel rushed.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
This was one of the main reasons why I quit. Everybody goes to the gym after work and this just makes you want to leave. Not to mention when you have a visibly impatient person waiting for you to hurry up and get off a machine. A good reason to out in another mile. But still not an enjoyable time.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I don't belong to a gym...I do my exercise outside in the fresh air - no lines!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
luckily i have a lot of free time and can time my visits, so I've only had to wait twice. i use our city's multi-gen center and if I have to wait, it's usually only on winter visitors... go figure.
dayzfan4life01 dayzfan4life01 8 years
I rarely, rarely have to wait for a cardio machine at my gym, and only ever if it's during peak hours, like 4-5 pm.
GwenCaprica GwenCaprica 8 years
I've only joined the gym a couple of month ago, but only once I had to use the bike instead of the elliptical and that was on a sunday aftertoon ;) besides that it's a pretty cool gym with LOTS of equipement stuffed in it.
pinksugar88 pinksugar88 8 years
I don't usually have to wait since I also schedule my gym time to avoid the peak hours of 430-7 PM. When I used to work full-time during the summer, and I'd get to the gym for 530, the gym was packed (my gym is pretty small.. the cardio section has only 6-7 treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes each and only 2 stairclimbers).
tigrelis tigrelis 8 years
I work my schedule around to make sure I go at the emptier times. Otherwise, it's very discouraging to make the trek to the gym only to have to wait around for a machine, and I'm less likely to make the long trek again..
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've never had to wait, but my gym's always pretty empty. Even during the busiest time, which is after work, there's almost always at least one elliptical and one or two treadmills and a bike free. Most of the time, I go during my lunch break and it's never crowded then.
jessie jessie 8 years
i think i've only had to wait one time for a treadmill...and we have around 15 of them at the gym. otherwise there is always some kind of cardio machine open. i'm not picky..if one is not open something else always is.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I can usually get on if I go in the morning, but after work every machine will be packed. It's such a struggle to decide how to handle it, too — like, if an elliptical frees up, but what I really want to do is bike, do I get on the elliptical just to be doing something or sit and wait another 15 minutes for a bike? So frustrating! So at this point, if I can't go in the morning, I'll run outside instead.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
Depends on when I go. It's a university gym and it's usually packed around 8am, 12am and 5-7pm, which means waiting. (Which is why I started carrying jump rope with me, to warm up when all the machines are in use.) At other times it's usually pretty empty.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
Most of my waiting comes from having to adhere to the sign ups. Makes it a pain to get to the gym at 6:05 to have to wait for the 6:15 treadmill. Sometimes I just wanna get on and go but I know that thats not always possible. I love my gym but so does everyone else and it's usually pretty crowded, especially on Mondays during peak hours.
depeche3 depeche3 8 years
Theres never a day that I am not waiting for a machine... At my gym some of the machines are broken so people are always fighting for any of the working machines.... it just makes me want to go back home.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
like doogirl, my gym in a small town is never packed and i reallllly appreciate that!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I never have to wait at my gym for anything, but it's a big gym and I live in a fairly small town, it's not a problem.
hannahc hannahc 8 years
I don't always get the machine I want, but there are over 100 cardio machines at my gym so there's always something open. I'm usually only interested in the treadmill or arc trainer, and if one is full the other will do just fine.
syako syako 8 years
I never had to before. Last week I needed a treadmill and they were all taken. I hopped on an elliptical instead and within 10 minutes a treadmill was free. No biggie.
Askimoli Askimoli 8 years
I usually get to the gym at 5am, when my gym opens, so I never have a problem.
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
No thank god, not even at peak times. The pool gets quite busy however.
mswender mswender 8 years
I am in Grad school and use the school gym which is nice and relatively new and I never have to wait for a machine, though i just started going a little while ago and haven't gotten the hang of all the machines yet, but I am loving it!
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