Oh dear. That's the nice version of what I was actually thinking when I showed up at the gym this past Monday and saw more people than I have since, well, last year at this time. What's funny is how people try to create their own little workout spaces while completely ticking everyone else off. For example, one guy dragged a hundred or so dumbbells to a weight bench, creating a little circle around himself like a little boundary to keep the masses away. No, you could not use those 12-lb dumbbells because he was going to use them very soon. The 15s? Sorry, he's going to use those too.
Another woman was on a treadmill, but she put her water bottle and towel on the elliptical trainer next to her, telling anyone who asked that she was saving it for a friend (which, in many gyms, would be considered illegal). Of course, she was really saving it for herself, something I realized when she switched over after 20 or so minutes.
There are ways to deal with a crowded gym - Going at strange hours, working out at home for a while or confronting the weight-hogger or the elliptical-saver, which I don't really recommend.
Another idea? Have a go-to crowded gym workout so you never have to worry about getting in a good workout. One idea? This Crowded Gym Circuit Workout, which I created last year when dealing with, well, a crowded January gym.
This circuit workout involves using a jump rope, a mat and a few sets of weights, although you can always substitute other activities or equipment. My gym, for example, has a track so I often alternate jumping rope and running around the track, just for fun. I like this workout because it works the entire body, includes small bursts of cardio and can be done in a small area with no waiting involved.
What do you do when the gym is crowded? Leave a comment and tell us how you workout in a crowded gym.