Why I am refusing entry into the gyms?

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    Nov 01, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    Pretty says it all that I wrote several gym centres today, read on:

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    Hi,

    I'm Matthew, 36 years old. I'm pretty happy to disclose my disability to you that I have Cerebral Palsy since birth which some parts of limited movements of the body.

    I won't let my disability control me, never is and never will be. I wanted to go back to the gym again since many moons ago. I wanted to start training and tone up my body.

    Now, this part here is important to me, I have been visited one gym last month and tried to negotiate with its gym manager to join even I produced my doctor's report to say I am medically "fit" to him. So far, it hasn't resolved which left me frustrated - I do understand the safety reasons to use the gym equipment. He insisted me to use a personal trainer at all times - I felt it is a small part of discrimination against me but I drop it and move on to the next gym that allows me to join without any hassles so I am hoping you allows me to join.

    So please don't give me the same excuses to say "safety reasons", I'm sorry to say this but I am genuinely fed up with this. So I am hoping this could allow to join your fitness centre without any hassles.

    if you need to contact me, the best way to reach me by email as I am a hearing impaired person.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Cheers.[/quote]

    I am a bit annoyed about this - safety over human reasons... which that makes me feel like a punch towards a professional.
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    Nov 01, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    thats a shame…. the gym I go to has a lot of men with disabilities…
    guy in wheel chair.
    deaf guy (who is super hot!!)
    guy with 1 arm ( who is SUPER hot)
    and weekdays about 4, 5 young 'troubled' youth come in. They attend with their social workers.



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    Nov 01, 2013 7:42 AM GMT
    I'm not familiar with where you live.

    -Are there any more gyms in your area?
    -Do you enjoy training with a friend?

    The other alternative is creating a home gym, but if you want to work out at a gym and your doctor says it's okay -- you have every right to do so without adding the expense of a "mandatory" personal trainer. Usually when I don't agree with an answer I keep going higher up in management and will contact their corporate office... Emails work best, because it keeps a record on file -- good luck.

    P.S. You're incredible for wanting to workout, in my opinion icon_smile.gif inspirational!
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    Nov 01, 2013 11:00 AM GMT
    It sucks! I don't know exactly about your handicap but I have seen a few people in my gym with disabilities of movement and even one with one missing leg. They all practice freely like everyone else. I hope you can find a better gym for you.
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    Nov 01, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses guys. icon_biggrin.gif

    thebearerofbadnews saidpeople are unaware about the discrimination that the handicap experience. even worse, the stigma associated with it and how they're treated differently.

    have you tried going to the authorities about this or a lawyer to sue the gym for discrimination?


    I have been contacted Anti-Discrimination Board. It's up to me to make a complaint. I decided not to make one, I just dropped it and move on. I am aware of the issues affected me. I just wanted to make my life simple, not to create any dramas. But thanks for the tip. icon_smile.gif

    hairyandymthats a shame…. the gym I go to has a lot of men with disabilities…
    guy in wheel chair.
    deaf guy (who is super hot!!)
    guy with 1 arm ( who is SUPER hot)
    and weekdays about 4, 5 young 'troubled' youth come in. They attend with their social workers.


    That is awesome! icon_biggrin.gif Glad everyone works well in your gym. I wish they are doing their best efforts.

    AnOriginalI'm not familiar with where you live.

    -Are there any more gyms in your area?
    -Do you enjoy training with a friend?

    The other alternative is creating a home gym, but if you want to work out at a gym and your doctor says it's okay -- you have every right to do so without adding the expense of a "mandatory" personal trainer. Usually when I don't agree with an answer I keep going higher up in management and will contact their corporate office... Emails work best, because it keeps a record on file -- good luck.

    P.S. You're incredible for wanting to workout, in my opinion icon_smile.gif inspirational!


    Thanks mate. icon_smile.gif I'm afraid I do not have enough room to setup my home gym.

    I have responses from two different gym centres, both are required to get medical clearance from my doctor which I have my doctor's report and I will bring this to there. Hopefully next week, without hassles, one of these will get me in.

    I like to enjoy with a friend to go to training but I don't think any of my friends would be interested, which is bugger. So I am happy to be solo training that I hope people can get inspired by. icon_biggrin.gif

    IsugemiIt sucks! I don't know exactly about your handicap but I have seen a few people in my gym with disabilities of movement and even one with one missing leg. They all practice freely like everyone else. I hope you can find a better gym for you.


    Thanks mate! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 02, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    I think it's great whenever I see somebody at the gym working against an obstacle -- even just seeing somebody who is extremely overweight.

    It's always disheartening when somebody is trying to make a positive change and strangers criticize them for their current condition.

    I hope one of the gyms lets you in icon_smile.gif Let us all know.
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    Nov 19, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    AnOriginal saidI think it's great whenever I see somebody at the gym working against an obstacle -- even just seeing somebody who is extremely overweight.

    It's always disheartening when somebody is trying to make a positive change and strangers criticize them for their current condition.

    I hope one of the gyms lets you in icon_smile.gif Let us all know.


    Hi guys,

    Sorry to take this long since my last post... something was happened on my end that I was starting to think about "moving out" idea. So the gym/health issues(?) had to wait. One of the gyms made it through and saw what I liked it when I visited and other one - it was too long to hear from them. I have the sneaky feeling that my doctor won't tell them about what I do and what I don't use the gym equipment - I don't know why it happened.

    So... yeah, its time to move out. There you go... icon_biggrin.gif