jarethrake (jarethrake) wrote in bad_service,
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The other day, I had my first gym induction.  For context, I'm female, and so was the person doing the induction.


I specifically asked to be shown the weight machines, explaining that I swim and run, so I really don't need any cardio (though I understand that she still needed to show me the machines, and they will be pretty useful sometimes!). 

I said I wanted to build strength, and she replied, "oh, you want to tone!".  No matter how many times I explained that I want to (eventually) bench-press my own body weight, she couldn't grasp that I wanted to build strength and not just tone.

When she did show me the machines, she skipped over specific things, like the lat-pulldown thing, and the assisted pull-up machine.  Some of them I specifically asked her about, and she begrudgingly showed me, after another warning about bulking up.  Others, I just asked the guys lifting weights about once she'd left me to it.  On the machines she did show me, she told me to 4 sets of 25 reps, which is utter bollocks according to everything I've ever read about weights.  Even if I did want to tone rather than build strength, I gather than 2-3 sets of 10-20 reps is more effective, and it should be closer to 8-12 reps for strength.

It's a little hard to describe, but every time I mentioned strength-training, she looked at me like I was crazy, and warned me about bulking up.  At one point, she pointed to a guy on the lat-pulldown and said "you don't want arms like that, do you?!".

This isn't so much of a big deal.  She's not a personal trainer after all, and she did show me how to use most of the machines.  Plus, where I live, gym access is totally free, so I'm not as disappointed as I would be if I'd paid for the service.  It just seemed really bizarre that she'd keep going on about bulking up, and avoiding the weight machines I'd specifically asked about - especially since, when she did demonstrate the machines, she could bench-press at least half my body weight!
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