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toastedsmoke
09-30-2010, 01:11 PM
Ok so at the end of last month I finished C25K and committed to trying to improve my 5k times. I did the program on the treadmill in this tiny workout room where I live (that also has a stair climber and a few weights). However, the treadmill is broken now (and yet to be fixed). The workout room was perfect because no one was ever there and I had absolute privacy.

Yes, I hate to work out in public because I feel people are like thinking "run, fat girl, run" whether or not they actually are or aren't. I'm really self-conscious about it. So I didn't run for a week and just did workout videos instead. I started to get nervous that I'd lose whatever running ability I'd gained (because it was HARD to get to the point I could actually run 5k- even slowly!), so I bit the bullet and this week went for the first time to the snazzy, shiny gym I'm a member of through work.

On Tuesday, I had the best work out day. I found out that I had shaved 4 minutes of my previous 5k best time, and that after running 5k, i no longer felt like dying- in fact, I could have done more. NSV, right? I meant to go yesterday (Wednesday) as well, but couldn't and so made sure to go today.

And now to the point of my post: So there I am today, finishing my 5k run (1 minute faster than on Tuesday, thank you very much!) and getting off the treadmill and then I'm stretching before I get on the elliptical when this gym lady, (I guess she's a personal trainer or something because she shows you how to use the machines etc) sidles up to me and says "I saw you running, at your weight, for safety reasons, a brief, brisk walk is better, and will give you as much of a calorie burn." Let me tell you, I have never fallen off a high so fast. I was just like thinking "no matter how fit I get, I'm always going to be the fat cow who should keep it low impact" and then I got to thinking "does she mean my safety, or the safety of the gym's equiptment, maybe she was worried for the treadmill." :?::(

Anyway, I said to her that actually I was running for the distance as in training for a race before she was like "oh ok," but you could totally tell she wasn't comfortable with the fat girl running (on her precious gym's treadmill). I've been kind of depressed since then. I know I should brush it off but I think I crashed so hard (from what she said) from the high of doing my 5k PB so far, that it's hard to pick myself back up. I still got on the elliptical afterwards but my heart was no longer in it so I only did 15ish minutes.

I really don't feel like going back. I really liked the gym otherwise, I did my own thing and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. But after today, I feel totally judged because I did nothing to make her think I was about to die or hurt myself, my HR at the end of the 5k (166) was within my target fat-burning zone (146-175), I was hardly bent over huffing and puffing, I even did a brisk walk afterwards; so basically it's that I'm obviously visibly fat and horribly unfit-looking to the point of why bother to do more than a 5-minute stroll. This is exactly why I hate working out in public!


SnowboundChick
09-30-2010, 01:22 PM
What a #$*#^$*&#^!!! I'm sorry but she had no right or reason to do that besides being mean. I would report her to the manager! She's probably trying to get business from you in a round about way or something. That just makes me mad!

junebug41
09-30-2010, 01:26 PM
Wow. I don't know what to say. Frankly, I think the guys that use the elliptical at the lowest setting and then go so fast there's practically smoke coming off the back are a danger to the equipment, but that's honestly not for anyone to say. It's there to be used and it doesn't matter how big the person is who's using it.

I'm sorry she said that to you and I hope you are able to move on from it. The thing that popped out from your entire post was the part about shaving 4 minutes off your 5k! That's awesome! Try to focus on your accomplishments and let the downers fall by the wayside.


Loving Me
09-30-2010, 01:27 PM
I would report her as well, no question.
I have had nothing but positive praise and encouragement from all the members of staff at my gym. For her to be telling you you're better not to run at your weight is totally out of order. I am positive that there are men who will be using the same equipment who will weigh more than you. And as a fitness instructor she should be encouraging of what you are doing, not insulting.
Sending you lots of hugs your way, what you are doing is very hard but amazing, I know because I did it myself at the beginning of the year and am now up to running 7k. You deserve to be so proud of yourself and on that high.
Seriously again though, please report her to her senior, she needs a very quick attitude adjustment, and I'd LOVE to be there when it happens.

cherbear
09-30-2010, 01:31 PM
I agree with Donna, report her! What a nasty woman! I don't like gyms, but that just because I don't like running on treadmills, so I run on the street. I started when I was at the same point as you and I'm doing a half-marathon next week.

You keep running, and don't let that horrible person stop you! Don't let her take away from you what you've accomplished!

I'm so sorry it happend, but don't let that define you. You're doing great, keep going!

fitkristi
09-30-2010, 01:32 PM
I would say something too - I ran on my YMCA's treadmills at 300lbs and no one blinked a eye.

beerab
09-30-2010, 01:32 PM
I have to agree- I would have complained about her- UNLESS you looked like you were in pain or about to fall off (which it sounds like you weren't) she has no right to come up to you like that. And I would have told her that as well. Something like "excuse me, who the **** are you again? How dare you talk to me that way, where is your manager?"

Jillian Michaels always preaches how she has 300 lbs people running and doing jumping jacks! If you aren't in pain then you aren't doing anything wrong. Some "trainer" that lady is!

I'd tell them you want to cancel your membership because of rude employees lol- man I'd have made such a stink they probably would have given me free training lessons or shaved off a bit of my membership fee lol.

Oh and congratulations on your run time! That's amazing! I suck at running lol.

kateleestar
09-30-2010, 01:34 PM
I would report her to the management of the gym. Not only should she be offering advice to HELP you, she should be doing EVERYTHING to make your work out time there the best it can be. I'm all about customer service, and since you (I'm guessing) bought the membership to that gym, and she is an employee, you are her customer and she SUCKED AT IT.

Go report her, and just say that it made you feel uncomfortable. You did AWESOME and shouldnt have to feel anything negative!!

dudesmom
09-30-2010, 01:37 PM
OMG, I'm so sorry that that happened to you! I agree that you should say something to the manager seeing as how the lady has no idea of your training or ability. It seems like you are very aware of what you are doing, and I think if you were a jerk like her, you could have very easily made her feel like an a** by telling her you've been training, that you're working within your target heart rate, and that you've actually improved your 5k time. Please don't let one idiot ruin this for you, you're doing so great! (And I completely empathize with you about not wanting to work out in public, I run in my kitchen because I'm too self conscious to run outside yet!)

Eliana
09-30-2010, 01:54 PM
What kind of cheap-arse is at your gym that it can't withstand your weight? Sheesh! It wasn't about the equipment. I don't know what it WAS about, but not that.

How rude! I am just so saddened that happened to you! I am such a fitness nut and I wouldn't have gotten there if something like that had happened to me.

I don't know about you, and it's not the best advice at all, but if that had happened to me I'd flee to another gym. :( Please don't give up or lose your enthusiasm for such an amazing accomplishment as running! We all know how hard you must have worked to be able to complete a 5K! I know I do!

toastedsmoke
09-30-2010, 02:19 PM
Thanks so much everyone!!! Believe me, I had several equally mean responses running in my mind to say to her but I just felt so crushed, none of them would have come out right.

I've had this gym membership all year (since January) and this week was the 1st time I went to actually use it because I was nervous of this exact thing happening. I'm considering reporting her to the manager now, although I feel a little bad because it's kind of a ritzy gym (which I get cheaper through work) with a spoiled, ritzy (for here) membership so a customer complaint could easily get her fired, and although she made me feel bad, I don't really want anyone to be unemployed because of me. (My co-worker thinks I'm a sucker because I feel this way).

You guys are making me feel a lot better and more empowered to actually go back (which when I left, I thought NEVER AGAIN!) and keep plugging away to my goal (a sub-40min 5k, and then sub-35, and possibly some day sub-30???) Thanks sooooooo much for the support!!

shamrockin32
09-30-2010, 02:24 PM
Uh yeah, I'm a ***** so I would have gone as far as to have her fired. If she walks up to you with that kind of authority, you're obviously not the first person she's been a C-word to. I'd definitely have her job for that.

SCraver
09-30-2010, 02:29 PM
I gasped out loud when I read what she said. I agree with everyone - report her to the manager. She does not know you. She doesn't know your history or what you are capable of. She did not sit you down and go over your plan.

I have been running since I was over 230 lbs and I have never hurt a treamill or pavement or a balance ball or an elliptical... or my knees or my other joints. (I have, of course, made my muscles hurt!)

Don't give in to her awful comment. Get back on that treadmill and prove her wrong (which, really, you already have just by having already completed the C25K!!) AND a "brief, brisk walk" will NOT give you the same calorie burn. DUH. What kind of an idiot is this woman?? It is up to your DOCTOR to tell you that you shouldn't do something physical.

Sorry... I think I am starting to rant a little. I have been running and I have been enjoying it. It makes me feel good and it sounds like it was making you feel good too. It makes me angry to think of some @-hole trying to rob you of that. Please don't let her. Sign up for a 5k... most runners are nice! The ones that finish before you will cheer you on!

shannonmb
09-30-2010, 03:12 PM
What a bunch of bullcrap! There is no way you are anywhere near the weight limit of the treadmill if they are even half-way decent. That was obviously a person who is not very educated in her chosen field, if indeed she is a personal trainer. OBVIOUSLY people of all different sizes are at all different fitness levels, and if her ability to assess someone's fitness level stops at seeing how large they are, then she needs a remedial course or something. Geez, this made me so mad for you! :mad:

I think you are a sweet-hearted person for caring about this "quack" keeping her job, but at the same time, you probably should say something to management. They need to know that they have someone there who is not only flawed in her understanding of fitness, but actually insulting and degrading to their customers. There's no need to word it huffily, you could be very nice about it and just give them the facts -- then it is up to THEM if they want to take the time to get her up to speed on REALITY, or if they just want to wash their hands of her. It's not your problem or your fault that she doesn't know what she is talking about. You and your company are paying a pretty penny to go there and you should be surrounded with professionals who know their field. And it's also not your responsibility to 'save' others from her, but I'm sure you aren't the last person who she will make an unsolicited comment like that to. :mad:

xty
09-30-2010, 03:27 PM
I would have been mortified. And then I would have been irate!

I wouldnt just report her, Id go beyond that.

I would walk back in there, find that woman, ask her to escort me to her managers office - and let them both have it. Calmly. It is actually discriminatory, in addition to being beyond offensive. Unless any parameters are posted around max weight for a machine, that woman's opinion is meaningless and was unsolicited!

I would then write to the owner/director/whatever of the gym to notify them of the chat you had and the outcome. If the woman and the manager are apologetic, tell the owner that. If not, tell them that too.

And keep your head held high. That woman's comments are not about you - they are about her own ignorance. Kudos to you for doing a 5k at all, and super kudos for 1min improvement that is amazing!

Lnoelparis
09-30-2010, 03:48 PM
Awww...she is talking out of her @$$! The nerve of some people. I am sorry it popped your "exercise rush" bubble- you didn't fully get to enjoy it!

Please don't let one ignorant/hurtful comment from some insignificant yahoo keep you from benefiting! If you have a membership to that gym - use it to the MAX girl! I would definitely mention something to the manager and let them know that maybe she thought she was being helpful, but it was felt rude, it was unsolicited advice, and it made you very uncomfortable and that she stay away from you during your workouts from this point forward.

And if she came by again I would say:
"I see you coming towards me, because you are rude, for safety reasons, a brief, brisk walk away from me is better, and will give you a chance to keep me from kicking your @$$." :D

Keep up the great work out! I am doing C25K too and am struggling! :)

ChrissyBean
09-30-2010, 04:26 PM
If I were you, I'd still lodge a complaint. What she said to you was rude and discouraging--probably NOT what the gym wants to spread about their customers.

And...good for you. :) I can't run for sh*t. LOL It's *hard*.

VickieLou
09-30-2010, 04:37 PM
Maybe, it had to do with insurance if someone gets hurt. Or else she was afraid you would hurt yourself. She mentioned safety reasons. Maybe their insurance goes up if someone gets hurt? But I would think most gyms would have you sign something when you join. I'm not sure though. It would probably best to ask about this.

shamrockin32
09-30-2010, 05:09 PM
Yeah, I'd still definitely have her job. Unacceptable.

JayEll
09-30-2010, 06:02 PM
Now hold on a second. I have seen a number of people running at the gym who I thought shouldn't be. I haven't said anything to them, of course, but if I were a trainer or one of the staff, it would be my job to inform people that what they were doing might be dangerous. Obviously for you it is not, toastedsmoke, and you told her that, and she backed down. That's good!

But why are so many here looking to get her fired? I realize that people are sensitive about any comment that might indicate someone else thinks they are "too fat" to do something, but seriously? You want her fired?

toastedsmoke, if this person is a trainer or staff member, she might actually become a support for you, now that you've told her you've been training. If she's not part of the staff, then she was just a worried member who should have minded her own business. But no way should you quit! No way! Just let it go and go about your business.

Just my 2 cents...

Jay

ShylahEQ
09-30-2010, 06:09 PM
Jay posted what I was going to.

If it was me in this position, I'd take a bit to get myself back together mentally. Then I would plan on talking to this person the next time I see them. I would then tell them what they said and how it made me feel and fill them in on my background. They may have just been trying to be helpful and didn't realize how it sounded to you.

Help them in the process learn how to more tactfully approach a person in the same situation in the future. It might have been better for her to start the conversation saying she noticed your running and asking about your plan.

Sorry she brought you down, but remember YOU KNOW how awesome you are and what you did on that treadmill was. Keep it up!

PinkHoodie
09-30-2010, 06:12 PM
The thing is though, those gym treadmills are designed for like 250+ pounds people...I just think this lady was out of her place to say something. We all sign a wavier when we join a gym saying that we understand its our fault if we get hurt. THAT is why its apporpriate to say something...It would have been another thing too for them to pull you aside and say something more productive like "Are you feeling any pain when you run?" Instead of how she worded it.
Maybe you shouldn't tell the manager or anything about it, but what about talking to this girl yourself? Saying, "Hey for future reference, what you said to me the other day made it really hard for me to stay motivated." At least that way you aren't putting her job in jeporady, and you also need to realize this girl will say it TO SOMEONE ELSE. That reason alone would make me say something. I wouldn't want someone even heavier then me that was starting for the first time to get a talking to like that and give up...Esepcially if I had a way to stop it from happening.
I am so jealous you can run that long though. I started the C25K program and started experiencing a weird pain in my right leg so I can't run on the treadmill at the moment. So you are doing awesome!!!!!! :D

toastedsmoke
09-30-2010, 07:08 PM
You guys thanks so much for all the support and comments. I know the treadmills at my gym are the Nautilus Commercial 9-series so I looked it up online and it says up to 600lbs and 400lbs after 4mph. So maybe it wasn't the treadmill (or maybe the lady is not sure what 400lbs looks like and thinks it might be me. I'm definitely the fattest person I saw at the gym on Tuesday and today so, it's possible or maybe bcos the tmills are shiny and new (certainly the best I've ever been on- 100% creak free and so very stable) that she thinks i might break them, I dunno).

I've decided I'll go back tomorrow or Saturday to work out even though I feel a little shy/fat/self-conscious going back now to be honest. But ah well... the more confrontational me (that exists in my mind) wants to at least talk to the lady and let her know I was offended, but in reality I'll probably just blank her and say nothing. Maybe I'll put a generic something in the suggestions box about comments gym staff make to clients.

I did sign the waiver when I joined about their non-liability and they have signs everywhere reminding you that they're not liable for injuries etc. Also, I was not struggling at all. There was this normal weight guy 2 treadmills over from me who was powerwalking and then ran for literally a minute (maybe a minute and a half) and had to get off the treadmill totally to recover before he could continue with his powerwalk and no one approached him. I didn't even really think anything of it (although I guess apparently he shouldn't have been running or he should have been running slower although he looked like he'd be a fit person).

I think because I'm probably on the younger end of their clientele (most other members seem older although there were one or two teenagers there with their parents), that's why the lady felt comfortable enough to approach me with what she said. I feel a lot better though, although I still cringe when I think about that moment! (I need to grow a thicker skin or just not care what people think, I know, everyone tells me!) Thankfully, no one was near enough to hear! I'm too afraid of having to start over with running again to stop.

Again everyone, thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for all your advice and support and encouragement!

GirlyGirlSebas
09-30-2010, 07:33 PM
I have a somewhat different take on this whole situation. Maybe this trainer had good motives and was not concerned about equipment at all. Maybe she is just ignorant about larger people. If you ask most trainers....or doctors...they do believe that running at our heavier weights will likely cause serious injury to our knees and hips. Maybe this is your opportunity to enlighten her so that she will be a better trainer. If she's an excellent trainer, she will probably appreciate knowing of your experiences and accomplishments with running.

fattymcfatty
10-01-2010, 12:20 AM
I think for her limited size of brain and low-grade intelligence, she shouldn't walk and chew gum at the same time--
She could hurt herself. (I'd probably tell her that to her face the next time I saw her)

This B*&&^ probably spells Canada with a "K"

I'd keep going, and rub my disappearing *** and mad running skills into her face every chance I get!!!

fattymcfatty
10-01-2010, 12:20 AM
Sorry, should have said "derriere"

LiannaKole
10-01-2010, 12:36 AM
If we were allowed to swear on this site, I'd be calling that woman some unpleasant things. :censored:

If I were in your shoes, I would've been too shocked to say or do anything, but you might want to think about bringing it up to management. If not, that's fine - it's up to you.

Don't let this discourage you from going to the gym. I just recently started going and have to keep myself from freaking out every time. I get looks that don't mean nice things, but I try to ignore it. I also get self-conscious when I run on a treadmill, because when I go long enough my feet hit harder and make more noise, which makes me nervous.

I can't imagine having that said to me, but don't let it deter you! That woman doesn't deserve to have affected you like that. She's either a (censor) or just extremely tactless, and thus an honorary (censor).

Keep it up - you can run much farther than I can! Wow.

Jojo381972
10-01-2010, 01:36 AM
toastedsmoke, Although I think you are being too kind to this lady who should have kept her comments to herself. Considering you already signed the waiver and you were not struggling on the treadmill, she just sounds ignorant by saying those comments.

I ran on treadmill when I was your weight. I've also been a personal trainer in the past. I would never in my life say something like this to a client. I would ask how they were doing, before ever saying a comment like she did. You really should report her to the club manager. She would be reprimanded or lose her job for stepping out of line. A trainer is supposed to be super motivating and most trainers don't say much to people working out in a gym because they have their own clientele. If she said the comment out of concern, then she certainly went about it the wrong way.

I'd say congrats to you on your improvement, and don't let anyone bring you down for what you've achieved. I have been out of running for 8 months, but I have also used this program to start running again and I know it takes a lot of hard work and persistence to get back into running! Way to go, Girl! :)_

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Eliana
10-01-2010, 09:48 AM
Toasted, I hate that you're feeling so fat. :( I have a feeling you're putting that on yourself. Adjusting for our height difference, when I was 209 pounds I remember just starting to feel a whole lot better about myself. Just nine pounds later I was starting to feel normal. I no longer thought of myself as fat. I wish that for you. You may be the largest person at the gym, but that's only because the gym isn't representative of the normal population. ;) At my gym, I definitely was NOT the largest person at my gym at that weight. Not anymore.

Thighs Be Gone
10-01-2010, 09:55 AM
First off so sorry she said that! This is all about you after all!

Secondly, SCREW HER! She is an idiot. She is trying to keep you down. She is jealous of something on you. You are cuter, have a better car, a cuter or more successful guy, etc. There is definitely something that is feeling threatening to her.

I couldn't DISagree with her more. I was once that girl running when I was "too big." I didn't go to a gym. I ran on the street. I am sure, SURE I got plenty of comments and snares and remarks--probably from people who knew me too. You keep going girl. Absolutely. YOU. KEEP. GOING.

In case it hasn't been said, you need to go to management. If you aren't good at such things, put together a well thought out letter and submit it to management. If it was a chain gym, I would also send it by snail mail and email to corporate.

Thighs Be Gone
10-01-2010, 10:02 AM
I have to agree- I would have complained about her- UNLESS you looked like you were in pain or about to fall off (which it sounds like you weren't) she has no right to come up to you like that. And I would have told her that as well. Something like "excuse me, who the **** are you again? How dare you talk to me that way, where is your manager?"

Jillian Michaels always preaches how she has 300 lbs people running and doing jumping jacks! If you aren't in pain then you aren't doing anything wrong. Some "trainer" that lady is!

I'd tell them you want to cancel your membership because of rude employees lol- man I'd have made such a stink they probably would have given me free training lessons or shaved off a bit of my membership fee lol.

Oh and congratulations on your run time! That's amazing! I suck at running lol.



I COMPLETELY THINK THIS RESPONSE IS AWESOME! --EXACTLY the way to handle it.

Thighs Be Gone
10-01-2010, 10:03 AM
3rd and final comment--

Maybe you should just print this thread out and take it to her!

JayEll
10-01-2010, 10:57 AM
Jillian Michaels also kept a contestant training on Biggest Loser when she had a hairline hip fracture brought on by the workouts!

No way would I consider what Jillian Michaels does or says to be a good general guideline.

Again, I'm just really surprised at how full of hate people are. It's understandable, but jeez, isn't it remotely possible that the woman was NOT putting the OP down? We know nothing about her!

Jay

Coondocks
10-01-2010, 11:31 AM
Jillian Michaels also kept a contestant training on Biggest Loser when she had a hairline hip fracture brought on by the workouts!

No way would I consider what Jillian Michaels does or says to be a good general guideline.

Again, I'm just really surprised at how full of hate people are. It's understandable, but jeez, isn't it remotely possible that the woman was NOT putting the OP down? We know nothing about her!

Jay

This is my thoughts exactly.

While I think the comment was rude for sure, you don't know if it was intended that way. People have bad days, maybe that was hers.
I don't think for one second this should discourage th eOP from running or going to the gym, just the opposite to be honest. I think this could and should be a bit of a motivator, proove them wrong! At least that's my mentality.

If I was in that position, I wouldnt complain to the manager, I wouldn't have ripped her a new one, but I wouldn't have ignored it.
It's entirely possible the staff member really didn't realize she was being rude. I've had comments made to me in the past that I took offense to and when I said, in a calm tone, that it was in fact offensive the reaction was surprising, the person who made them was mortififed, embaressed and apologetic.

Tell her it offended you, tell her it bothered you, tell her it made you feel uncomfortable coming back but your motivation to be HEALTHY has pushed you to do it. You may be surprised at what happens.

If, however, it happens again - then yes, tell the manager. 1 'mistake' is forgiveable, another is unacceptable.

pink sparkle
10-01-2010, 01:17 PM
Now hold on a second. I have seen a number of people running at the gym who I thought shouldn't be. I haven't said anything to them, of course, but if I were a trainer or one of the staff, it would be my job to inform people that what they were doing might be dangerous. Obviously for you it is not, toastedsmoke, and you told her that, and she backed down. That's good!

But why are so many here looking to get her fired? I realize that people are sensitive about any comment that might indicate someone else thinks they are "too fat" to do something, but seriously? You want her fired?

toastedsmoke, if this person is a trainer or staff member, she might actually become a support for you, now that you've told her you've been training. If she's not part of the staff, then she was just a worried member who should have minded her own business. But no way should you quit! No way! Just let it go and go about your business.

Just my 2 cents...

Jay

I agree with everything you've said. I've noticed when people are overweight (or even just feel they are), anything someone says to them that's either weight-, nutrition- or exercise-related is taken as a horribly offensive comment. Sometimes people say things because they think they're trying to be helpful, not to hurt us.

Goddess Jessica
10-01-2010, 03:20 PM
I always try to see the good in people -- give them the benefit of the doubt. But I've been mulling this over in my head for awhile and I'm struggling with this one.

For me, this is a question of customer service. This is a gym. Not the doctor's office.

If she was a staff member or a personal trainer and concerned about your health, safety, etc, there is a much better way to approach the situation. Personal Trainers are not just exercise gurus, they are also the front line between the gym and clients. Their job is to make a healthy and positive experience for the client. She could have approached you, congratulated you on your run and chatted you up about your exercise regiment before offering an opinion. Any professional will tell you that you can't assess the situation before you know the situation.

I wouldn't "try to get her fired" but I would certainly let the management know where their staff members are failing when servicing their customer needs.

beerab
10-01-2010, 03:46 PM
I don't think she should be fired- but I think if nothing is said then she'll just do it to other customers, making her aware her actions are not acceptable is the goal here.

dragonwoman64
10-02-2010, 11:16 AM
I'm heavier than you, toastedsmoke, and older, so keep that in mind with what I'm saying. I actually asked a trainer I worked with at the Y for a couple of months if he thought I should be running (I asked that with the thought in mind that it wouldn't be good for me at my weight because of the strain on knees, feet, etc.) He told me that he thought walking on the treadmill at a fast pace would be better for me. And I agreed. (that's not to say that applies to you.)

When I read your post, I did not think the comments from the trainer in question were aimed at the safety of the equipment (at all). Running can be a big strain and wear on the body for people who have no excess weight. Once an injury happens, especially when that injury is to the knees or feet, it can knock you out of exercise for days or weeks even. Believe me, I know. I just injured my knee from trying to get back into leg presses too fast.

I also know (and have heard the trainers talk about it, and my trainer made comments to me) that people of all sizes at the gym don't take it well when trainers approach them with advice or comments, so the trainers tend to stand around and wait for questions instead.

Weight is such a loaded issue too. I know it can be for me. From what you wrote, I didn't think her intention was to insult you or make you feel embarrassed.

since someone mentioned the Biggest Loser, those contestants go through rigorous medical screening and are surrounded by doctors and still get injuries from the exercise. Probably some injuries (more minor) that don't get mentioned. I think people don't keep in mind enough the safety aspect around exercise. Go slow, build up, and listen to your body.

she might have worded what she said to you more sensitively

sacha
10-02-2010, 11:21 AM
Remember that a common strategy of PT's to get clients is to come up to members and "advise them" of certain problems with their form/workout, suggesting PT sessions in the future. Not sure if that applies here, but could be a thought.

Ali87
10-02-2010, 12:25 PM
That's so rubbish.
But I wouldn't consider it off putting. I've been on the treadmill so many times and seen others in the gyms expressions when I HAVN'T stopped it at 3 minutes huffing and puffing and instead doing 30mins at 8.5kph quite easily. It's a rush to me to show how wrong people can be with their preconceptions of overweight peoples fitness.
Get back to that gym and show them what you can do!

Sea
10-07-2010, 01:29 PM
You might also let your hr director at work know that she almost put you off your work. Keeping employees healthy is a very high priority in HR these days. They might want to consider changing gyms, or at least make mgmt. aware of the problem.
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