I've had it with the business practices of Gyms! Some of them are just as bad as car dealerships!
My current gym (tomorrow it will be my former gym) has a great deal on personal training at $25 for a thirty minutes session. Which, this is what they told me when I inquired about it. So, I said sign me up. I told him that I want to take golf lessons soon, and I want to have as much range of motion as I can for my golf swing, and I also, of course, want to build overall strength and lose weight. No problem, but when we scheduled a session he tells me, "You know you have to buy eight sessions right?" No!, but I foolishly scheduled a session anyway. I thought, "well, I'll throw it on the credit card with all my other crap." But the more I thought about it, the angrier I got. I'm not mad at the trainer. I'm mad at the gym for misleading me into thinking that I could train a la cart. My logic was that I'll use the training to get started on my way, and then I'll go to the gym to workout on my own.
So, tomorrow I am going to call and cancel the training and cancel my membership. I haven't' been to the gym in a while because I've been walking at home. Walking is a better workout for me than swimming.
I won't be recommending them to anyone else. I understand why they require eight sessions, but I don't understand why they mislead people. Especially considering that the hospital that runs this facility is a religious organization.
I have a book "fitness for dummies" that I will use to design my workouts.
I had an offer for free personal training from a gentleman named Jimmy, but his gym was too far away from my office. I wish I had explained things to him because he had some hard feelings about it.
Also, I had an offer from a local lady for free training, but I don't think her manager approved of the arrangement, and she canceled a workout at the last moment one day (I had my workout clothes on, about to walk out the door), and her scheduling was flaky. Also, she flip-flopped between two different locations, and again, it was a lot of driving to the gym.
Finally, there's coach Jack Eyer in my Business Networking International (BNI) group, and he seems like a great trainer with a great system, check him out at http://www.coacheyer.com/Sparks.html but I just don't want to spend the money. He would allow me to make payments, and he gave me a discount in exchange for computer help, but I'm starting to learn that those arrangements don't work out well.
I also must mention Tom and Robin. They are awesome, and I really appreciate the videos that they made for me, but it wouldn't be right to ask them for free training. I am confident that I can do this by experimentation and reading.
I must remember that personal training and gym memberships are luxuries. I can live without them. I'll just have to research and experiment. I already have 5 lb and 20lb dumbbells. I will eventually want a good weight bench and other dumbbells.
I'm just gonna use the money that I was spending on the gym to pay off some of my credit card debt. I really have to learn to prioritize.
Okay, now I've got that off my chest.
Next, today's food. I entered today's food in the diary. Tomorrow is my mom's birthday, and I got us a box of chocolate low cal fudgesicles instead of cake and ice cream. I'm glad I thought ahead and bought the small box because we split the box. I ate six of them suckers, and they were good. So, I went over my calories, carbs, and sugar, but I don't plan on doing that again any time soon. Besides the popsicles, today was a great food day. Also, I walked a mile this morning and worked out my upper body at home. I don't need no stinking gym.
Finally, the highlight of my day: I received an autographed shirt from Moses Smith, driver of the #16 HASA Toyota NASCAR Camping World West Series Car:
Thank you Moses. Your shirt really cheered me up. I have it hanging in my office for everyone to see. Also, I like looking at it from my desk. It really motivates me to keep on keeping on with my weight loss and exercise. You made my day!
Check out Moses Smith at http://www.mosessmith.com/ Also, vote for Moses as your favorite NASCAR Camping World West Series driver at http://www.nascar.com/news/features/mpd.poll.camping.world.west/index.html Be sure to vote everyday!
I have to start a NASCAR photo page. It will be coming soon.
Have a great Tuesday!
View my food diary at: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/svinson6
View my exercise diary at: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/diary/svinson6