Monday, October 05, 2009
Last week was an overall bad week for me and what should have been a great weekend got worse when I got a text from my trainer Friday night. On Wednesday I resigned with my trainer for 2 months, normally I just do one month at a time, but I knew the pressure his boss was putting on him to have his clients sign longer contracts and of course I wanted to help Rudy (my trainer) out since I like training with him. He has been the one person who has been with me during my entire health journey since January. He would go above and beyond and give me 2 new workouts each month to do on my own in addition to a new nutrition guideline each month, most trainers do not do any of this. He made himself available 24/7 and his training style fitted my needs well. Any of my failures he saw as his failures, he took his job personally because he put so much into his work. It truly was "personal" training with him.
Unfortunately on Friday he informed me that his boss had let him go. We agreed to talk about it on Saturday, but Saturday morning I got a call from his boss telling me that Rudy left the gym and asking who I wanted to train with, I was so pissed at this man! I talked to Rudy Saturday night and this is what I found out. First, let me start by saying Rudy's boss is rather new and him and Rudy didn't get along too well. If it was up to his boss Rudy would have been gone months ago, but the District Manager wouldn't allow that to happen, but must have finally given in. They have lost 3 trainers in a month and a half. Rudy's boss said production had been down for the month of September and basically blamed it on Rudy since most of his clients only sign month to month contracts instead of longer contracts. But honestly, who can afford to pay $1,000 up front at this time?? I can only afford to pay one month at a time, but I kept coming back and had been with him since January! So they fired Rudy, exactly 2 days after I signed my 2 month contract with him. I was his only client to resign so far so I got screwed! Not by Rudy, but by his boss. I cannot get out of the contract since each contract states that you are not signing with a specific trainer, but with the gym and they reserve the right to switch your trainer. But honestly, I wouldn't have resigned for 2 months if I would have known I wouldn't be training with Rudy and Rudy wouldn't have had me resign.
Rudy said he would still help me out because he wants to see me succeed, but honestly I don't even want to train with anyone else. I never expected to be so emotional about this but I feel like the one person, my person, who has been there for everything with me on this journey has just been taken away. He's the one that knows so much about me, we've figured out so much about me and my body together and we made this progress. Now I basically have to start over with someone else. I know the other trainers and their training styles (I am there basically every day) and Rudy's style really did fit me best. Not only that, but we had built that bond and trust with each other.
Rudy reassured me he would be fine and that he'll find another job at another gym and that he would like to keep working with me, which of course I would like as well. This week he is supposed to be getting things figured out and I hope he does, but either way, I'm still stuck in a 2 month contract with someone else. Hopefully he can get it all figured out and by the end of my 2 months I can train with him again somewhere else.
I don't even want to walk into that gym today. I was supposed to have my usual 5:30 appointment with him today. I feel a little lost, Rudy was my guide on this journey, directing me when I needed it. But I guess all I can do is move forward, keep pushing. At some point I was going to have to learn to do it on my own, I just didn't expect it to happen so suddenly. And I swear if his former manager says one word to me, I will punch his scrawny a**, and as Rudy says I have a good right jab.