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skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Well, that was a horrific experience.
One of our new benefits with Symantec is a $23 a month credit for joining a gym. The closest one to my apartment is a 24-hour fitness, so I figured I'd join. The $23 doesn't quite cover the costs, but I've been wanting to join a gym for a while.

I went in a week ago and discovered I had to fill out a form to even talk to someone about joining. I grumbled, but filled it out anyway. The guy who I talked to was annoying and pushy. I finally got him to give me prices, then I left. Since the whole deal closed on Monday, I went back in yesterday morning to pay the 'initiation fee' and such and join.

While I was there, they said they'd throw in a free session with a personal trainer. Well, okay, what the heck. We make an appointment for 9am this morning.

I got there at 8:45, and wandered around a bit looking at machines. I was waiting for her at the front desk at 9. I was still waiting there when she finally showed up at 9:15. Then she wants me to fill in another form. Well, okay, I don't mind giving them my name and address and such _again_, I guess. Then I got to the section about my goals.

"I'd rather skip this."
"But it's important to have goals!"
"My goal is to get here, 3 mornings a week, for the next 6 months."
"But you need to have specific goals!"

She dragged me, kicking and complaining, through the goals section. Things like how long have you been working out, how does it make you feel, what made you show up now (and she wasn't going to take, "Because my company is paying for it" as an answer).

I survived that part. Then she flips the form over. Height, weight, resting pulse, measurements, with lots of columns to update it. I gritted my teeth and let her take my pulse. I tried to tell her my weight - but, no, we had to go to the scale. Then she gets out the tape measure.

"I'd rather skip this."
"But it's confidential!"
"It doesn't matter. I'm not interested."
"But it's important!"
"You know, I didn't ask for this. I'm perfectly capable of setting, scheduling, and measuring my own goals."
"We can reschedule."
"No."

And I walked out.

Maybe I was too hard on her. Okay, most likely I was too hard on her. All I wanted was a quick tour and an introduction to a handful of machines, maybe a quick discussion of the classes they offer - not a discussion of my Feelings and my Goals.

*sigh* I am really terrible at this "being a human" thing.

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jblaque From: jblaque Date: January 11th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
All this is well & good, but I would like to hear more about your Feelings and your Goals.

C'mon, it's important.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 11th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you can hear about my Feelings, or you can have that nude picture you've been bugging me for. Which would you like?
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 11th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, too pushy. She should have let go. I think most of those gym rats are just that.....

I was on the bench press last week, and a trainer came by and said "you're grip is wrong". I looked up and said "I'm sorry, I missed the part where I asked for your input". Shocked the bejeezus out of him! He sulked off....

Chuck
rattleback From: rattleback Date: January 11th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You were being a human; she was being a fee-seeking missile.

I get the impression that the modal personal trainer is ambitious and enthusiastic but maybe not the heaviest weight on the rack mentally, so they resort to these techniques they learned (or half-learned) in workshops and the like - partly to reassure themselves that they're Professionals, partly to FUD you into signing up with them. I doubt their rationale is actually as bald as that, but still.

Now that you've evaded your personal trainer, the next obstacle is evading everyone else's: if your gym is like mine, they take up huge amounts of floor space, express way too much chirpiness for 6:30am, and are always cruising for more clientele. Don't let that stop you though. I've finally gotten into the habit and really do feel better for it, even if I sometime feel like the brain's about to be sucked from my skull.

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 11th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hoping my iPod will help with that. It seems reasonable to ignore someone who talks to you when you have earphones on....
bebo_65 From: bebo_65 Date: January 12th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
The iPod is truly a miracle. I don't go grocery shopping without it!
bebo_65 From: bebo_65 Date: January 11th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would have really, seriously pissed me off.

I don't think you were a "bad human". Good for you for not letting her pressure you into doing something you weren't comfortable with.

Now, can we discuss your feelings and goals?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 11th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the icon. :)
bebo_65 From: bebo_65 Date: January 12th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. Thanks. That's my hubby on Christmas morning. That sticker was originally on a pair of socks before it was moved to his crotch.
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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 11th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I only walked out on the trainer. I'd already joined, and I'll probably keep the membership - I like the place, I just didn't like her.

I looked at a bunch of other places. Bally's were just as bad, and there's not one close to me. The non-chain places around were all either so packed that you couldn't get a machine at the times I wanted to be there, or more expensive then I wanted to pay.

Luckily, I have a bank that's really good about helping me get out of this sort of thing, if I have problems when the time comes to cancel.
From: robnorth Date: January 11th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not to excuse the trainer's lateness and pushiness, but.... The biggest reason people drop out of regular fitness (other than just sheer laziness) is because they don't see results fast enough. They see ads on TV or shows like "The Biggest Loser" and think "OMG I didn't lose 20 lbs. in my first week WTF I'm never coming back OMGWTFBBQ!!!!"

But with an accurate set of measurements on file, it's easier to see that some progress is being made. Esp. since any muscle-building work will (at first) not show any weight loss and might show a weight gain (since muscle is denser than fat). But the measurements will often show a difference.

So the insistence on measuring everything and using their scale (which is likely way more accurate than the $10 Wal-mart job in your bathroom) is both for your benefit (actually seeing numbers go down on a chart is very gratifying) and for theirs (if you see results, you'll keep doing it, and of course keep paying). But it's a shame the trainer dealt with it so poorly. It sounds like she needs a serious tact transplant.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 11th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mean that half an hour on the elliptical a few times a week isn't going to turn me into a topless dancer in 3 months?

I am realistic, and I actually have software that tracks measurements and weight, with all the cool graphs you could want.

Plus, I have that pair of thin jeans that doesn't quite fit yet. :)
From: robnorth Date: January 12th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mean that half an hour on the elliptical a few times a week isn't going to turn me into a topless dancer in 3 months?

Life's a bitch, ain'it? ;)

I am realistic, and I actually have software that tracks measurements and weight, with all the cool graphs you could want.

And for every one of you, there are 99 other sheeple out there who can't think their way out of a wet paper bag. Ms. Pushy-Pants was probably making the usually-safe assumption that you were one of the 99.

Sigh. Here I sit, with almost 1000 calories of post-lunch snack going down my gullet.... At least I know my problem is pure sloth. But the new renovated gym here at my workplace is opening next week, and I'll start going religiously. Honest!
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 12th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, as one who goes to the gym (not often enough, and I *really* paid for not going for all of December when I went back last week), some random thoughts:

* Do they do a circuit training class there? I go to one here, it's 12 stations, 6 cardio and 6 resistance and lasts an hour (3 minutes per station + a cool down stretching thing at the end). It's good, people of all shapes and sizes go. But what makes it good is the person who runs the class. I have difficulty just going down and doing exercise by myself (except for my bicycle, which I often prefer to go alone), and I find doing the class helps.

3 times a week is a pretty good frequency, and you won't feel like it half the time but you just have to force yourself to go. I find if I really knacker myself out, paradoxically I feel so much more energetic for the next few hours. Of course, I go in the evenings, so most of that energy is wasted on the subsequent visit to the pub :-)

Our circuit training trainer always points out that it's not weight per-se that you're looking at, but body composition and fitness level.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 12th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
They have a circuit, although it's closer to half an hour then an hour. The plan is to do the circuit and some cardio 3 days a week, with just cardio the other two days, then take weekends off entirely (because I'm never home anyway).

I've actually been keeping an exercise/diet log on and off for a while - you can see it at mylosingbattle.
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