Hi friends! I’ve been super busy lately so I’ve been on here less frequently but I was inspired last week to write about something very very personal. So personal, in fact, that I hardly share it with anyone. Howeverx in light of my experience last week, I feel I must share with you all and I must call out LA Fitness on some unhealthy and potentially triggering sales methods they use during the course of on-boarding as a new member of their gym.
For the last two years I have been a steady 3-4 night per week member at a Planet Fitness that is 40 minutes away from my house. The $20 per month 24-hour, unlimited tanning membership was just too good for this frugal girl to pass up! I spent hours per week at that place and it hold a special place in my heart as the first gym I ever belonged to. Hours preparing for my first half marathon, hours preparing for mudders, hours post break up pounding out every ounce of anger out on those machines and weights. I’m sentimental, ok? However, in light of new goals I’ve made for myself (seeking to become a personal trainer) I felt like I was getting stuck in a rut with workouts there. I lacked the motivation that indimitation brings (I’m weird, I know. But I personally love the challenge that seeing people who are much farther along in their fitness journey brings). I was getting too comfortable with myself there. So, it was time to change to a gym that was closer and on the next step up. LA Fitness seemed like the perfect fit what with the extensive amount of weight and machines in addition to classes, a pool, and sauna. Plus, only a 15 minute drive to the one on Carson Street in SouthSide.
With the membership I was told I get a free personal training session. I was really excited about this because I was ready to hop right back into the saddle and get back to my best self. I set the appointment and showed up ready to sweat only to find that it was a consultation. During this consultation the guy who was “consulting” proceeded to tell me that according to the BMI calculation that I’m extremely obese for my height and that I would need to lose 30 pounds to get to the “national ideal” size. 30 POUNDS?! I have about 22 percent body fat and have a massive amount of muscle weight… plus I’m very “well endowed” both in the front and back. If I lost 30 pounds, I would have little to no breast tissue and would look like skin and bones. I truly couldn’t believe the IGNORANCE and insults that continuously spewed of of this guy’s mouth with him even adding his own comments about my body. THEN on top of that, after tearing me apart, he proceeds to tell me that in order to “fix it” it’ll cost me an extra $100 initiation fee PLUS $200 per month on top of the $100 initiation fee I had just paid to join the gym and the $36/month I pay to remain a member.
I left in such a fluster feeling like I’m enormous and that there’s nothing I can do about it. All I could keep thinking is, “I am so glad this happened to me and not someone who hasn’t dealt with their eating disorder.” If that would have been said to me three years ago binge dieting, 2 a days, and laxatives would have been the first thing I turned to. I was super disappointed at how the consult went but after dealing with my initial hurt, I was able to push past it to see the good in all of it. I HAVE been doing such a good job staying in remission with my eating disorder and eating healthy and working out regularly. WHO CARES WHAT SOME MEATHEAD AT THE GYM THINKS OF MY BODY! He’s getting paid to break me down and then sell me on a service – which by the way is a HORRIBLE business strategy. I wish I could remember the guys name and I would call him out directly but more importantly I want all of you girls to remember this… NO ONE CAN TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK LIKE EXCEPT FOR YOURSELF. So until next time, imma just keep doing me and saying bye to the haters. ✌🏼️