View Full Version : Gyms, Locked Contracts, Egotistical Trainers

Kevin Perry
11-10-2007, 09:02 AM
I was approached about this a few days ago and got me thinking. There is a series of gyms around these parts under the same affiliation that will lock their clients into 1 year or longer contracts and not allow their members to cancel their contracts or simply leave the gym when they want to. They also have a habit of hiring the most egotistical personal trainers who are not afraid to let their clients know whose boss.

I know she has had problems there before with the personal trainers telling her and others that they are not allowed to workout without them. A personal trainer even even told her she is not allowed to lose weight unless he is their to monitor. And when she wanted to get out of contract he even told her he would never lose weight without him.

Now that trainer and a couple others did lose their jobs over the past few months, But in all seriousness. The fitness industry needs to know when to cross the line somewhere. Im actually very disgusted with how the industry does things like that. Granted, I don't get a long with a lot of personal trainers especially out here and I usually let them know. I actually never found any comfort working out in a gym and found the whole atmosphere to be nerve wrecking actually.

I know that when we start getting out Crossfit Affiliates out here which is looking really promising right now, that I would never want to approach my future clients and tell them they can't achieve their goals without me. And I would never lock them into a position where they are forced to fork out money for a service they find no motivation to reach their potential. I try to get them to understand that the "idea" of the fitness standard for a perfect body is not a healthy one. You don't need to go on these pay-for-diets to try and lose weight or spend 20 minutes on the "butt"-blaster ( which I had no idea what the hell a butt blaster was untill a few days ago). But trying to get them to see past that is impossible, it's like trying to get an islamic man to understand a democracy. They just don't want to put the time or effort in.

There is really no point just a rant. As I tend to rant off about things a lot that grind my gears and this is one of them. Maybe when we get our CF affiliates started out here that line of thinking will change and we can start getting people out here to realize their full potential with supportive and motivational trainers who are in it to help them and not hurt them.

Jonas Lind
11-10-2007, 12:58 PM
... it's like trying to get an islamic man to understand a democracy. They just don't want to put the time or effort in.

One of the weirdest quotes so far. What do you mean by that?

Patrick Donnelly
11-10-2007, 02:13 PM
Re: Jonas
I'm sure he didn't mean anything racist by it. It would have been better if he had said "extremist" in front of it though.

Re: Kevin
Better service = better results = happy customers

I just hope that CrossFit affiliates never loose that ideal.

Kevin Perry
11-11-2007, 12:21 AM
I was just really ticked by the way they treated her. About the quote, I meant extremist. I look at things in a very awkward standard but it makes sense for me which is what counts.

Mike ODonnell
11-11-2007, 05:34 AM
Personal trainers are becomming like used car salesman....slowly creeping down the humanity chain....sad really but then again they are a product of their environment and the fitness industry is more corrupt and focused on money than getting anyone any kind of results. As a nation we are highly misinformed about how to get real health and results. I dont care what certs I have....I will never refer to myself as a "personal trainer"...as I do not want to be associated with that low of a reputation.