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miatabill

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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2006 2:42:57 PM

OK...I'm 71 and have been pretty sedentary most of my life. A couple of years ago I started going to a twice-a-week exercise class for seniors, and going to the mall on the off days to walk. The lady that ran the exercise class took maternity leave, and it's questionable that she'll return. Deciding that I needed some incentive to continue exercising, I joined a gym. Had my first meeting with my 'personal trainer' last week...a young lady that is quite serious about her job. After the initial meeting with her, and having her put me through 'the paces', I was pretty worn out. I met with her a second time (I bought a package of 8 sessions with her...that was the minimum and really more than I wanted to spend), it's my opinion that she and I have different goals for this endeavor. I'm looking for someone to teach me to use the 'machines' in such a way that I don't hurt myself, and then my plan is to hit the place 2 or 3 times a week and 'work out'. Her goal seems to be more slanted to someone 30 years old that wants to turn their life around.

We have another session scheduled for Tuesday. I think I need to explain my goals to her again. I'm sure she wants me to get my 'money's worth' for her services, but my expectations seem to be lower than hers.

If there's any chance that I will continue using the place, I think we'd better get better agreement.

Anyone else have this kind of situation?
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2006 3:12:13 AM

Keep touch with your doctor. Hope he can advise you.
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miatabill
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2006 10:47:17 AM

Haven't been back. Going out of town next week, then I guess I'll check in with the doctor on the hernia and see if there are some 'safe' exercises I can do. In the meantime, I've been walking a couple of miles/day at the mall.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2006 11:40:50 AM

Hi miatabill,

Wonder how things are going.
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miatabill
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2006 9:29:09 AM

Well...I'm trying to decide if I want to go back to the gym or not. I know that I should be doing more exercise, but going to the gym is now something I dread. I'm not sure if the hernia I had repaired 5 years ago is kicking up again...I guess only the dr. could tell me for sure. I'm supposed to go in at 11 today, and I think I'm going to cancel and just write off the $$$ this adventure has cost (and will continue to cost for the balance of a year). When I signed up, I thought it might be fun. I think I was wrong.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2006 9:07:09 AM

Hi miatabill,
Glad that the trainer is responding. It shows that she can listen.
Keep working on yourself and asking for what you want.
I'll keep checking on your postings.
KC
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miatabill
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2006 2:49:08 PM

I've been continuing to go to the gym and work with the trainer. Little by little, she's finding out what I will and won't do, and I think we might eventually (by the end of the 8 sessions I bought) reach some accord. I've been telling her that many of the things she wants me to do, I'll never do again after our sessions are over...today she actually worked me on some of the machines that I'll continue to use.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2006 11:49:10 PM

Hi Miatabill,
Good luck with getting more fit. Sometimes the management will help you with learning a machine or two, at a time. Then ask the trainer for more details, suitable for your body and life style.
When you write your list of goals, sort them by short term (6 weeks) and long term (6 months). Tell the trainer that you expect to update your goals in 3 months, but stick with the small steps now so you can see results. KC
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RidinEmpty
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2006 4:49:42 PM

Write down your goals along with what you feel she is trying to accomplish and show her your list, so that she can see the difference. Tell her that it is her job to make sure that you are satisfied with her services. You are not trying to become the next Ahh-Nold (He He He). Just trying to do something for yourself to enhance your life and your body.
Sometimes in the service industry people forget that everyone does not always share their vision.
Good Luck

[Edited by: RidinEmpty at 3/20/2006 5:51:15 PM EST]
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MageIronWolf
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2006 4:32:17 PM

Yeah. Tell her straight up that she has to come around. If she doesn't go to the management of the gym.

She seems single tracked in her mindset.

Worse case scenario, BBB.

Good luck and stick with it in some way. Will be worth it.
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