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Why I walked out of boxing class

Monday, August 13, 2012

The gym has started a new routine, where all members have to collect a group fitness card from the desk before heading to the boxing room. The boxing room isn't inside the gym, and people have been going to the class without paying/being members. To get around this they are now insisting that everyone has a card which will be collected by a gym staff member before class. Now, this is a minor inconvenience. I swipe in anyway, since I go into the gym to change. Today I forgot about it and didn't grab a card, but it wasn't an issue since the trainer collecting cards knows I'm a member, and said for today not to worry.

Well, enter grumpy, shirtless man (from a previous blog entry). He ripped into the people collecting the cards. He was so rude, and it was totally uncalled for. I told him that we were informed last week about this, and perhaps he was absent? No, he wasn't. OK fine. Continues ripping into this poor trainer. Then, trying to break the tension and lighten the mood I ask if he would like a hug, thinking that since he is a dirty old man he would probably accept and get distracted. His exact words were, "No, I don't want a hug, and I don't need a f***ing teacher telling me what to do!". WTF? When did I tell him what I do? And what does my occupation have to do with anything? What he wanted to say was f***ing girl. Anyways, as any self respecting girl would, I burst into tears (seriously. He was so rude, I was really upset) and ran out of the room.

I wasn't going to let him ruin my workout, so I hit the gym. 10 minutes on the bike, 25 on the treadmill. I had not one, but two trainers come and see if I was OK, because they witnessed it and were worried about me. They agreed that he was totally out of line and I had every right to be very upset.

I am glad the trainers at my gym are so lovely. They are all really nice, and I like them a lot. But, now I really don't want to go back to boxing! If ANYTHING happens on Wednesday during boxing I'm going straight to centre management and making a complaint. Not sure what they can do about a member, but since this isn't my first run in with this grumpy, old man I think I have every right to complain. Maybe they can at least talk to him and explain that his behaviour isn't OK, and that he is upsetting other members, as well as staff members (both of the trainers who dealt with him were really angry).

So, that is why I walked out of a boxing class. I still burned 300 calories (I usually burn 400 at boxing, but I got bored), so it wasn't a right off.

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JAZZEJR 8/15/2012 11:17PM

    I agree with ALLIEALKINS. I'd have strapped on those gloves and popped him one with no notice. THEN I would have run out (in self defense, 'cause he sounds like the type that would have tried to hit me back). I definitely would not ever let him run me out of the gym again. You have a right to be there with no harrasment. Time to speak to the manager.

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/14/2012 2:46PM

    The gym does have rules. If this member wasn't following the rules AND was being rude to other members (you), the gym can kick him out. You had every right to be in that boxing room. He was the one making a scene.

Total jerk !

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ALLIEALKINS 8/14/2012 11:54AM

    Stay in the class! That way, you can 'accidentally' punch him and give HIM something to cry about!

But, seriously, this guy in a dirty, grumpy old man who evidentally has no manners and very little friends. What he wants is to get under your skin and make you feel uncomfortable, but don't let him! You're clearly a better person than him and boxing is an excellent way to work out frustrations! You DESERVE to go to this class, don't let him decipher what you can and cannot do! Plus, people probably love you there and will stick up for you.

Way to continue your work out as well! You rock!

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TWINSMOMMY607 8/14/2012 10:10AM

    I totally think you should complain, especially since this is not the only time you have had a run in with the guy. It is totally your right to expect to be treated with respect by other members at your gym. I would definitely say something!!

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JECKIE 8/14/2012 9:12AM

    Can you *ahem* "slip" in boxing and deck him? (kidding... I'd never actually condone hitting him - you'd be the one in trouble).

What a jerk. Good for you for standing up for the instructor.

And I'd complain about him too. The gym should be a welcoming atmosphere, not an uncomfortable one.

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SLIMMERKIWI 8/14/2012 5:58AM

    My sweet, I can understand your being upset and walking out, but you know what I would have done??? Stayed there if for no other reason than to get right up his nose, and then I would DEFINITELY put in a complaint to management about his behaviour. It was totally uncalled for, and right out of line! You never know, he may have done this previously and been on a final warning, and they may just be waiting for someone to officially complain again so that they can kick his butt from here to kingdom come! THAT I would love to see :-)


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ANAJAK 8/14/2012 3:36AM

    Want me to come help you kick his ass???

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SLAPTHEFATCAT 8/14/2012 2:23AM

    I hate to hear about rude gym members. I mean, we all have the right to go to the gym. Who gives them the right to be so rude to anyone else? I remember hearing a story a month or two ago about someone being teased by other (more fit) gym members and it just makes me so PO'ed! Sorry to hear about your ordeal. Please keep up with your boxing classes if that is what you enjoy.

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RUNNER12COM 8/14/2012 12:18AM

    What a jerk. I'm surprised the gym puts up with him at all.

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SURLYGIRL 8/13/2012 10:13PM

    Don't let this jerk off stop you from doing something you want to do. Talk to management so they are aware of the situation and insist they do something about this idiot if it happens again. In the mean time - go to your class if you enjoy it - EF him

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    So glad you managed to get in a workout anyway, and so glad you left the boxing room when such a negative was there.

As for complaining, I think you definitely have a right to. Many people won't bother to complain, but the gym can't do a lot if no one complains. If, however, a number of people complain about different incidents, then the gym CAN absolutely do something... then can tell him his behaviour is inappropriate and affecting other people, and they can also cancel his membership (although they might have to give him a warning first).

Keep us posted... you should give him a nickname (so we know who you're talking about)!

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PAMATX 8/13/2012 9:13PM

    You Go! I'd make a complaint. They probably have a clause in the contract that they can kick you out for being so nasty. Or, you could go to kickboxing and mistakenly kick him in the arse. Don't let him scare you away! He should be ashamed of himself.

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ELPHABABLUE 8/13/2012 8:18PM

    How frustrating! I think you should talk to the management about him. I'm sure there are rules about member behavior. But hey, good for you for working out in despite leaving the class!

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CATLADY52 8/13/2012 3:39PM

    Since this was not the first time he's been rude and upsetting folks you should have reported him to the management. People may have the right to make an ass of themselves but don't have the right to make someone else miserable!

The one thing you should be glad about is that you still got a workout. emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/13/2012 2:45PM

    I'm sorry the stupid little man got to you. What a jerk.

I'd complain about him now and not wait for another incident. I know gyms vary from place to place, etc., but I'm pretty sure that he would not be allowed to be shirtless at my Y unless he was in the pool or sauna, and I definitely know that his language would get him kicked out at least for the day.

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A_WISE_WOMAN 8/13/2012 2:28PM

  I haven't read any of your earlier blog entries, so I don't know any more about this man than what you wrote here, but if you stay away from boxing because someone is acting up, then you let him have power over you, over taking care of yourself, and doing something you enjoy. Nobody should have that power over you, let alone someone who is having the adult equivalent of a temper tantrum! If seeing him brings up unpleasant feelings, then maybe imagining him in a diaper with a binky and a bonnet will help!

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LYNSEY723 8/13/2012 12:26PM

    What a jerk-off! I would go to management too if I were you! Some people seriously need a reality check! When I worked at a hotel, I would sometimes have people get really upset with me if we were sold out and they couldn't get a reservation, or they didn't like that we REQUIRED credit cards upon check in (that authorized for the full amount of the room + $25). I finally learned to say "Excuse me, you have no right to speak to me like that". This guy needs someone to tell him that he cannot treat people like this!

Good job getting a workout in anyway! I would have wound up in my car crying my eyes out for sure!!

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NINJA_SMOO 8/13/2012 11:19AM

  How frustrating! And what an a-hole! I'm glad you still got a good workout in, but it sucks that that old pr!ck did that :(

If anything happens again, you totally should report him.

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TAICHIDANCER 8/13/2012 8:34AM

    Don't let this jerk drive you away from boxing class!

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JSTETSER 8/13/2012 8:17AM

    We all have to walk out our own path. Don't let the jerks get you down!

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81MSMITH1 8/13/2012 6:57AM

    It is incredible how rude some people can be. I would definately complain if I were you. emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/13/2012 5:42AM

    Aw emoticon At least you got some workout in : )

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LEXIE63 8/13/2012 5:15AM

    Don't wait! Make an official complaint. You have witnesses, so why are you waiting? People like this need to be dealt with swiftly, or customers will walk, members and all.
Good luck,
Lex xxx

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TATTER3 8/13/2012 4:34AM

    So sorry it happened. I'm a triage nurse and you wouldn't believe the rude calls I get every day. Find a way to vent and keep Sparkin'!!

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BLUEKITTYJAN 8/13/2012 3:13AM

    Its good that you walked out and went to the gym. Not only did you get your workout you also made the staff aware that members won't tolerate people of that kind. The management has the right to remove people when their not appropriate. I am sure in the contract you signed there was a clause about behavior. emoticon

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AMSPARKER 8/13/2012 3:09AM

    WHAT AN ASS! Oh my gosh, I would be so upset if I were you and I would complain now and not wait for another incident. Plus, you also had two employees witness the event, right? Unbelieveable! Take care of yourself, and keep STRONG! hugs!

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JACEUG 8/13/2012 3:09AM

    Good for you and sorry to hear that someone manage to upset your boxing class.

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The comments

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Yesterday was a day of seeing people that I hadn't seen for a while. The comments about my weight loss came, as I expect them to. They varied yesterday from really lovely to a little... offensive?

My former workmate, and 2 girls I went to uni with were amazed, and kept telling me how good I look and how proud they are of me. It was really nice. My boyfriends aunt, however.... her comments came off a bit rude. Like telling me I'd lost a couple of chins, and she was feeling my waist (I am not a touchy person) and telling me how much I had lost from there. I know I was fat, I am aware, but being told that I had lost a few chins (and a few more comments that I can't recall) stung. Anyways, I have to take the good with the bad, and I am just glad that I have lost the weight!

Last night I met 2 other teacher friends for dinner. We met at uni and we catch up every couple of months for a catch up. I wish I could log talking as exercise... We talked for 2 and a half hours! Whew! Anyway, the topic of exercise came up, and we started talking about strength training. The girls asked what I was lifting, so I told them. They said that it sounded dangerous to lift that amount of weight! Oh how I laughed. I don't even think I lift that much! They are still firmly in the low weight. high reps camp. I give out advice that people don't want, so I didn't go into my reasons. So the short story is that my friends think that I'm pretty hardcore.

I dragged myself to the gym for a quick weights workout this afternoon. I was not keen to go, but once I was there I was fine! New program on Tuesday, excited!

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CARLA-216 8/13/2012 2:41PM

    Wow, some folks really have no filter, do they? But then I can't imagine saying that to anyone, especially you who had no extra chins to lose to start with.

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PATSYB7 8/12/2012 2:27PM

    What a nasty old crow! Ignore her--she's probably jealous. Bask in the compliments of your friends and the feeling of health and well-being. Good for you for lifting "heavy"! I totally advocate for that. It gets results. Keep up the good work!

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PAMATX 8/12/2012 1:37PM

    She sounds like a mean old nasty woman. I agree, rude! The best revenge? To continue living well. Take that, mean old nasty lady!


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SUNSET09 8/12/2012 8:56AM

  You have accomplished what others would love to, so that is just envy talking. It's a joy that you've lost that "other chin", however look at it this way; what if she had told you that when you HAD the other chin?! Would it feel any better?!? If they try the weight, then they can understand. You are a living witness that it can and did happen. Donít let anyone steal your joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 8/12/2012 8:13AM

    So often people will try to sabotage a good plan. If you can do it, maybe they can. But if you CAN'T, then why should they try.
Have you ever watched a bucket of crabs? When one crab starts to climb out of the bucket, another will pull the leader back down. No one gets out, no one succeeds. LET'S LEARN FROM THE CRABS. There are too many crabs in this world already.

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SLIMMERKIWI 8/12/2012 6:31AM

    Open this link:


You might be pleasantly surprised :-)


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Having the night off

Friday, August 10, 2012

Usually I zoom out of work as soon as I can on a Friday. After a long week I just want to go to the gym and go home! But this afternoon I felt oddly motivated, so I got things done. I wrote Mondays program and next weeks spelling words

the learning intentions for maths and reading for the week

and the literacy program on the whiteboard.

Then I did the homework sheet and the maths sheets (there are 4, 1 for each group). Finally I decided to collect the other teacher who stayed late and go home. We can't be in the school alone, so the second to last person has to grab the last person on their way out.

After work I rode that motivation all the way to the gym. 25 minutes of strength training, full body workout. I had strength training victories today, so I'll share them. I leg pressed 100kg (220lb) and chest pressed with 2 12.5kg (27lb) dumbbells.

All I have to do this weekend is type up the maths and reading rotations, and organise the reading purposes for my reading groups. Looking forward to a relaxing and lazy weekend!

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CATLADY52 8/10/2012 5:35PM

    Great on all fronts. emoticon

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PATSYB7 8/10/2012 1:13PM

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!

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LYNSEY723 8/10/2012 12:35PM

    Great job!! It feels so great to get things done. I hope I have the same type of success this weekend! Congrats on your new ST victories! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/10/2012 5:47AM

    You had a productive end of the day! Way to go, it will make walking in Monday go so smooth. (hope your custodian's know not to erase your boards over the weekend!) Great NSV's in the gmy!

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Feeling better today

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I went to bed early last night (after eating Burger King... Tiredness leads to poor choices. Still, I had the small grilled chicken burger, half a medium fries and a diet sprite) and slept very well. I slept for over 8 hours straight, and woke up feeling a lot better. I got through my day and decided the gym would be a good idea. I did half of my weights workout and then a boxing class. It felt good to get moving and get back to my routine. Just as a note, my gym hires the sweetest people. I forgot a hairtie, and when I asked for a rubber band at the desk the receptionist gave me one of hers instead. She is always such a sweetie!

So, wish me luck for the rest of the week. I hope I can keep on with this momentum!

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PAMATX 8/8/2012 3:36PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Good luck! You can do it!

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LYNSEY723 8/8/2012 1:19PM

    So happy to hear you are feeling better and have some energy back! Great job on your workout!!

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CARLA-216 8/8/2012 10:56AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better, and good luck that it continues for the rest of the week!

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    Glad you're feeling better!

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AMSPARKER 8/8/2012 4:59AM

    Good Luck! Send some of that momentum my way! And I'm glad to know that you are feeling better.

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Just so tired

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Argh, I am having one of those week. No matter how much I sleep I am just so tired. I could go to bed right now and probably sleep until morning. I skipped my workout tonight. I even went to the gym (had a meeting with my trainer), but I couldn't find enough energy to get changed. Everyone at school is sick, so I wouldn't be surprised if I am coming down with something again. Ick.

I had a short meeting with my trainer, as I do every 4-6 weeks. II need a new program, my old one was getting too easy/boring. I told him that I want to be able to do a full pull up by the end of the year. I'm not fussy, I just want one. He is going to help me towards my goal by designing a program that will support my new goal. He thought it was a great goal to have. I think he likes training me because I ask to be worked hard, to be challenged.

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JSTETSER 8/9/2012 5:58AM

    I can see why a trainer would love to have someone who wants to get worked harder. I bet trainers see lots of people who want an easy path.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/7/2012 7:26PM

    Hope you are feeling better! The joys of being in a school... lots of germs!

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CARLA-216 8/7/2012 12:01PM

    I hope you perk up soon and are able to avoid the sickies this time.

WooHoo - a new strength program coming right up!

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TWINSMOMMY607 8/7/2012 10:03AM

    I hope you feel better soon, my first year teaching I was really sick. I don't get as sick anymore because my immune system has built it's self up.

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BUBBLEJ1 8/7/2012 2:26AM

    I'm trying my best, but it is winter where I live...

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LBLYKOWSKI 8/7/2012 2:22AM

    Consider getting some sunlight, your body might need the mood lift it can provide and help you get past the sleepies.

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