Gym That Refused to Hire Obese Personal Trainer Did Nothing Wrong

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Fat manOne would never think that a former Olympic swimmer would get turned away when applying for a part-time personal trainer position. But heck, one would never think that that former Olympian would rank in at 515 pounds. Meet Matt Splitz, winner of eight gold medals and one bronze in the 1972 Olympics. He recently applied to a part-time job at his local Dumbbells Gym. When he went in to inquire about the opportunity, he wasn't even allowed in the building and a manager on duty said he was "afraid one of the moons that was orbiting [Splitz] might damage their building."

Yes. I'm serious.

Well this is ... awkward. I can't imagine someone having the audacity to say something that horrible and mean to someone else, especially about their size. The problem here? While yes, the way Splitz was treated is horrible and a simple "No, we're not interested" would have sufficed, I can kind of see where the gym is coming from. I mean, would you want to work with a drastically obese personal trainer?

Splitz is claiming that the gym discriminated against him, and heck, I agree with him -- they did. It's a slippery slope, though. Does the former Olympian have the knowledge necessary to help gym-goers get in shape, tone up, and be healthy? I'm sure he does. But does that mean I would want him to train me? Eh, not really.

If I'm putting up money, I want to pay for someone who can really get into things with me. I want to work with a trainer who can show me how to do everything instead of just explaining it. I want someone who can run next to me during interval training and do circuits with me.

As mean as this may sound, I doubt Splitz would be able to keep up. I don't think it's wrong to want these things from someone you're paying to help you get fit. Horrible comments aside, I'm sure that's where the manager's mind was at too. Here's hoping that Splitz finds a job, and maybe a personal trainer of his own, elsewhere.

Could you ever work out with an overweight trainer?


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nonmember avatar KateG

The gold medalist is Mark SPITZ, not Mark "Splitz," which sounds more like a porn star name. You sure you're talking about the same person?

nonmember avatar Mel

I could never had an overweight trainer. How would they be able to show the correct form? I did an assesment with a guy who was over weight and when I asked him to do it with me - he said no he wasnt there to work out. Not the most motivating thing.

nonmember avatar andie

This is so freaking ridiculous. They shouldn't have been "mean" to the guy, but to say that he was discriminated against because they wouldn't hire him as a personal trainer? Bahahahaha! I want to be a supermodel, but I'm 160 lbs. and not particularly attractive. Am I being discriminated against? This is just so insanely idiotic. And no, I wouldn't ever hire a personal trainer who was even slightly overweight.

nonmember avatar Rory Gilmore

I understand this is a blog, not actual news reporting, but if you read the linked article, it's clearly a joke of some kind. So, I seriously doubt that the gym owner actually said what you claim he did, unless, of course, there really is a job title of "bong loader" out there (and if there is, sign me up.

nonmember avatar kaerae

Are you talking about Mark Spitz? Try proofreading maybe.

nonmember avatar kaerae

Also, it was SEVEN golds, the record pre-Phelps, who won 8 in 2008. Doesn't anyone fact-check this driivel?

sconn... sconniegirl

Ok, either this is a joke or you are absolutely ridiculous. Mark Spitz was the winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics, and he is nowhere near overweight. The article you reference is clearly a joke...Mark Splitz doesn't even exist.

sconn... sconniegirl

...excuse me, I meant "Matt Splitz" doesn't even exist. I even fooled myself for a second there!

Maybe do a quick Google search next time?? Amazing.

nonmember avatar Steve

An early April Fool's Day story and The Stir fell for it.

nonmember avatar lisakphillips

Did you get this from The Onion? You know that's fake, right. An April Fool's joke on 3/27 is just crappy journalism.

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