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?"
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.