I have been a member of my gym for quite some time.
I’ve had 4 trainers.
They all had different methods, able to meet me where I was, and took my workout to the next level.
I’m not happy about losing any them.
The first one quit the company after a year, the second would be late or absent (and y’all know I don’t play that) so I had to end that. The third one got a job offer and left the gym.
The last one was a girl and her game was tight. But I had to give her the axe. The sad part is she didn’t do anything wrong…she was just a casualty of war. Let me explain.
What had happened was…
Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it.” - Gordon Graham
About a year ago, my gym started a new system which created three levels of trainers. When I bought my membership two years ago there was only one level, which is now the bottom level. I had to keep this in mind when picking new trainers because it meant that I would need to upgrade my membership if I picked someone at the 2nd or 3rd level.
So my girl got a promotion and jumped straight to the third level. She’s that good.
I was really happy for her and didn’t want to lose her but there were four issues:
- The gym where she is really an inconvenience to drive to so I try to schedule my training and spin class at the same time. It’s really difficult and I need more flexibility.
- It wasn’t guaranteed that my trainer would stay at the gym. Like I said, she is my 4th and the first three are no longer with the company. I would be really ticked if I upgraded and she left.
- I really wasn’t trying to upgrade my membership. I would have to pay an extra $5 per session and I was already paying a grip. And keeping it real, why should I have to pay extra because my trainer received a promotion? I mean really, we were guinea pigs to help get them there. We should be grandfathered. And I told the manager that when I cancelled. Just the principle of the matter.
- For sometime there has been a tinge in my gut (actually two trainers ago) to stop. It didn’t make any sense to cancel, however when I ignore my gut I usually regret it.
So I took all those factors in mind and went with my gut.
I really felt bad axing my girl, but it was a business decision. Enough of being accommodating– it always gets me the short end of the stick.
I also was a bit on edge about canceling my contract. The personal training kept me accountable and I didn’t want to take the chance of falling off the wagon. I’ve come too far.
Books, Blogs and Cable TV
After doing all this training, I have absorbed some of the methods of the madness. So, I will go it alone.
Over the last few weeks, I have been researching online, browsing through books and watching the exercise section on cable. Through this, I’ve learned a lot of terminology and information about gym equipment. Like what’s the difference between a burpee and squat thrusts? Why use free weights instead of resistance machines? What workouts can I do at home, especially on all these snow days I’m having? How do I put together my own program with the proper reps, weight and supersets?
I am amazed at what I am learning. Before I pretty much did what the trainer told me to and asked a few questions so I could try to do some of the workouts on my own. I now have a set of tools and a strategy on hand to achieve my goals.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
I really don’t know how this is going to turn out, but I am the eternal optimist.
I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, but honestly most of the time I don’t. I’ll just figure it out. I have good sense, know how to google and definitely know how to ask questions.
It’s now time to see how much motivation I really have and how bad I really want this.
I can lose some weight and build muscle on my own, but if I want a Regina King body I need to enlist some help with that. When the summer comes and I did this right, one of my treats will be to get a new trainer–but at their own gym. Hopefully my girl will start her own thing and I’ll be one of her first clients.
In the meantime, wish me luck. You know I’ll keep you posted!