Thursday, April 26, 2007

Stirring the pot
Well, there is some funny stuff going on at the gym now that I'm working out with my friend. A couple of days ago when we had our first workout, apparently the fitness manager, the sales manager & every single trainer working there had a million questions to ask Bill. Mainly, "Is your wife training here now?" I'm not contracted through the gym & working out with my friend is Kosher, because there is no exchange of money & I'm working out with her at the same time. So, I'm not breaking any "rules". But the training staff is scared stiff that I'm going to start taking their business.

This afternoon my friend & I had our second workout. As we were sitting on the mats, stretching out & talking, one of the trainers who happens to be friends with Bill came up to us. "Are you training?", he asked. "We're working out together & helping each other out", I replied. "Oh, OK. Bill talked to you about the other day, right?", he questioned. "Yeah. And you know...I am a trainer. I'm going to workout like a trainer. Just because I'm not contracted through the gym, it doesn't mean I'm going to 'forget' how to workout". He was satisfied with that, smiled & walked away. Then I had to be a smart ass. "You know though. If I was training, I would be scared if I were you". I forgot that I get cocky like that in the gym & it just came out. As a woman in the gym though, you have to hold your own. Otherwise, it's not pretty.

So, my friend & I workout & laugh about what's going on. We see the fitness manager watching us like hawks & snicker. My friend tells me that another trainer is giving us "looks". We snicker some more. Between laughing & actually doing our ab exercises, we should have six pack abs in no time.

I think it's just funny that they're so worried. Am I really that much of a threat? I guess it's pretty flattering, seeing as though we've only worked out once & they're all nervous about it. I've seen the way the other trainers work their clients out & I've read each of their profiles on the wall that lists their qualifications. I'll refrain from making another arrogant comment.

7 comments:

Alissa said...

Too funny. You have them running scared.

Perhaps you and Bill should start your own fitness center--he could run it and you could do training.

Lizzy said...

I'm with Alissa--you and Bill should start your own center, you'll do so well!

erica said...

I guess I'm lost on this post... What difference does it make where you work out? What difference does it make if you're a trainer? And if you were actually "training" this friend, what's the difference if you do it at Bill's gym, or another one?

(Sorry, I just don't understand the fuss they're making?)

Kristin said...

I try to talk to Bill about opening our own gym all of the time. He's not really a risk taker & doing this would be taking a HUGE risk. But,I keep talking....

Erica-
One of the ways trainers get their business is from other gym members watching them train their clients. If a members watches a great trainer for a while, they usually stop & ask to train with them, or start asking for tips.

The gym atmosphere is very territorial & people get protective about their turf.

erica said...

Ahhh I see! Ok now it all makes sense. Strange to me but makes sense all the same.

stefanierj said...

I don't think it's arrogance if it's actually true. :) And I am 125 lbs of proof that you really ARE that good.

Wendy said...

Doesn't it feel good to be feared:)