Man's Viral Response to Fitness Influencer Sparks Gym Etiquette Debate

A fitness coach under the name Joey Swoll recently went viral for calling out influencer Xandra (@xandrafittt), who said her "biggest gym pet peeve" is being asked how many sets she has left in a workout by gym-goers waiting to use her equipment.

Swoll's response has already amassed nearly 2 million views and over 327,000 likes since being posted on TikTok on Thursday. It has also sparked a debate about gym etiquette.

The video opens with a screen recording of Xandra's now-deleted video. In that recording, Xandra can be seen setting up her station when she is approached by a man off-camera who asks: "How many more sets you got left?"

The two talk for a moment before the man presumably walks away, allowing Xandra to resume her workout.

"My biggest pet peeve," she wrote in her video's text overlay. In her post's caption, she added: "Just don't do it."

Swoll then appears on screen to defend the man in Xandra's video, who he said "did nothing wrong."

"This man did nothing wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with somebody asking you, politely, how many sets you have left," said Swoll. "He didn't deserve your smirk, he didn't deserve your attitude and he definitely didn't deserve to be posted on your social media as an example of what bad gym etiquette is.

"The only bad gym etiquette here is you," Swoll continued. "It's a shared gym—you do not own it."

In his caption, he wrote: "Treat others in the gym with kindness and respect or stay home."

"Machine hogging" is reportedly a major pet peeve for many gym-goers, according to Men's Health. With that in mind, Brenda Abdilla, a consultant for the health club industry, told Real Simple that it's OK to "nudge" a person along by asking them if they're close to finishing up their workout, Newsweek previously reported.

If machine hogging becomes a "chronic" problem, Abdilla explained that it's best to speak to a manager about potentially creating a scheduling system.

It's not clear if Xandra was "hogging" the equipment in her video. Regardless, many viewers thought Xandra was wrong to be upset with the man for wanting to know how much longer her workout would take.

"He was genuinely polite about it and she was h**la pressed for no reason. Society these days," wrote Nicholas AA3.

"Excuse me, he has all the right to ask. If she doesn't want people to ask she can get a home gym," said lois_loislife.

"If somebody is hogging a machine so that they can take vids, it's super appropriate to ask how long they'll take. I'm planning a workout lol," added chrisbeckendorf8.

Others, however, said that Xandra had every right to be annoyed.

"I would've waited until she finished. I would personally prefer if someone didn't interrupt me entering/during a set. Just courtesy," commented Keith Vega.

"I mean she was about to start her set [though] he could've waited," said Jacob.

Hoeseph added: "I do this all the time and I agree with what you're saying, but he asked her when she had already started her set so I'm with her on this one."

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A fitness coach under the name Joey Swoll recently went viral for calling out influencer Xandra (@xandrafittt), who said her “biggest gym pet peeve” is being asked how many sets she has left in a workout by gym-goers waiting to use her equipment. In his response, Swoll said, "Treat others in the gym with kindness and respect or stay home." Pongtep Chithan/istock