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Things Personal Trainers Say (and shouldn't!)

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Recently I decided to consult with a PT who specializes in middle-aged clients. I belong to a gym already, but the PTs there don't seem to have that particular expertise, so I thought someone who works with people my age would be a better choice.

So I was sitting in his studio for a consultation and discussing my particular goals. I'm not overweight, but I am on the high end of the normal weight range (BMI 24) and because I have some issues like borderline blood sugar, BP, and high cholesterol, I want to bring it down another 15-20 lbs.

Even with a high-normal weight, I am fairly trim, and I wear a size 4 jeans. At 56-years-old, I'm good with that, I don't need to be a size 0 to "look better." I'm a grandma, and I'm okay with looking like a grandma. I'm not trying to be a super model.

This guy kept saying, "I can help you get your body fat down to 20% and get you looking the way you want to look." I told him that I'm fine with the way I look - really! - and that wasn't what my goal was about. So he retorted, "Yeah, you're just happy you can fit in that chair, right?"

What? Seriously...WHAT???

Again, I'm sitting there in my size 4 shorts, weighing 138 lbs which isn't exactly skinny but surely isn't fat, and he makes it sound like I can barely fit into a chair? He thinks that insulting me is going to win me as a client?

I'm still stunned. I have been body-shamed by a PT who works exclusively with women my age and therefore should understand that I'm not trying to look like a 20-year-old. Needless to say, I told him I didn't think his services were going to fit my needs.
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  • no profile photo CD24697016
    Well, I would hope he just lost a client. What a jerk--too bad he crossed the line (but I'm assuming he doesn't know there is a line there anyway). Yikes. Hope you take with a grain of salt and go on to another trainer.
    392 days ago
  • PB1959
    Wow is right. I am 60 and trying to find functional. I am also a size 4. I weigh 120 and am in maintenance. I am so mad that someone would treat you that way. SHAME ON HIM
    392 days ago
    WOW 😮 I’m stunned I don’t even know how to respond to that!!!
    393 days ago
  • MWARNER211
    Wow.. They're not all like that I'm sure. Hopefully you can find someone to help with your needs.
    393 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    I would have told him where to go and tell him back to learn some customer service skills. That is no way for a professional to talk.
    393 days ago
    Sad that’s “professional” would say things like that
    393 days ago
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