Post # 1
So, I’ve been doing Ripped in 30, and I like to add in 30 minutes of extra cardio every other day. Usually this means a run outside, but here in the Northeast it has been so HOT lately that yesterday I decided to take it to the gym. I avoid the gym, but do like it’s air conditioning when it’s this hot :).
So I hop on the treadmill, getting ready to run intervals. 1 minute at 6.0, 2 minutes at 7.2, and repeat for 30 minutes. Quite the sweaty workout. I take a few minutes to loosen up, choose a good channel on the TV, adjust my shoelaces, and then I’m off!
I’m smack in the middle of my first sprint interval when a personal trainer climbs onto the treadmill next to me, taps me on the shoulder, and says “Hi”. I look at him, suspecting that maybe he needs this treadmill for a client. Nope. He says “I’m John, what’s your name?” I answered, and apparently he didn’t hear me, because he asked me again. At this point, I said “Are you serious?” I was in the middle of a sprint, and he’s introducing himself, trying to get me as a client! He starts talking about how he hasn’t seen me there before, and have I ever used a PT. At this point I said “I’m sorry to cut you off, but I’m running intervals here and I really need to focus”. I put my ear bud back in, and he stayed next to me for a good 30 seconds, watching me, before finally climbing off.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Am I crazy to think this was incredibly rude? I understand he needs to try to get new clients, but why couldn’t he approach me during the 5 minutes I was fiddling with the tv and warming up? Or wait until I was done with my workout? The whole thing gave me a huge WTF feeling. Am I nuts??
Post # 3
That is incredibly rude! A good personal trainer would know when to approach someone and when not to.
Post # 4
We’re you at a “big box” gym like LA Fitness? Their PTs are super aggressive and I understand it’s annoying. Sure, he could have picked a better time, but he probably figuredd he’d try and talk to you while you were “captive” on your treadmill. Do what I do: put on a straight face and never make eye contact or respond. Yes, it’s rude, and he’s only trying to make some money, but those types of gyms/trainers try and intimidate women, in particular.
Post # 5
@BlondeBee: It’s a smaller regional gym here in CT, there’s maybe 6 locations in the state. I will definitely try your tactic if it ever happens again. I was just so blown away – I’ve worked out in gyms for close to 15 years now, and that has never happened to me before.
Post # 6
@JLR1982: Thank you for the validation! Makes me feel better to know I’m not crazy.
Post # 7
Yes, that to me is incredibly weird!! What a creeper!! Just ignore the next time.
Post # 8
Wow. Yeah, that’s annoying. I hated the PT pitch I had to get to sign up at the gym and refuse to use my “free PT” session because I know it’s going to be an hour straight with someone trying to pitch me the whole time. (Not to mention, from the few things we DID speak about, I didn’t get the impression that the trainer was well informed anyway.)
Climbing on my treadmill though? Yeah, I just got back from a war zone so homeboy would be lucky if I didn’t just deck him out of reflex. I’d definitely complain about it to a manager though. If he distracted you in a sprint, you could have gotten thrown off and seriously hurt. I.e., GIANT liability for the gym.
Post # 9
WOW! What an *a**hole!
I’d make a formal complaint to the gyms management. I wouldn’t let go of something like this.
Post # 10
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@FutureCuomo6610: I agree talk to the manager and let them know that there was a better opportunity for the PT to talk to you other than during intervals. If he was a good PT he would know not to interrupt/distract a person working out.
Post # 11
That’s annoying! I’d be surprised at any success he gets with his methods.