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Last post on the 90 day challenge

Friday, May 03, 2013

I didn't win the 3 free months membership, but I lost 10 pounds. That's still a win in my book. In my heart, I wished that I could have killed this challenge, but the reality of it is that the weight just doesn't come off quickly for me. In talking with other members of my health club, we all agreed that this challenge was generally not a positive experience because it wasn't a realistic challenge. Only one person in the entire club accomplished the goal set for them. The club "threw down the gauntlet" but the staff didn't do anything during the 90 days to encourage us or help us achieve the goal. It's a great facility but it would be an amazing health club if it had a staff who really invested themselves in the members. I didn't join the club expecting the staff to invest themselves in me, but I now see the value of some basic encouragement. All the staff on the fitness floor are personal trainers. They make their money on the one-on-one training, which is an expensive added cost to members. I don't think they understand that helping members on the floor leads to relationship which leads to potential personal training clients. I would be more inclined to pay for personal training if I felt like the personal trainer really wanted to see me succeed, whether I became their personal client or not. Okay, enough venting.
I have started taking classes at the club and have discovered that the teachers of these free classes really do take an interest in the members. The spin instructors have been so helpful in teaching me good technique. I taken some strength classes and the instructors have patiently shown us how to exercise with good form, or how to modify an exercise if it was too difficult. Even the Zumba and belly dance teachers didn't laugh (at least not out loud) at my awful form, but graciously showed me the moves. I would look at myself in the mirror, thinking that I'm doing the moves just like the instructors, only to discover that my moves were nothing like the instructors. Yep, I stink at dancing! It makes me laugh right now just remembering how bad I was in Zumba and belly dancing. Still, it was a good workout, even if I wasn't doing it correctly.
So, I'm celebrating 10 pounds gone and am still moving forward in getting fit and healthy. I'll post soon on what I'm planning for May and June.
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FITFULLIFE 5/5/2013 10:57AM

    I worked with one of our club's personal trainers 2X a week for about 6 months when I first started back into working out. I appreciated what he did to help me. It was helpful not to have to think about what strength exercises I was going to do. He spotted me when my muscles would fatigue (esp. on those third reps). I thought we had developed a good rapport over that time. That was about 2 years ago. Not once since has he ever stopped to say even a hi to me when I've been at the club. I always have to initiate any conversation with him, except the one time he texted me recently to see if I wanted to sign up for some sessions with him. I don't think so. I realize I'm a client to him and I guess I had an expectation that a professional friendship would develop from working with him. I know my clients usually become friends over time, and I'm comparing him to me.

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LMB-ESQ 5/5/2013 6:34AM

    10 lbs lost is definitely a win!! emoticon

I've often thought the staff at any gym could really benefit from some basic customer service and sales training. People who sell for a living have to take a lot of rejection before they make those great sales, and make no mistake, those trainers are selling themselves every time they set foot on a gym floor. They don't get that the "customers will come to me" attitude is a fallacy. I wonder how much they really care about the ones who do pay them.

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