Time with a trainer.

  • Latenight30

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    Feb 08, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    I think this goes right along with my post about gym etiquette. I have started back up working out and was in the gym this morning. One of the trainers, Bobby, had a client. She (that should say it all), wouldn't shut up. It's not a big gym but I know all about her now. So, my questions are first to the trainers,
    1. Do they educate you on how much a crutch you will be to these people you train? It's not social networking it's working out.
    2. What do the rest of you think about the constant chatter in the gym? Or if it was your business? Do you go to the oil change place and hoover of them and talk insistently?
    Happy New Year All!
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    While my trainer and I do exchange some personal info, our talk is mainly about form, exercise kinesiology and gym type stuff.
  • TheIStrat

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    Feb 09, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    My trainer doesnt do anything like those 2 things.

    He certainly refuses to even allow me to ever see him as a crutch.

    Sometimes he even yells at meicon_eek.gif
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    I used to chat with my trainer about a lot of stuff but it was only in between sets. He would never let me get extra long break just so that we can chat and in the end miss some scheduled stuff.
    Am fine with people chatting as long they are not occupying any equipment that I need for a long time and not using it or standing blocking a path. Apparently people feel the need to stand and talk where the path is the narrowest.
  • MisterT

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    Feb 09, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    When I train people who aren't friends, i usually will talk a little about non-gym stuff, to help build rapport, but i don't go deep into personal info, and try to keep conversation directed toward business over all.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    I abhor it. Last week I was stuck on the elliptical for 40 minutes next to two girls that would not STFU. They kept prattling on about whether boys were going to text them back and which Twilight book to buy their friend for her birthday. I've never seen two people more deserving of having their tongues cut out.
    The gym is a getaway from stress. I don't want to hear obnoxious chatter.
    The worst is people on their cell phones on the gym floor (even though my gym has posted rules that prohibits cell phone use).
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    Anyone that works in a position dealing directly with the general public faces these types of situations. Some people are like an open book and share EVERYTHING. I feel bad for the trainer who has to somehow hang on this chatterbox's every word without looking disinterested. But, that is what the trainer gets paid for- dealing with an individuals physical and mental health.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    My personal trainer is a girl and she never does that, but I would be annoyed if someone wouldn't shut up when everyone can hear them. You can have your social time when you stretch though.
  • neosyllogy

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    Feb 09, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    Latenight30 said... She (that should say it all), wouldn't shut up.


    Fuck you and fuck your misogynistic bullshit.
    Really fucking annoyed by male chauvinist undercurrents in gay culture.
    Also, fucking train and stop whining about other people.
    If that distracted: earphones/buds + music.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    catfish5 saidBut, that is what the trainer gets paid for- dealing with an individuals physical and mental health.


    Why people don't understand that personal trainers are not trained therapists/psychologist is beyond me...

    People chat with their trainers because it makes the time go by quicker- but if you have the energy to talk then you're not working out hard enough.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    neosyllogy said
    Latenight30 said... She (that should say it all), wouldn't shut up.


    Fuck you and fuck your misogynistic bullshit.
    Really fucking annoyed by male chauvinist undercurrents in gay culture.
    Also, fucking train and stop whining about other people.
    If that distracted: earphones/buds + music.


    LOL man. Step away from the computer and take some prozac.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    A1EX said
    catfish5 saidBut, that is what the trainer gets paid for- dealing with an individuals physical and mental health.


    Why people don't understand that personal trainers are not trained therapists/psychologist is beyond me...

    People chat with their trainers because it makes the time go by quicker- but if you have the energy to talk then you're not working out hard enough.


    Trainers have to provide a high level of customer service to keep their clients coming back. If the client thinks the trainer views him/her as an annoyance, they will find another trainer somewhere else.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    A1EX said
    catfish5 saidBut, that is what the trainer gets paid for- dealing with an individuals physical and mental health.


    Why people don't understand that personal trainers are not trained therapists/psychologist is beyond me...

    People chat with their trainers because it makes the time go by quicker- but if you have the energy to talk then you're not working out hard enough.


    Actually a good rule of thumb is you should be too out of breath to sing but not so out of breath that you can't talk. Still though, I hate incessant talking at the gym.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    When I worked out with a trainer, 90% of the time the talk was about my form and him pushing me to work harder. And that is the way I wanted it because, after all, that was what I was paying him for - to help get me to the next level. Of course, we talked about personal stuff once in a while and sometimes we ran into each other at the clubs at night and talked about that. But that was the exception to the rule.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    i have a rapport with my trainer. i see him train other people who are shitty and who i never see at the gym other than their training sessions (not that im there 24 hours a day but im there 6-7 days a week and you definetly recognize the regulars) and i can see the aggravation in his face. i think the fact that i put the work in makes it easier for me to talk to and i want to know the person that is training me, the more we get to know each other the better my workouts get ie he used to box and i said i had an interest in boxing so now we spar. its not like homeboy is askin me for bus fare. why wouldnt i wanna talk to my trainer?
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    sashaman saidWhen I worked out with a trainer, 90% of the time the talk was about my form and him pushing me to work harder. And that is the way I wanted it because, after all, that was what I was paying him for - to help get me to the next level. Of course, we talked about personal stuff once in a while and sometimes we ran into each other at the clubs at night and talked about that. But that was the exception to the rule.


    I live in the suburbs, so most of the trainers I see working at my gym deal with stay-at-home moms. These women don't work, deal with children most of the day, and prolly have limited interaction with the spouses when then get home from work. Their only social outlet is going to the gym and working out. So, I understand why they chit chat with their trainers so much. But, it is really annoying nonetheless.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    I worked with a trainer who was all business. We became personal friends, he was gay, but he was very focused on the workouts and teaching me.

    That said, we quite frequently wandered into personal conversations between sets... I was usually stalling because he was kicking my ass so hard... same thing for the frequent water fountain breaks. He caught on quick.
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    Feb 09, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    Try to put yourself in someone else's shoes. Guys like us are comfortable in a gym and show up there ready to focus on the task at hand. But for a lot of people (maybe even MOST people), a gym is an intimidating place. If chatting with the trainer helps this woman feel more comfortable to be there, then she'll come back more, which means he's doing a good job.
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    Feb 09, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    MenschPress saidTry to put yourself in someone else's shoes. Guys like us are comfortable in a gym and show up there ready to focus on the task at hand. But for a lot of people (maybe even MOST people), a gym is an intimidating place. If chatting with the trainer helps this woman feel more comfortable to be there, then she'll come back more, which means he's doing a good job.


    I kinda agree with you. When I'm nervous I will talk a lot but once I start feeling comfortable I will get more to the topic at hand. I for one never had this problem in the gym (kinda surprised me) but I don't talk much at all. I am slowly opening up to some of the staff at the gym and asking questions. To each their own I guess.

    I take an iPod and headphones to listen to what I want and blocks out what everyone else is talking about. I also got a great app to keep track of my progress.

    My advice is if it does get on your nerve to ask the staff at the gym to mention that it is making your workout hard to do. I'm sure they will talk to the trainer about it. Or if you see the trainer by himself mention that sometimes she gets loud. He might even agree. Just be respectful.
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    Feb 09, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    MenschPress saidTry to put yourself in someone else's shoes. Guys like us are comfortable in a gym and show up there ready to focus on the task at hand. But for a lot of people (maybe even MOST people), a gym is an intimidating place. If chatting with the trainer helps this woman feel more comfortable to be there, then she'll come back more, which means he's doing a good job.

    You're right. The trainer is there to help motivate the client and to make sure they aren't doing something incorrectly and risking injury. So while I loved it when the trainer yelled at me as a way to piss me off and make me work harder, if chit chatting with certain clients is what works, then they are still doing their job.
  • geebus

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    Feb 09, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    To the OP, it's actually very very simple, you provide a service to your clients. If they want to chat, then you'll chat with them, unless that's not your style. At the end of the day, if they're paying, they can unload all their emotional baggage at the hourly rate. *shameless* icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 09, 2011 11:29 AM GMT
    geebus saidTo the OP, it's actually very very simple, you provide a service to your clients. If they want to chat, then you'll chat with them, unless that's not your style. At the end of the day, if they're paying, they can unload all their emotional baggage at the hourly rate. *shameless* icon_lol.gif


    Erm, no. If you want to be a therapist, be a therapist. I train people, I donĀ“t counsel them.

    That said, some people do need calming as they do find exercise scary. But there is a difference between calming chat and endless yapping. I just make them work harder if they talk too much.

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    Feb 09, 2011 11:48 AM GMT
    Latenight30 saidI think this goes right along with my post about gym etiquette. I have started back up working out and was in the gym this morning. One of the trainers, Bobby, had a client. She (that should say it all), wouldn't shut up. It's not a big gym but I know all about her now. So, my questions are first to the trainers,
    1. Do they educate you on how much a crutch you will be to these people you train? It's not social networking it's working out.
    2. What do the rest of you think about the constant chatter in the gym? Or if it was your business? Do you go to the oil change place and hoover of them and talk insistently?
    Happy New Year All!

    You need a Valium or some sort of SSRI. You are way too touchy. Where are your earbuds anyway?
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    Feb 09, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    geebus saidTo the OP, it's actually very very simple, you provide a service to your clients. If they want to chat, then you'll chat with them, unless that's not your style. At the end of the day, if they're paying, they can unload all their emotional baggage at the hourly rate. *shameless* icon_lol.gif


    This ^^ is correct. You give the client what they want (which may be a lot of endless chit chat) and a little of what they need (exercise instruction). Makes for a happy client and a good business model. Keeps them coming back and money in your pocket.
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    Feb 09, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    When I had a trainer....all I wanted to talk about was training. Never really talked about weather,politics, traffic...etc...

    I want to be immersed in working out.....and being fit.

    I have 23 hours a day to talk about other crap.....this is my gym time.