Why did I sign up for personal training?
You guys remember the drama from last October with my group Fitness manager right? So, during that post I said over and over that even though the GFM was a jerk, I really loved my personal trainer.
The first session was fantastic, We did boxing, and he was very nice while being super tough at the same time. The next time I went to train with him he wasn’t so nice. You see, when you train with a PT in my gym you have to sign in via computer because the session is in addition to your monthly gym fee. However, this time when I went to train he said my card wasn’t working.
I had forgotten to update my debit card to the new one BoFA issued after some hack into the system. Unfortunately that day the customer service for the gym (because that’s the ONLY way I could pay) was very busy and had me on hold for almost 30 minutes!
So instead of simply saying “let’s work out and we will figure this out later” he made me wait on that phone and even when I was done the systems wouldn’t be updated for another few days. So now, I’ve wasted 45 minutes of my lunch break with nothing to show for it.
Fast forward to next month when I see him right before Christmas and he asks me when I am going to schedule my session… I told him we would be in touch. His reaction?
“You have to want it, I can’t want it for you”
Do you know how much it took to pause for a whole 15 seconds and say “Merry Christmas” in response? (That whole energy mantra in effect!)
I had another session with him earlier this week. He immediately gives me crap for being 10 minutes late. As if I had been twiddling my thumbs waiting for our lunchtime session. I was working!
He told me what to do while he checked his instagram and email. He took 10 minute phone calls. He had minimum of ten people come by and “chat” with him. He booked appointments. He even discussed what tattoos he should get with another trainer. For a whole hour–WHILE he was supposed to me training ME!
And the kicker? At the end he tells me:
“Now this is a real workout, what you do here on your own is nothing”.
Here’s the thing: I’ve had one personal trainer in my lifetime… Way back in the day when I lost close to 50 lbs for my wedding day. He was sweet, fun, friendly, encouraging and he knew that I wanted to be the prettiest and fittest bride. He was tough, but I looked forward to my sessions with him. Even if he didn’t care, he made me believe that he did and that goes a long way for me! This guy…ugh. He is all about himself. No connection present whatsoever. I totally see that he has that with some of his clients but not me. I simply don’t think our personalities mesh at all.
I’m so over him. The good thing is that from all of his conversations with people (that I overheard while doing box jumps) it looks like he will be leaving the gym soon. So now all I have to do is wait him out and finish my contract elsewhere.
I don’t know if I’d ever hire a trainer again, but this experience didn’t make me want to get another one!