Pet Peeve - Trey Addition!
So I'm in a mood. Fair warning.
I've decided to get another personal trainer at my #SelfEsteemCrushingGym. I've had several trainers there and one has been good, one has been okay, and one sort of sucked. And when I hurt my shoulder back in late 2015, I sort of stopped with the trainer. In late 2016, after the surgery, I started with some light lifting and then built up a bit before I went on my sabbatical. So I'm back from my sabbatical and I'm </Fatty McFatterson> a little bit larger that I want to be and so I decide to get a new personal trainer.
So I contact the personal trainer manager. A week goes by and I email her again. Cindy (let’s call her Cindy) apologizes. And then we begin an email exchange that I kid you not goes back and forth like over a dozen times. I explain what I’m looking for and when I want to train. And she wants to meet with me. But our schedules don’t match up. And finally I’m like, do we really need to meet? Can’t you just assign me a trainer? Which she does, for a day when I’m in San Diego for work. When I specifically said I wanted to start training the first week of May since I was in San Diego the previous week. And this is all symptomatic of that fact that while she’s reading my emails, she’s not really understanding them. I sign ALL of my email “Trey”. Yes my archaic hotmail account says the L word, but I don’t go by that. And if you READ and COMPREHENDED my email, you would figure that out. It’s not rocket science. So at the end of this drill, I’ve got a training session scheduled with Jay (not his real name obvs!)
I sent Jay an email and SPECIFICALLY say that while L is my legal name, I go by Trey. I prefer Trey. Call my Trey. I explain my age (*cough*), weight (ugh), what I’m looking for in a trainer, etc. I do cardio and lift by myself. So I want help with balance, flexibility, and core. Stuff I won’t do by myself. I tell him that I’m looking forward to seeing him at 6AM! A lie, but a small white lie. He responds saying that he’ll see me the next AM. So I’m there at 0550 AM. I do the treadmill to warm up and then I go to meet him. He looks at me and goes, “Oh, L.” And I’m like “No. Trey.” Seriously? Did you even read my email? So not starting off on the right foot with me. So we go through the paperwork drill when I really just want to work out but I’m biting my tongue. I explain again about my current workout routine. I do cardio mainly on the elliptical, stairmill, or bike. I’m not a big runner and since I’m carrying some extra weight I don’t want to put too much stress on my knees. We get through the paperwork and he’s like, “So what do you want to do?” Are you f&$king kidding me? I hired you to train me. In theory you have some sort of education and background in physical training to be able to tailor a program for me to help me attain my goals. I tell him that I’m looking to him for the plan and he thinks for a moment and he’s like, okay here’s what we’re going to do. He explains how his program all about using body weight (fine) to build strength (umm, okay) and lose weight (fine). The first exercise is long jumps. Which I haven’t done in probably 30 years and not really that great for my knees. It didn’t hurt so much as it felt so unnatural. But after expressing my concern about my knees, this is the first exercise? So needless to say I just suffered through the first sessions.
So today, I get an email from Cindy. I had filled out one of the “three minute” surveys from the gym and apparently my response got sent to her. I had complained about how hard it was to get a simple training session scheduled and I recommended that they replace the ancient wall clocks (some of which don’t have second hands) with digital clocks. When I’m lifting, I like to rest for 45 seconds and can’t figure out when that is with the current old clocks. Anyways, Cindy apologizes for how hard it was to schedule the trainer but she wanted to make sure she put me with the “right” trainer. Right. And then she asked me how the first session went. She also mentioned that she would ask about the clocks but it may take some time before those get updated. So . . . . big digital clocks on Amazon are like $70. You buy three for the weightlifting area. And done. But whatevs. It’s never going to happen. Most of the treadmills don’t have racks to hold books, magazines, or iPads while you are working out, so you have to look down and it’s bad for your posture. I submitted a recommendation for that and nothing happened. So I don’t have my hopes up for new clocks. But the main question is what do I say, if anything, about Jay. Right now my thought is to wait to have a second session and see if it’s any better. Plus, I’m in a funk right now so I’m not sure if my constructive criticism would be really welcome.
On the plus side, my month of sobriety is over and I’m enjoying a nice New Zeland Pinot Gris. So I’ve got that going for me.