A Big Girl Rant: Personal Trainers


Okay, this really isn’t a RANT, its more like a random thought… here goes!

I was chatting with some of my (skinny) girlfriends over brunch the other day, “complaining” about how and when men choose to approach us. One of my girls brought up a situation where a trainer at her gym was bothering her each week, insisting on giving her free training sessions. A few of the other girls chimed in with similar stories.

As they went on and on about turning down personal training sessions, I realized that this was something I had never experienced.

Aside from a crazy stalker who almost followed me into the women’s locker room when I was a member of Bally’s, I have to admit that I have never been hit on at the gym. As I am pumping away on the treadmill or elliptical I often watch trainers in their bright colored T-shirts walk over to women and help them or talk to them. But I always assumed that they were clients. Listening to my friends made me realize that some trainers are scanning the gym floor and deciding who they should offer their services to based on looks.

Honestly, I can’t be mad at them. I know when I’m at work, I only flirt with guys I find attractive, but I’m just wondering from a financial perspective why it hasn’t hit these guys to branch out.

I could be wrong, but I thought the point of the free training session was not to get dates, but to grow your client list and ultimately, to make money. So, instead of approaching the svelte fitness model chick, who really doesn’t need your help to maintain her body. Wouldn’t it make more sense for these guys to approach the girl who obviously has some weight to loose and a greater need to purchase their services?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13818106113973273959 Angel

    It would make sense, yes. The problem I see though is that these men aren’t thinking with their brains, if you catch my drift. ;)

    I’ve never been hit on at the gym, but I have had this one guy follow me around and always workout at the machines/weights directly in front of me. Could’ve been a coincidence I guess, but it was odd. He’d make eye contact, smile at me, then exercise while watching me do my reps. Rinse and repeat at every single station I went to. It creeped me out, but that’s the closest I’ve ever come to being hit on while exercising, thank goodness.

    I have enough on my mind while I’m there. Flirting is the last thing I need when I’m sweating my butt off.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16295405140701372825 Dating Trooper

    That makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, their penises are located in a different part of their brain. By the way, do female trainers make such offers to build a client base? I highly doubt it. I fear a double standard would give them a ‘reputation’.
    Also, never been approached by either gender in a gym!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01782275108592668205 Amy

    Right on! I totally love your blog. You are smart, sassy, and really funny! Thanks for b eing such an inspiration!

  • http://www.molivinlarge.typepad.com/ Molivinlarge

    Cece, couldn’t agree more! I also find it odd that so many manufacturers of athletic clothing don’t cater to us larger girls, and don’t get me started on why Spanx or Flexees has such a large line of shapewear for skinny girls and maybe 25% of that line is offered in plus sizes. Drives me batty!