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So I am asking to be switched personal trainers. Yesterday mine told me I was fat (which not a big deal, because I know I am) and told me that I should be eating no more than 1,000 calories a day and working out for at least an hour and a half, daily... he also told me if I want to lose weight quickly he advises eating no more than 300 calories a day and working out for at least 2 hours, because he does and it doesn't hurt him. Oh and he told my gym partner her dr didn't know crap because her dr told her for a healthy diet she shouldn't go below 1,500 calories a day.

Wed. Apr 9, 11:56am

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Yeah, you need to speak to the gym owner/manager. It's actually against the law for a personal trainer to give diet advice without having a qualification. Think of all the insecure overweight people who will come across this Icon of Stupidity and not know any better - do them a favor.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 12:02 PM

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I am just shocked he would try to "over rule" drs orders. There are idiots in every field, switching is a good idea.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 12:19 PM

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what a moron! he actually said your fat? Aren't you paying him to motivate you in a positive way? What a asshole! I think you should tell the manager that about it and then tell them they owe you some personal trainer time for free with another personal trainer because you're not comfortable with the advice he gave you as being accurate.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 12:28 PM

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You couldnt survive on 300 cals a day. Get a new trainer.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 12:53 PM

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I would not only ask for a new trainer I would demand to have him fired. If he said that to you imagine what he is saying to other people. That is not just rude, that is unprofessional. If your gym is not willing to fire him, I would demand my money back and find a new gym, a new trainer, and then go to the local newspaper and complain loudly. Sounds a bit harsh, but what he did to you is rude, tactless, and dangerous for your health.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 3:04 PM

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I would have punched him in the mouth. Seriously. Im glad you have self control. Bc I would have SOOO punched the guy. Let another member of the "gym team" know...thats un called for.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 3:49 PM

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Now thats a shame. Personally, the next time you go to the gym you find that trainer and let him know that the comments he made are simply unacceptable!!! Who does he think he is??? Then I would address the gym owner and let him know... and if that doesnt work go the your local news station and tell them your story... if that doesnt work...

Do you see where Im going with this? Never let someone degrade you to your face without you INSTANTLY taking action!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 12:11 AM

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OP here

the fat comment honestly didn't hurt, this is one of those deals where if you are poked long enough you either bust and become angry and mean or except it and tune it out... I obviously do the latter when it comes to being called fat.

I was just really shocked at the strict tone he told me this information, so matter-a-factly. And yes I was shocked he would disregard drs orders as well... His other comments included that I shouldn't be drinking water during workouts, I should be working OFF water, and that maybe 2 cups a day is fin but if I were eating a proper diet rich in whole foods (ex. fruits and veggies) they provide enough water, I won't get dehydrated.

I was just going to switch trainers, my gym partner was suggesting as soon as we left but I honestly never thought to ask for credit for the shitty session.

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 2:18 AM

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You have a very positive attitude and seem to have done your research about what is good for your body. Many others unfortunately do not do things are responsibly. You may not technically "have" to do anything but I think the responsible thing would be to report him to the management. Thing about the next poor girl/guy who gets his services who might actually believe his bunch of poppycock.

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 10:03 AM

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It sounds like this personal trainer has no certifications or education at all and needs to be fired. How can reputable, good gyms who want their clients to succeed hire uneducated people like this, who in the end may injure their clients? Liability, anyone??

Fortunately the personal training industry is changing and the best certifying agencies, like the American College of Sports Medicine are changing their policy. Within the next couple years they will only allow people with bachelor's degrees in a related field (exercise physiology, kinesiology, etc) to sit for their exams. Thankfully the industry is starting to weed out gorgeous bodies with empty heads who have their shingles hung out stating they're "personal trainers".

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 9:02 PM

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