So this happened to me today:
Was I just stopped at the gym by a trainer and asked if I'm struggling b/c I'm obviously overweight? Huh. #fitblog
— Cindy C. (@Cindy_C75) August 8, 2012
I. Can’t. Even. Explain.
After having a disappointing weigh in today ( I was up .5 kg, but apparently the scale wasn’t calibrated so perhaps I didn’t gain, IDK. it also doesn’t correlate with what the home scale says, which has finally moved in the right direction.). I went to Subway for lunch (and that is another story) and ran errands all afternoon. So when I got back to the gym to workout (we didn’t workout after the weigh in since we had yet to have lunch) I was tired and just wanted to get it done. It was seriously megahot in the gym and I was already sweating. I got situated on the treadmill, and was just about to put my earbuds in, and one of the trainers (who I had never seen before) came up to me and asked if I was struggling with my workouts and needed help.
I hadn’t even STARTED yet. I was just untangling my headphones, which is what I said, and she hesitated like she was going to say something else, but told me to have a good workout. I was STUNNED. I watched her walk around and chat with the other trainers, but not once did she approach any other member. So, being me, I assumed that she singled me out because I am overweight and that I needed help. I felt angry and ashamed, and really, really pissed off.
Now I am not 100% sure that that was her reason for approaching me, but I honestly think it was. Just because I don’t look like society’s ideal of a healthy, fit woman, doesn’t mean I need help at the gym. It doesn’t mean I don’t know what I am doing. She has no idea what I’m capable of, and for that I’m ticked off. *
After that, I ran intervals on the treadmill for 50 minutes. Last night I lifted lots of heavy weights, and tomorrow night I have spinning class. Clearly I need help. I’ve been working out for a long time. I’ve had personal trainers and training sessions. I know how to use the equipment correctly and safely. Am I wrong for feeling hurt and being singled out?
*(I can see the other side of the story too and that it’s her job and she was trying to be helpful and/or trying to recruit someone to have personal training sessions. But if I need help, I will ask for it.)
Has anything like this ever happened to you at the gym or anywhere else for that matter?