One 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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