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Hypersensitive, or legitimately irked?

Friday, March 07, 2014

Lifted at the gym yesterday. I'm a little miffed. I was using the cross-cable machine, and had just switched to an exercise that only required one side when one of the personal trainers came in and started using the other side with his client without asking if they were interrupting me. I didn't say anything, but a little while later he went back to it when a man was using it. He stopped to check in with the man that they weren't interrupting his routine. Now, it might be that he was just concentrating the first time and realized his gaff afterward, which is why I didn't make a deal out of it. But if it happens again, you can bet that I will speak up!

The thing is, I know that dismissive treatment happens to women in gyms, particularly around the weight room. It's not that unusual to see some guy's eyebrow go up when I skip by the small, pastel-colored dumbbells and reach for the regular weights. And to be honest, not many women are putting in much time in the weight room there. Which is a pity, because lifting is so good for women.

I don't like feeling paranoid. But if this trainer treats me in the same way again, he and the management are all going to experience a "teachable moment."
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    You go! Even with all the work I do in the weight room, I get intimidated on days when I'm not with the trainer and for the same reason.
    1807 days ago

    You teach them if they need teaching!!!

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    1811 days ago
    Good for you for using the weights! I hope it was an oversite on the trainers part! I feel so intimated at the gym when I try to use the weights, with all the jocks hogging the weights and the grunting and growling they do, it's like the want to make sure to scare the unjocks away!
    1812 days ago
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    You're kinder than I.
    1812 days ago
    I probably would have been miffed right off the bat. Not even thinking that it was a male/female issue. Just a you are in my space issue.
    1812 days ago
    I think you were wise to wait to see if it happens again. It would certainly piss me off.
    1812 days ago
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