Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The past couple of years have been very stressful for me due to a family situation. There has been a lot of drama involved. One place I have tried to work through the stress and drama has been the gym. I have made some friends there and know most of the wonderful staff.
I train with two different trainers, one on Mondays, one on Fridays. Both have been so helpful and supportive.
Last Monday, while training, a young guy kept hitting on my trainer. He kept walking by telling her she looked beautiful. At the end of the session, he asked her to go out with him in front of me and 4 other people in the training room. It was awkward. He is several years younger than my trainer and she does not want to get involved with anyone from the gym, as she works there.
The gym has a policy that only people working with a trainer can use the special training room. It is open on both sides so people can see or walk in easily.
Yesterday as I was training in there, this same guy dragged a bench into the room, placing it right in front the TRX machine which we were using during the rotation. He left the room, so my trainer moved it out of the way. WHen he returned, she told him we were using that machine. He asked for how long, she said two more sets at least. He stood there staring at me as I was training. It made me feel very uncomfortable and awkward.
After a couple of minutes,my trainer told him we were not going to change our schedule of workout exercises to suit him, because only people with a trainer were allowed to use this room. He began to argue with her. WHen he said he had permission to be in there, I flipped out. I pay a lot of extra money to work with trainers. Now he is not only wasting my time, but abusing the privilege. I said, "I'll go find out if you have permission". I went up to the desk and they knew I was upset. I explained the situation and told them he was arguing with my trainer. Two of the staff accompanied me back to the training room. WHen he saw them he said, "I'm out of here" and left. They asked the trainer if she was ok and told us they would have a talk with him about gym policies.
I finished my session. When I got home, after running errands and walking my grand dog, there was a message from the manager of the gym, apologizing for the incident, telling me they had talked with the offender, and she wanted to make sure I was ok.
I am feeling a bit weird about going to the gym today, wondering if that guy is going to take it out on me in some way. I have friends there and the staff is great, but I still am a bit anxious.
It will not keep me home, but I am sorry this happened to the one place that has been a stress reliever for me.