Originally Posted by conceptionist
Why can't you share?
I literally can't understand why you would not.
"My workout isn't more important than theirs, and vice versa."
That's exactly the reason why you should share. By denying someone to share equipment with you, you're basically saying that your time/"privacy"/whatever is more worth than their time and ability to fulfill their workout.
It's ridiculous to hog equipment for yourself unless it's a very specific situation, such as you being on a completely different level strength wise or if you are using the equipment for drastically different exercises that require a lot of adjustments for you to share.
Are you on some kind of workout routine that forces a strict progression that you absolutely can't deviate from? To the point that you have to ask how many sets someone has left just because you have to, say, bench press right then and now on that particular equipment? And someone's clearly working at the bench, not fucking around or hanging out or shooting the shit with buddies or texting or something? Why would you try to break in instead of doing one of the literally dozen other chest exercises you could do while you're waiting?
I understand if your gym is incredibly small and you've got limited equipment to work with. In larger gyms it's just rude. My gym has six flat benches with barbells and twice as many flat benches for dumbbell presses, plus chest machines and related. Asking how many sets someone has left in that situation is just asshole. Just wait a few minutes and something will open up.
Awhile back I was working legs one Saturday morning. Hamstring curls in a gym maybe 25% full of people. Every hamstring machine is open except the one I'm actually using. Asshole lady comes up to ask me how many sets I've got left and I'm looking at her like she's fucking crazy. I just told her 5 sets and slow rolled it. Asking me how many sets I’ve got left when every other hamstring exercise option is completely free is just being an asshole for no reason.
My point is, in most circumstances it's a dick move to ask how many sets someone has left when one could just wait a bit for something to open up.