Last week, Joey called me from the Trainer Desk there. He asked why I no longer trained with them. My answer "I finished the program and can now train on my own." (I do still train with a trainer, just not through UA.) He told me that I still had 2 sessions left from my previous package and wanted to know if I could come use one of them to work out with him.
I'm fairly certain this was just a sales ploy. I figured that I had no sessions left, but he wanted to get me in so that he could try to sell me more sessions. I decided to go in anyway. I figured - why not get a free strength training session out of it?
|This was my philosophy, I suppose. You can change "no one ever" to "Mandy"|
|What everyone should do after a race....at least for one day.|
I got there early, warmed up on the stair climber for 10 minutes (0.5 miles), stretched out, then got on the elliptical because I was still early. My knees were tender both yesterday and the day before (from the half), so I did not increase the length of time on the stair climber this session.
I went over to the trainer desk and told them who I was. He wasn't quite ready for me yet, said he wanted to set up some equipment. Without knowing ANYTHING about my physical capabilities or any potential injuries.
I stopped him to tell him about my knee issues. Most of you know that I developed patellar tendonitis from over-training in bad conditions a few months ago. I told him about this injury and that my knees have been a little tender since the half marathon, so we would need to be careful of my knees. He nodded like he understood, but in hindsight, he probably wasn't even listening.
The first exercise was a full body workout - a step up onto an exercise bench with a shoulder press. Great for sore knees. (And if you believe that....). Did this to both sides. Next exercise, one arm plank with the one arm on the black side of the bosu ball. While doing that, row in a 10 lb dumbbell with the opposite arm, then turn and press it above your head. All holding the plank. This hurt the arches of my feet. I mentioned that at one point, and he either didn't hear me, or ignored it. I modified the exercise to be flat footed. He stopped me and said I was actually making the exercise harder. I told him that made it easier for me, but whatever. After this exercise, he stared at me and said "You trained with someone for a year??? Because your core is pretty horrible if you did."
I stared at him at said "I just gave birth 8 months ago, I know my core isn't where it should be yet." He responded with - Oh I didn't know that, you didn't tell me that.
Um. Isn't that why you should talk about workout/physical history first?
He started me doing a squat chest press with the chain pulleys. Afterwards, he was just staring at me. I now envision it as - he was staring at my fat.
He said: "You ran a half marathon on Saturday?" in a very incredulous voice. I was very tempted to actually suggest he pull up the online Cap City results, instead I merely said "yes". He asked me why I run half marathons. Because I like them, I like having goals, it helps motivate me, etc.
He said it's good to have goals, but....and began "explaining to me" how much pounding there is in running and how much stress and pounding it puts on your body. He said, "People that are not anywhere near their ideal body weight really shouldn't be running. That's probably why your knees hurt."
I was shell-shocked and speechless. This is not a common occurrence for me. I think he kept talking about not running while overweight, but I stopped listening.
And then I did what I have previously only ever done because my water broke during the workout....I walked out. I told him, I'm done with this and walked away. I'm embarrassed to say that my eyes started leaking as well.
He tried to follow me and started saying "if there is anything I said that offended you," but I just told him to back off and that he didn't know anything about me.
|Something to keep in mind if I see him again.|
On the way out of the gym, I filed a complaint on Joey. (They have already called me about it). I admit, on the way home, I called Sarah and cried to her about it. I kept saying "I shouldn't let this get to me."
But. I did.
I get that I am overweight. I'm working on it every day. I don't like being overweight. In fact, I'm positive that I am overly sensitive about it and it is a big gaping hole in my otherwise healthy self esteem. Nonetheless, I can't sit on my butt and not exercise because my body is too fat to work out. That doesn't seem helpful in the slightest. My sports doctor and physical therapist didn't even hint that I shouldn't be running at my weight or that my knee issue was in any way weight related.
|Take that trainer dude!|
It blows my mind that this is someone the gym hires to motivate people and encourage them in workouts. Then again, now that I'm tear free, I am motivated to prove myself to myself. I'm already making mental plans to push harder in my strength training sessions and find ways to add in more core work. Hmm...maybe he is good at his job?
Thank you for "listening" to me vent!
What would you have done in a situation like this?